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Pawn Facts (Texas OCCC) – Part 2

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR PAWN TICKET? PROTECT YOUR PLEDGED GOODS!
Unless you notify the pawnshop in writing that you’ve lost your ticket.
Anyone properly identifying him/herself and presenting the correct pawn ticket may redeem your item. Written lost ticket notification will require the original pledgor to redeem the pledged item in person. This notification may be by mail, and each pawnshop has a form available to its customers for it.

HAVE YOU PASSED YOUR LOANS DUE DATE?
You may redeem your item with associated interest up to 30 days after the due date. Sometimes, pawnbrokers may agree to “hold” an item longer for you, but agreements should be obtained in writing. Otherwise, after the last day of grace your item becomes the property of the pawnbroker at the pawnbroker’s option. Your item may then be sold at whatever price the pawnbroker sets.

Renewal. Renewing a pawn loan creates a whole new loan contract, usually by only paying off the existing pawn loan. A renewal must be done in person.

Extension. Memorandum of.
A pledgor and pawnbroker may agree to extend the date a pawn loan is due. The pawnbroker will compute the charge based on the number of days the loan is extended. A written record must be made of the extension. This may be arranged by mail.

Closed Pawnshop. If the pawnshop is closed on the last day of grace, the time is extended to the close of business on the next day the pawnshop is open during its regular hours.

ARE YOUR PAWNED ITEMS SAFE?
Many precautions are taken to prevent loss or theft of pledged goods. Unfortunately, this may still occasionally happen if the pawnbroker loses your pawned goods, an EXACT replacement is not necessarily required to be provided to you.

Furthermore, in such cases a pawnbroker is liable for loss or damage to pledged goods only as described on the pawn ticket. The pawnbroker is required to repair or replace the lost damaged item with like kind and quality.

Description.
This should be detailed and accurate (Serial number, make/model, size, color, etc.) Vague or missing description may cause problems if the item is lost or damaged. Common examples of detailed information include accessories such as remote control with TV or a list of titles of individual CDs.

Priceless items.
Sentimental value cannot be replaced: If an item is truly irreplaceable, consideration of its loss should be made before pawing it.

BURGLARY VICTIM? PAWNBROKERS WILL ASSIST YOU
Inquiries should be made by giving the pawnbrokers – within 30 days – a copy of a law enforcement agency offense report which adequately describes the stolen property. If there is evidence stolen property is or was in the pawnshop, the pawnbroker will notify the law enforcement agency that originated the report within roughly 2-3 days.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE RATES FOR PAWN LOANS?
The Texas Legislature sets the maximum rates pawnshop may charge and the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner is responsible for enforcing the laws. On $100 the charge could be $20 per month, which is 240% APR.

By Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner Austin, Texas

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