One of the elements of the new law is to provide better information on interest rates and charging conditions, like not charging interests when complains are being resolved.
According to the nacion.com article: "Advertising, marketing practices, detail on balances and interests, contractual changes and internet shopping are some of the aspects of credit cards that may face regulation, should the law be approved... It will be the first law to regulate this activity in Costa Rica, and would put the country up to date with similar laws that exist in other nations".
A new regulation code overseeing credit cards, by the Economy Ministry (MEIC), will come into effect on November 3.
Automatic teller machines will be obliged to show on-screen any fees charged for cash withdrawals or statement queries.
From Elfinancierocr.com: "Issuers will also be required to issue detailed credit card statements, showing the main balance, current interest, interest applicable to the specific period, interest for delayed payments, and the monthly interest rate".
The Solis administration is relaunching a bill which aims to set the maximum allowable interest rate for any type of loan.
Although the so called usury rate is part of Costa Rican law, it is not specified how much the rate should be. Because of this, "... the Costa Rican financial market offers various loans with very high rates that could be punishable, but the gap in the law does not allow the courts to determine what is a high or low rate."
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