COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a focal point for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – especially with regard to mortgage servicers and loss mitigation programs. In its Fall Supervisory Highlights, the CFPB noted the increase in borrowers needing loss mitigation assistance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and cited mortgage servicers for two

Servicers That Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail, Warns NY AGIn a December 13, 2021 letter to servicers, New York Attorney General Letitia James reminded servicers of their continuing obligations to assist New Yorkers amidst the pandemic and warned of enforcement actions against servicers that fail to do so. According to Attorney General James, “lack of preparedness is no excuse.” Instead, the Office of the

CFPB Fall Supervisory Highlights Shed Light on Agency PrioritiesYesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Fall Supervisory Highlights. The report covers examinations completed between January and June of 2021. Over the last year, the Biden-era CFPB has made various statements about its priorities. For instance, the Bureau has issued comments or taken action related to the small dollar lending agenda,

After (Another) Unusual Year, We’re Very Thankful and Wish You a Happy ThanksgivingNow that the pandemic’s “social distancing” is lessening, we hope you are all able to gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving. As we do the same, we wanted to count our blessings as we review the year. This year, we are thankful for being able to return to our offices, our favorite restaurants, and

Agencies’ Joint Statement on Supervisory and Enforcement Practices Forecasts Increased Scrutiny and Regulatory Activity On November 10, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and state financial regulators issued a Joint Statement on Supervisory and Enforcement Practices Regarding the Mortgage Servicing Rules in Response

The CFPB Director Expresses Concern About Section 1071 Regulatory Burdens on Small BanksAfter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to Dodd-Frank 1071, Rohit Chopra, the new CFPB director, expressed his concern regarding the regulatory burden that the proposed rule would have on small banks. Director Chopra stated that he hoped the CFPB could move towards bright-lined rules that are

CFPB Issues NPRM on Dodd-Frank 1071; Bradley to Host Initial Webinar on September 8Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to Dodd-Frank 1071. As we have discussed in this space, Section 1071 amends the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to mandate certain reporting requirements for financial services companies making business loans. The act aims to “facilitate enforcement of fair

The CFPB’s New COVID-19 Procedural Safeguard Rules Pose Significant Compliance Challenges for Mortgage ServicersJust two short months after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced its COVID-19 mortgage servicing final rule, the effective date of August 31, 2021, is here. As we noted in our detailed breakdown of the final rule and corresponding webinar, the final rule poses new risks and challenges for mortgage servicers attempting to

FHA Updates Single Family Policy Handbook 4000.1In late July, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) made several important revisions to the Single Family Policy Handbook 4000.1. The new guidance is part of a series of changes recently announced by the Biden-era FHA, including guidance related to COVID-19 recovery loss mitigation options. Describing the changes as primarily “enhancements and revisions” and “technical

Department of Veterans Affairs Expands Its Limited-Time COVID-19 Mortgage Relief OptionsOn July 23, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Circular 26-21-13, which announced a new temporary modification called the COVID-19 Refund Modification. The COVID-19 Refund Modification and the COVID-19 Veterans Assistance Partial Claim Payment option are now both designed to help borrowers experiencing financial hardship related to COVID-19 bring their mortgages current