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Financial Code - FIN

DIVISION 5. CREDIT UNIONS [14000 - 16906]

  ( Division 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 112. )

CHAPTER 7. Loans [14950 - 15103]

  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 112. )

ARTICLE 4. Limitations [15100 - 15103]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 112. )


(a) The board of directors shall establish written policies which shall set forth the policies of the credit union with respect to any obligation that is offered to the members of the credit union. The written policies shall set forth the maximum amounts and terms for any obligation offered to the members, including, but not limited to, the following information:

(1) For loans, the written policies shall set out the terms for unsecured loans, the maximum amount and terms for secured loans, the schedule of interest rates established pursuant to Section 15000 for each type or class of unsecured and secured loan offered to members, the maximum maturity for any loan, or, in the case of an open-end loan, the rate of repayment for any type or class of open-end loan, the limitations, if any, which shall be placed on the authority of any loan officer appointed pursuant to Sections 14602 and 14603, and, subject to the provisions of subdivisions (b) and (c), the individual limits on obligations that are applicable to all members of the credit union. Any policy developed pursuant to this section by the board of directors shall, insofar as possible, and, subject to individual creditworthiness, ensure equal access to funds available for obligations with credit union members.

(2) For obligations other than those set out in paragraph (1), the board of directors shall set out the interest rates and essential terms of the obligations offered to the members and any other information as may be required pursuant to regulations that may be adopted by the commissioner.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), no credit union policy shall permit a credit union to enter into obligations with an individual credit union member whereby the total obligations of that member, exclusive of amounts secured by shares or certificates for funds, exceed 10 percent of the aggregate dollar amount of the credit union’s savings capital.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), no credit union policy shall permit a credit union to enter into obligations with any one family whereby the total obligations of the family would be greater than the amount permitted by subdivision (b). For purposes of this article, “family” means the marital couple or any head of household together with those dependents residing with the marital couple or the head of household and those dependents attending school away from the principal residence of the marital couple or head of household.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 353, Sec. 11. (AB 2274) Effective January 1, 2017.)


Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 15100, if a loan is made for educational purposes and such loan would cause the aggregate of loans to an individual or to any one family to exceed the limitations imposed by subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 15100, such educational loan shall not be included in computing the aggregate of loans pursuant to Section 15100, provided (1) that such educational loan is secured in accordance with subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 14955, and (2) that the aggregate amount of such educational loan exempted by this subdivision from subdivision (c) of Section 15100 shall not exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 209, Sec. 13.)


(a) Notwithstanding Section 726 of the Code of Civil Procedure or any other provision of law to the contrary, a credit union, an affiliate of a credit union, a credit union service organization, or any successor in interest thereto, that originates, acquires, or purchases, in whole or in part, any loan secured directly or collaterally, in whole or in part, by a mortgage or deed of trust on real property, or any interest therein, may bring an action for recovery of damages, including exemplary damages not to exceed 50 percent of the actual damages, against a borrower where the action is based on fraud under Section 1572 of the Civil Code and the fraudulent conduct by the borrower induced the original lender to make that loan.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to loans secured by single-family, owner-occupied residential real property, when the property is actually occupied by the borrower as represented to the lender in order to obtain the loan and the loan is for an amount of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or less, as adjusted annually, commencing on January 1, 1987, to the Consumer Price Index as published by the United States Department of Labor.

(c) Any action maintained under this section for damages shall not constitute a money judgment for deficiency or a deficiency judgment within the meaning of Section 580a, 580b, or 580d of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 173, Sec. 3.)


A credit union, or the agent of a credit union, that has received a notice pursuant to Section 7507.6 of the Business and Professions Code, shall not make a subsequent assignment to skip trace, locate, or repossess a vehicle without simultaneously, and in the same manner by which the assignment is given, advising the assignee of the assignment of the information contained in the notice. As used in this section, “assignment” has the same meaning set forth in Section 7500.1 of the Business and Professions Code.

(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 192, Sec. 7. Effective September 7, 2007.)

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