The great concern of anyone taking out a loan is what will happen if they cannot meet the terms of the agreement. What happens when they fail to make a payment on time or just cannot repay the cash? To answer that in detail would require considering all the different loans and their various terms, but we can answer this question in a general way that gives you some insight into how loans work and what happens when you don’t pay them back on time.

The Terms

You first have to understand the terms of your loan. For most personal loans, you have to pay back the entirety of what you borrowed, plus an extra fee. You may also have to pay an additional fee if you pay back quickly. If you pay your loan back on time, then these fees should be all you have to pay on top of the base loan amount.

These are the terms you agreed to when you signed up for the loan, and that’s about all that most people look at when they fill out a loan application They may skim over the parts of the contract that talk about what happens if you fail to pay back the loan on time, but they generally expect to be able to repay the loan according to the original terms. They plan to pay their loan back on time and in full without any problems.

The Terms Change

However, life doesn’t always allow things to go according to plan, and sometimes people end up not able to repay the loan on time or fail to make a payment when it is due. When that happens, the terms of your loan are likely to change. This is all covered in the basic contract, and it doesn’t mean your contract is null and void and being replaced with a new one. It just means that the interest rate is probably going to increase, and you may need to pay some additional fees.

There is a cap to the interest rate, and the loans are regulated by the government, so the lenders can’t make their terms ridiculously high when you fail to pay on time. There are certain rules they have to abide by, and that may give you some comfort to know.

Still, those rates can go up quite high, and they may become very difficult for you to pay. If you had trouble paying back the basic costs of the loan initially, just imagine how much you will have to pay now that the rates have increased and there are additional fees to consider. It’s best to try to pay the loan back on time and avoid all that, if at all possible.

The length of time you have to repay the loan may change as well. Many times, when you fall behind on your payments, the lender will renegotiate the terms of the loan or simply switch over to a new payments schedule, according to what has already been agreed upon with you. This will spread out the payments over a longer time period and give you more time to repay the loan. Of course, you will end up paying more over time this way, but it may make things easier on you to extend the loan and have more time to pay it back.