Excessive Mortgage Fees


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

Force-Placed Insurance Lawsuits Challenge Widespread Lender Practices

Force-Placed Flood Insurance Lawsuits

Major mortgage lenders are being sued for forcing homeowners into overpriced homeowners and hazard insurance when the borrowers own policies have lapsed.  JP Morgan recently settled a force-placed insurance lawsuit for $300 million. Force-Placed Insurance Overview What is force-placed insurance? Force-placed insurance is hazard insurance a mortgage servicer obtains on behalf of a borrower.  Essentially, when a borrower’s insurance policy lapses, whether due non-payment, simple error or otherwise, the mortgage lender will “force-place” a new policy on the property in order to protect... Read More