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Request forbearance or mortgage relief

To request CARES Act forbearance, you’ll need to reach out to your servicer. To ensure that you are ready for that conversation, we’ve got some information to help you prepare.

Call your servicer

For homeowners with mortgages covered by the CARES Act, you only need to explain that you have a pandemic-related financial hardship, directly or indirectly related to the pandemic.

Servicers may have scripts that they use when they talk to you. You can review scripts from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , to help you get a sense of what to expect.

You may have to wait on the line for a while to speak to your mortgage servicer because there are a lot of people also in need right now.

Be prepared with the following questions you want to ask. Check your servicer's website before you call to see if there is a list provided of information you may need or if you can apply online.

Have your account number handy.

Ask these questions

  • What are the criteria you will use to determine my forbearance?
  • What are my rights if I disagree with your determination?
  • What options are available to help temporarily reduce or suspend my payments?
  • Are there forbearance, loan modification, or other options applicable to my situation? What fees are associated with each option?
  • When will you waive the late fees on my mortgage account?
  • What are my payment options at the end of the forbearance period?
  • Will interest be charged on my unpaid mortgage payments during forbearance?

Get it in writing

Once you’re able to secure forbearance or another mortgage relief option, ask your servicer to provide written documentation that confirms the details of your forbearance agreement and that you’re clear on what the terms are.

What to do next

Once you receive mortgage relief, there are a number of things you should do to continue to protect yourself. See steps to take after you receive mortgage relief.