2 installments are missing can add 10 months to the loan

By Babar Zaidi

Affected by uncertainty, many people seek to take advantage of the rebate relief that banks offer. Although the banks have yet to announce the details and how it will work, we know that this is only a grace period and they are likely to charge interest on the unpaid amount.

Lack of two installments could extend your loan between 6 and 10 months, or increase the EMI amount at 1.5%. The lender can give you three options:

Option I: one-time payment in June of the interest accrued in April and May

Option II: Add the interest to the outstanding loan and increase EMI for remaining months

Option III: Keep the EMI unchanged but extend the loan tenure. The number of additional will depend on the age of the loan

Suppose a borrower took a mortgage loan of Rs 50 lakh at 9% for 20 years. The EMI comes to Rs 44,986. If he wants to skip the next two EMI s (April and May), the table given here (see graphic) shows how the moratorium will impact his repayment schedule.

Clearly, the longer the remaining tenure, the bigger is the impact. This is because the interest accounts for a larger portion of the EMI in the early years and progressively comes down. Even after the first year, the interest accounts for almost 80% of the EMI. But in the 19th year, the interest portion is less than 10% in the EMI.

Therefore, people with previous loans taken 10-15 years ago will not feel the burden as much as someone with a new loan taken 2-3 years ago. Ironically, people with older loans may not really need the moratorium as much as those with younger loans.