(a) A lessee who breaches any lease-purchase agreement, including but not limited
to the failure to make timely lease payments, shall have the right to reinstate the
original lease-purchase agreement without losing any rights or options previously
acquired under the lease-purchase agreement if both of the following apply:
(1) Subsequent to having failed to make a timely lease payment, the lessee has promptly
surrendered the property to the lessor, in the manner as set forth in the lease-purchase
agreement, and if and when requested by lessor; and
(2) Not more than thirty days have passed since the lessee returned the property;
provided that if the lessee has made more than sixty per cent of the total number
of payments required under the lease-purchase agreement to acquire ownership, the
thirty-day period shall be extended to a sixty-day period.
(b) As a condition precedent to reinstatement of the lease-purchase agreement, a lessor
may collect a reinstatement fee as set forth in subsection (d).
(c) If reinstatement occurs pursuant to this section, the lessor shall provide the
lessee with either the same item leased by the lessee prior to reinstatement or a
substitute item of equivalent quality and condition. If a substitute item is provided, the lessor shall provide the lessee with all the
information required by section 481M-14.
(d) A reinstatement fee as provided for in this section shall equal the outstanding
balance of any accrued missed payments and late charges plus an additional fee not
to exceed $5.
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