Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) approved new rules that will help prevent borrowers from being improperly foreclosed on by their mortgage lenders. The recently approved rules build on the current regulations that were created in the aftermath of the housing bust. The original rules required mortgage lenders to grant certain foreclosure protections to a struggling borrower once over the life of the loan. The new rules will require mortgage lenders to provide protections more than once, offering them to borrowers who make current payments after they have worked out an agreement to avoid foreclosure.
“This change will be particularly helpful for borrowers who obtain a permanent loan modification and later suffer an unrelated hardship – such as the loss of a job or the death of a family member – that could otherwise cause them to face foreclosure,” the CFPB said in a statement outlining the new rules.
In addition, the rules expand surviving family members’ protections and require mortgage lenders to give borrowers who have filed bankruptcy information about possible options. The rules also prohibit servicers from taking legal steps once borrowers have completed loss mitigation applications.
The rules come after a June report from the CFPB revealed that some servicers were giving homeowners wrong or outdated information or no information at all.
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