Posted by: Marilyn Vargas at February 17 2018 12:10:13.
A loan agreement doesn’t just prevent the lender from being “cheated”, it clarifies the terms of the loan and protects both parties. You’ll notice several things when browsing a sample loan agreement. A free loan agreement template clearly defines all parts of the loan so there are no misunderstandings later on.
In a loan agreement template, the amount of the loan is in print. The printed terms prevent future dispute of loan terms. If there is interest on the loan amount, the amount of interest is also part of the documented material. Having the loan amount clear ensures no disagreement about what the borrower receives. The borrower is also clear about repayment expectations. Repayment expectations include the amount of the loan plus interest. It also includes the length of time the borrower must repay the total amount. The time the lender allows for repayment is part of the options the borrower conveys in writing. The timeframe might be days, weeks, months, or years.
This agreement is subject to the broad principles of contract law. Where the Borrower has provided security, Lenders may wish to perfect that security in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).
What, exactly, was the amount of the money owed? Most importantly, a loan agreement makes it clear that the money given was, in fact, a loan – and not a gift. Also, it tidies up the loan by setting out payment requirements. Is the loan to be paid back in installments, or all by a certain date? Is there any interest being charged on the loan, or late charges if the loan is not paid back?