Big banks abusing 2012 settlement deal


Weak oversight means banks can get away with foreclosing on homeowners in middle of negotiations.
Investigative (District of Columbia)

Jon Prior
Politico
September 28, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Foreclosure, Housing: Mortgage

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI)


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The nation’s largest mortgage lenders are violating the terms of a punitive 2012 settlement that was meant to prevent unfair and unnecessary foreclosures that destroyed communities and pushed working families from their homes.

Interviews by POLITICO with more than 20 housing counselors, Legal Aid lawyers and government prosecutors in states hard hit by the real estate crisis that followed the 2007 financial meltdown reveal that the nation’s top lenders are violating the settlement and rules put in place last year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In some cases, the problems — repeated requests for the same documents, for example — stem from ongoing disorganization deep inside the loan servicing departments of the banks, but some homeowners and their representatives claim the issues are a deliberate attempt to use foreclosure to resolve cases that have lingered for years.