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Protections for Borrowers Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Regulation X

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is proposing amending Regulation X to assist borrowers affected by the COVID-19 emergency. The proposed amendments would generally prohibit servicers from making the first notice or filing required for foreclosure until after December 31, 2021, amend early intervention and reasonable diligence obligations to ensure that servicers are communicating timely and accurate information to borrowers about their loss mitigation options during the current crisis, and temporarily permit mortgage servicers to offer certain loss mitigation options made available to borrowers experiencing a COVID-19-related hardship based on the evaluation of an incomplete application.

Category: Proposed rule |

2012 Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) Mortgage Servicing Proposal

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (the Bureau) is proposing to amend Regulation X, which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (RESPA) and the official interpretation of the regulation. The proposed amendments implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) provisions regarding mortgage loan servicing. Specifically, this proposal requests comment regarding proposed additions to Regulation X to address seven servicer obligations: To correct errors asserted by mortgage loan borrowers; to provide information requested by mortgage loan borrowers; to ensure that a reasonable basis exists to obtain force-placed insurance; to establish reasonable information management policies and procedures; to provide information about mortgage loss mitigation options to delinquent borrowers; to provide delinquent borrowers access to servicer personnel with continuity of contact about the borrower's mortgage loan account; and to evaluate borrowers' applications for available loss mitigation options.