New York state law prohibits payday loans. The law stipulates that payday loan lenders (and other small loan lenders) must comply with the state’s criminal and small loan usury laws which severally restrict the allowable interest rates and fees to levels much lower than what a payday lender usually charges.
Companies may charge any interest rate and fees that the consumer is willing to pay. However state law caps small loans at a 25% fixed rate per year.
If you feel a payday lender is operating unfairly or engaging in illegal collection practices, you can contact your New York Attorney General:
Department of the Attorney General
Albany, NY 12224-0341