In recent years, Russia has started to actively develop mortgage lending. Tens of thousands of families took advantage of a mortgage loan to acquire or improve their living conditions. However, the mortgage crisis has flared up was hit hard first by the U.S. mortgage market, and then on the Russian. The company "Finmag" reviewed the country's existing legal framework and tried to find out whether the borrower to deal with higher interest rates for mortgage loans. One of the most important consequences of the crisis was the lack of access to obtain "cheap" money lending by Russian banks by foreign, and as a consequence, a sharp rise in cost of credit. Currently, average mortgage rates reached a level of 2002 – 17-18% in rubles and 14-15% in foreign currency. And the best average rates, which until August 2008 were corrected only by hundredths of percent in October jumped by 1.5% in currency and 2% in rubles according to a study 'Fosborn Home'.
Raising rates and demand early repayment of the loan are now the most likely risk to the borrower. Can I somehow to deal with rising interest rates on your loan? "Under the Civil Code (CC), the change can be arranged by agreement between the parties or by other methods stipulated by the contract. Accordingly, if the credit contract will now be possible to unilaterally change its terms, the increase in interest rates unilaterally is not contrary. This position is also supported by the federal law 'On Banks and Banking', which states that the credit institution has the right to unilaterally change the interest rates on loans in the cases stipulated by the contract with the customer "- explains Natalia Volkova, Senior Counsel of the legal support of Retail Russian Development Bank.