EFFECTIVE DATE FOR FINAL SERVICING RULES ESTABLISHED

On October 19, 2016 the final Servicing Rules published by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on August 6, 2016 were finally published in the Federal Register. The final rule clarifies, revises, or amends provisions regarding force-placed insurance notices, policies and procedures, early intervention, and loss mitigation requirements under Regulation X’s servicing provisions; and prompt crediting and periodic statement requirements under Regulation Z’s servicing provisions. The final rule also addresses proper compliance regarding certain servicing requirements when a person is a potential or confirmed successor in interest, is a debtor in bankruptcy, or sends a cease communication request under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The final rule also makes technical corrections to several provisions of Regulations X and Z. The Bureau is issuing concurrently with this final rule an interpretive rule under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act relating to servicers’ compliance with certain mortgage servicing rules.

This final rule is generally effective on October 19, 2017, with an extended effective date of April 19, 2018 for provisions relating to bankruptcy periodic statements and to successors in interest.

A copy of the Federal Register copy of the final rules is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/19/2016-18901/amendments-to-the-2013-mortgage-rules-under-the-real-estate-settlement-procedures-act-regulation-x

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