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HUD and DOJ Release Memorandum on the Application and Enforcement of FHA Violations Involving the False Claims Act

In an effort to provide clarity and certainty to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approved lenders, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on October 28, 2019, describing broad guidelines about how HUD and DOJ will coordinate using the False … Continue Reading

House Financial Services Committee Meets to Discuss Improvements to FHA HECM Program

The U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance convened a hearing on September 25, 2019, to discuss the federal Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, including recently proposed HECM legislation. The subcommittee hearing, titled “Protecting Seniors: A Review of the FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Program,” included testimony from … Continue Reading

FHA Extends Non-Borrowing Spouse Protections

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued Mortgagee Letter 2019-15, in which it announced several modifications to the Mortgagee Optional Election (MOE) Assignment claim process for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) with FHA case numbers assigned before August 4, 2014. As background, the MOE is a foreclosure deferral program that provides … Continue Reading

Secretary Carson Focused on Improving Access to Manufactured Housing

During testimony before the United States Senate, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson stated his belief that manufactured housing plays a “vital role in meeting the nation’s affordable housing needs,” and supported removing barriers that may prevent some consumers from obtaining manufactured housing. Secretary Carson’s comments, which provided a detailed look … Continue Reading

FHA Rule Reduces Barriers to Reverse Mortgages for Condominium Owners

After a nearly three-year delay, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has finally released an update to its FHA condominium rules. The new rules, which take effect October 15, 2019, allow for FHA insurance approval on individual condominium units and ease burdensome FHA-insured reverse mortgage application requirements on condos, expanding access to … Continue Reading

HUD Proposed Rule Demands More Disparate and More Impact to Establish Disparate Impact Liability

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a sweeping proposed rule on August 1 seeking to amend HUD’s interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard. According to HUD, the proposed rule is designed to better reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community … Continue Reading

United States Senate to Consider Legislation Expanding Fair Housing Protection to LGBTQ Community

A bipartisan measure was introduced in the United States Senate in late April to expand fair housing protections to LGBTQ persons. The Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019, introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), would expressly include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as characteristics protected by the … Continue Reading

HUD Charges Facebook with Violating the Fair Housing Act over Targeted Ads

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced charges against social media company Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3601-3619 and 3631). The charges derive from Facebook enabling housing advertisers to target Facebook users based on protected class status: race, nationality, religion, color, familial status, sex, and disability. HUD … Continue Reading

HUD Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Aggressive Enforcement of the Fair Housing Act

Fifty years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to Fair Housing, both through the support of private enforcement and through its own public enforcement. HUD recently announced that 80 non-profit organizations committed to fair housing will receive … Continue Reading

FHA Expands Program to Accelerate Financing of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Multifamily Housing Projects

The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is, in part, to bolster the economy by strengthening the housing market, protecting consumers, and working to meet the needs for quality affordable rental homes. To further this mission, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) launched a pilot program in 2012 to streamline mortgage … Continue Reading

HUD Drastically Cuts Advance Notice for REAC Inspections

You are the property manager for a HUD-subsidized apartment development. One day, the owner of the development rushes into your office, visibly frantic. The owner says, “We just received a letter from HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) that REAC inspectors have scheduled the property for an inspection.” You respond, “Don’t worry — with extensions … Continue Reading

DOJ Continues Fair Housing Act Enforcement Actions

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed a civil action in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee against an apartment development and its property management company alleging violations of sections 3604(a) and 3604(b) of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Specifically, the complaint challenges the management company’s policy of … Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Rules Reverse Mortgage Companies Not Prohibited from Foreclosing on Non-Borrowing Spouses

Mortgagees of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (“HECMs,” more commonly known as reverse mortgages) obtained a significant victory in an important federal appellate court, which ruled last month that non-borrowing spouses are not protected from foreclosure by the statute authorizing the HECM program. In Estate of Jones v. Live Well Financial, Inc., the United States Court … Continue Reading

HUD OIG Report Could be Precursor to Increased Partial Claim Reimbursement Demands

On September 21, 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”)’s Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) completed a review of HUD’s partial claims program. In many ways, the title of the OIG audit report, “HUD Did Not Have Adequate Controls To Ensure That Partial Claim Notes for FHA Loans Were Properly Tracked for Future … Continue Reading

Federal Appeals Court Holds that Landlord May Be Liable for Deliberate Indifference to Tenant-on-Tenant Discrimination

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently addressed a matter of first impression regarding landlord liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA): whether a landlord may be liable under the FHA for failing to address tenant-on-tenant discrimination. The court answered with a resounding “yes,” holding that the FHA creates liability where … Continue Reading

HUD and DOJ Challenge Facebook’s Advertising Platforms under the Fair Housing Act

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed an administrative complaint against Facebook alleging discriminatory advertising in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). HUD alleges that housing advertisers can use Facebook’s advertising tools and algorithms to exclude applicants based on protected categories such as race, sex, or national origin. Four days … Continue Reading

Bradley Partner Paul Compton Nominated to Serve as HUD General Counsel

Bradley’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group is pleased to announce that President Donald Trump has nominated Paul Compton to serve as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Paul leads the firm’s Affordable Housing and Community Development practice and serves as counsel for the Alabama Bankers Association, Inc., counsel … Continue Reading

HUD Publishes Final HECM Rule

Last year, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released a set of proposed rules affecting Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) for notice and comment. After receiving 83 comments and responses, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its final rule on January 19, 2017. The final rule, entitled “Strengthening the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage … Continue Reading

How HUD Secretary Carson Might Affect Mortgage Lenders

President-elect Donald Trump’s recent decision to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) carries potential implications for mortgage lenders. In accord with Trump’s stated preference for broad deregulation, there is much for the industry to look forward to. Mortgage lenders can expect to see a reduction in … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Court Finds the CFPB Misinterpreted Section 8 of RESPA and Violated Due Process with Retroactive Application

The D.C. Circuit Court issued its long-awaited opinion in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, No. 15-1177 (D.C. Cir., filed 2015) regarding the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single-director structure, and the CFPB’s attempted enforcement action against PHH Corp. (PHH) for alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). … Continue Reading

Preparing for FHA PACE: What Mortgagees Need To Know Before September 17

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued Mortgagee Letter 2016-11, which specifically permits properties encumbered with a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) obligation to be eligible for FHA-insured mortgage financing, whether for new purchases or refinancing. The guidance goes into effect this week on September 17, 2016. … Continue Reading

HUD Proposes Mandatory Assignment of HECMs

As part of a broader push to update its regulations regarding Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs, more commonly known as reverse mortgages), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on August 11, 2016. HUD is seeking comments on a regulatory change that would require mortgagees to assign HECMs … Continue Reading

HUD Announces Another Delay in Implementation of Property Charge Default Rules

On January 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published its first Mortgagee Letter of the year, in which it again delayed the implementation of the sweeping changes related to Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) borrowers in default for failing to pay taxes and insurance (together, “property charges”) that it first … Continue Reading

HUD Reverses Course (Again) on Non-Borrowing Spouses

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continues to grapple with how mortgagees and servicers of Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), commonly known as reverse mortgages, should proceed where a spouse that is not a party to the loan agreement or mortgage (a “Non-Borrowing Spouse”) survives a recently deceased borrower. In an August 24, … Continue Reading
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