Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

03/26/2014

Force-Placed Homeowners Insurance Update: New Rules Applicable to Mortgage Servicers

Force-Placed Insurance

New mortgage servicer rules were enacted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), effective January 1, 2014. The new rules amend Regulations X and Z, under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Truth in Lending Act, respectively, and create new requirements which must be followed before a mortgage servicer can legally force-place an insurance policy. Force-placed insurance was one of the highest profit margin activities of mortgage services in past years with lenders jumping to replace a homeowners $1,500 policy... Read More
12/12/2013

New Rules Protect Consumers Against Excessive Force-Placed Insurance Fees

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New mortgage servicing rules enacted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau go into effect January 10, 2014 to protect consumers from widespread unfair practices related to force-placed mortgage hazard insurance.  Mortgage servicers will now be prohibited from charging excessive fees on force-placed policies. Here is an overview of two major substantive rules regarding force-placed insurance. Excessive Fees Limitations Since the financial crisis, the mortgage industry has reaped millions in profits from force-placing expensive insurance policies on unsuspecting borrowers when their own policies lapsed... Read More