What is a mortgage discharge fee?

Elizabeth Blair Mortgage and Lending Mississauga, ON (905) 510-5785 Contact Profile

I received an email from someone who found my website on the internet, asking me why they were charged a discharge fee, by their bank, when they paid off the full balance of their mortgage. This was a fee that they were surprised to see and they were checking with me to see if that was a valid charge that they had to pay.

I explained to this person that this was most definitely a valid fee and that they should go back to their original mortgage contract/mortgage commitment to read the fine print, listed somewhere in their document. If you refer to the fine-print of your mortgage agreement/commitment, you will see it there listed under a “fees” section and it will list all standard fees borrowers will pay in certain situations, for example, service fees, assignment/transfer fee, processing fee, default charges/missed payment fee, as well as the discharge fee, as well as other possible fees related to the mortgage.

Here are a few situations where you would be required to pay a discharge fee:

1) if you pay off your entire mortgage balance;

2) if you switch from your current bank, to another bank, and register a new mortgage with the new bank.

3) if you sell your home and switch from your current bank to another bank.

The discharge fee is worked out, by your bank, on a simple one page form and it really does seem to be a very excessive fee to pay, for a simple form that may have taken your bank a short time to prepare. Interestingly, the mortgage

discharge fee varies from province to province and from lender to lender. Did you know, for example, that in the province of British Columbia, The Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) which regulates the financial services industry, has stated that a mortgage discharge fee must not exceed $75. You can read about their position at this following link:


Unfortunately, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has not created a similar cap on the bank’s mortgage discharge fee in Ontario. While every bank must disclose the discharge fee, in the mortgage contract provided to you, you can also go on-line to see what current published discharge fees are, at any time. Remember, however, that the discharge fee that you see in the mortgage contract you signed, is the fee that you will be charged once there is a need to have a mortgage discharge statement prepared. Bank’s published discharge fees can be viewed at this following link:


This article was written by Elizabeth Blair, a Licensed Mortgage Agent with Mortgage Edge in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Elizabeth services mortgage clients in Mississauga and all over the Greater Toronto area.

You can contact Elizabeth directly by phone at (905) 510-5785

by email at eblair@mortgageedge.ca

or you visit her website at: www.missmortgage.ca

Elizabeth is licensed with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and is also a Member of IMBA (the Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario) www.imba.ca Lic # M08005880 Brokerage Lic # 10680 Head office is located at: 15 Wertheim Court, Suite 210, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

By Elizabeth Blair Mortgage and Lending with Mortgage Edge in Alberta

Posted on February 06, 2009 09:59 AM

Source: activerain.trulia.com

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