Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is a non-profit regional law firm that provide high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.
Payday Loan Reforms in Ohio
Lenders always charge interest, but payday lenders recover many times the principle in fees and interest on small loans to people who are just trying to make ends meet. More than 58% of payday borrowers have trouble meeting their monthly bills with their paychecks. In 2018, legislators in Ohio acknowledged the need to reform payday lending practices and voted to protect low-income Ohioans from exorbitant interest rates and other unfair practices common in Ohio. A bi-partisan bill prohibits auto-title loans, limits loans to $1,000 and 12-months, and restricts interest and fees to no more than 60 percent of the principal and became effective in April of 2019.