The Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) announced on July 16, 2021 that effective August 1, 2021 it is eliminating the 50 basis point Adverse Market Refinance Fee for refinance mortgage loans. The FHFA notes that the fee imposed on lenders originally was designed to cover losses projected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue Reading
CFPB issues mortgage servicing notice of proposed rulemaking
On April 5, 2021, the CFPB issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend Regulation X in various ways related to the COVID-19 national emergency (the “Proposed Rule”). With the goal of enhancing protections for impacted borrowers, the Proposed Rule amends aspects of the early intervention requirements (12 C.F.R. § 1024.39), and loss mitigation procedures and foreclosure protections (12 C.F.R.… Continue Reading
Department of Education extends pandemic-related benefits
Without elaborating on its authority for doing so, the Department of Education recently announced the extension, through January 31, 2021, of certain pandemic-related benefits for federal student loan borrowers.
In particular, the administrative forbearance period, the 0% interest rate (pause in interest accrual), and the suspension of administrative wage garnishment and other collection activity will all remain in effect. … Continue Reading
CFPB Updates 2020 Complaint Bulletin and Again Focuses on COVID-19 Related Complaints
On July 16, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an updated 2020 Complaint Bulletin and again focused on complaints related to COVID-19.
The Complaint Bulletin reflects 2020 consumer complaint data through June 15, 2020, and focuses on complaints filed through May 31, 2020 that mention COVID-19 keywords. Of the 187,547 complaints received in 2020, 8,357 included a COVID-19 keyword.… Continue Reading
NYDFS emergency regulations require 90-day mortgage forbearance, waiver of ATM, overdraft, credit card late fees for borrowers demonstrating financial hardship from COVID-19
In response to New York Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.9 issued on March 21, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has adopted new regulations to provide emergency relief to individuals who can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The new regulations were promulgated as Part 119 to Title 3 of the New York Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations.… Continue Reading