Over the last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) has sharpened its focus on the mortgage servicing industry. Knowing that millions of mortgage borrowers will exit COVID-19 moratoriums and forbearance plans in the fall, the Bureau first issued a compliance bulletin putting servicers on notice that it will use all supervisory and enforcement tools against those not ready to process loss mitigation requests from these borrowers. The CFPB followed by issuing a proposed rule that would amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Regulation X so as to prevent “avoidable foreclosures” on this borrower cohort.

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