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CFPB Announces Final Mortgage Servicing Rule to Help Borrowers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic Avoid Foreclosure

June 29, 2021
Consumer Financial Services Alert

In anticipation of the expiration of federal COVID-19 pandemic foreclosure protections, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule amending its federal mortgage servicing regulations. Among other changes, effective from August 31, 2021 through December 31, 2021, a borrower must be given an opportunity by the mortgage servicer to explore all available loss mitigation options before a foreclosure proceeding can be commenced on a borrower's principal residence. The final rule also gives servicers greater flexibility to offer borrowers COVID-19-related streamlined loan modifications, creates new, temporary early intervention requirements for live contact, and clarifies how to exercise reasonable diligence with respect to incomplete loss mitigation applications related to COVID-19.

The new rule will not preclude commencement of foreclosures prior to January 1, 2022 if: 

Read the Final Rule 
Read the Executive Summary of the Final Rule

Stay tuned for additional implementation guidance from our Financial Services team.