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10 Pa. Code § 59.11. Early intervention requirements for certain borrowers.

§ 59.11. Early intervention requirements for certain borrowers.

 (a)  Live contact. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a servicer shall establish or make good faith efforts to establish a live single point of contact with a delinquent borrower no later than the 36th day of a borrower’s delinquency and again no later than 36 days after each payment due date so long as the borrower remains delinquent. Promptly after establishing live contact with a borrower, the servicer shall inform the borrower about the availability of loss mitigation options, if appropriate, and take the actions described in subsection (e), if applicable.

 (b)  Written notice.

   (1)  Notice required. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a servicer shall provide to a delinquent borrower a written notice with the information set forth in paragraph (b)(2) of this section no later than the 45th day of the borrower’s delinquency and again no later than 45 days after each payment due date so long as the borrower remains delinquent. A servicer is not required to provide the written notice, however, more than once during any 180-day period. If a borrower is 45 days or more delinquent at the end of any 180-day period after the servicer has provided the written notice, a servicer must provide the written notice again no later than 180 days after the provision of the prior written notice. If a borrower is less than 45 days delinquent at the end of any 180-day period after the servicer has provided the written notice, a servicer must provide the written notice again no later than 45 days after the payment due date for which the borrower remains delinquent.

   (2)  Content of the written notice. The notice required by paragraph (b)(1) of this section shall include:

     (i)   A statement encouraging the borrower to contact the servicer;

     (ii)   The telephone number to access servicer personnel assigned pursuant to §  59.12(a) (relating to continuity of contact) and the servicer’s mailing address;

     (iii)   If applicable, a statement providing a brief description of examples of loss mitigation options that may be available from the servicer;

     (iv)   If applicable, either application instructions or a statement informing the borrower how to obtain more information about loss mitigation options from the servicer; and

     (v)   The Web site to access either the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau list or the HUD list of homeownership counselors or counseling organizations, and the HUD toll-free telephone number to access homeownership counselors or counseling organizations.

   (3)  Model clauses. Model clauses MS-4(A), MS-4(B), and MS-4(C), in appendix MS-4 to 12 CFR Part 1024, Subpart C (relating to mortgage servicing) may be used to comply with the requirements of this paragraph (b).

 (c)  Borrowers in bankruptcy.

   (1)  Partial exemption. While any borrower on a mortgage loan is a debtor in bankruptcy under title 11 of the United States Code, a servicer, with regard to that mortgage loan:

     (i)   Is exempt from the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section;

     (ii)   Is exempt from the requirements of paragraph (b) of this section if no loss mitigation option is available, or if any borrower on the mortgage loan has provided a notification pursuant to section 805(c) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) (15 U.S.C.A. §  1692c(c)) with respect to that mortgage loan as referenced in paragraph (d) of this section; and

     (iii)   If the conditions of paragraph (c)(1)(ii) of this section are not met, must comply with the requirements of paragraph (b) of this section, as modified by this paragraph (c)(1)(iii):

       (A)   If a borrower is delinquent when the borrower becomes a debtor in bankruptcy, a servicer must provide the written notice required by paragraph (b) of this section not later than the 45th day after the borrower files a bankruptcy petition under title 11 of the United States Code. If the borrower is not delinquent when the borrower files a bankruptcy petition, but subsequently becomes delinquent while a debtor in bankruptcy, the servicer must provide the written notice not later than the 45th day of the borrower’s delinquency. A servicer must comply with these timing requirements regardless of whether the servicer provided the written notice in the preceding 180-day period.

       (B)   The written notice required by paragraph (b) of this section may not contain a request for payment.

       (C)   A servicer is not required to provide the written notice required by paragraph (b) of this section more than once during a single bankruptcy case.

   (2)  Resuming compliance.

     (i)   Except as provided in paragraph (c)(2)(ii) of this section, a servicer that was exempt from paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section pursuant to paragraph (c)(1) of this section must resume compliance with paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section after the next payment due date that follows the earliest of the following events:

       (A)   The bankruptcy case is dismissed;

       (B)   The bankruptcy case is closed; and

       (C)   The borrower reaffirms personal liability for the mortgage loan.

     (ii)   With respect to a mortgage loan for which the borrower has discharged personal liability pursuant to 11 U.S.C.A. § §  727, 1141, 1228, or 1328, a servicer:

       (A)   Is not required to resume compliance with paragraph (a) of this section; and

       (B)   Must resume compliance with paragraph (b) of this section if the borrower has made any partial or periodic payment on the mortgage loan after the commencement of the borrower’s bankruptcy case.

 (d)  Fair Debt Collection Practices Act—partial exemption. With regard to a mortgage loan for which any borrower has provided a notification pursuant to section 805(c) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) (15 U.S.C.A. §  1692c(c)), a servicer subject to the FDCPA with respect to that borrower’s loan:

   (1)  Is exempt from the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section;

   (2)  Is exempt from the requirements of paragraph (b) of this section if no loss mitigation option is available, or while any borrower on that mortgage loan is a debtor in bankruptcy under title 11 of the United States Code as referenced in paragraph (c) of this section; and

   (3)  If the conditions of paragraph (d)(2) of this section are not met, must comply with the requirements of paragraph (b) of this section, as modified by this paragraph (d)(3):

     (i)   In addition to the information required pursuant to paragraph (b)(2) of this section, the written notice must include a statement that the servicer may or intends to invoke its specified remedy of foreclosure. Model clause MS-4(D) in appendix MS-4 12 CFR Part 1024, Subpart C may be used to comply with this requirement.

     (ii)   The written notice may not contain a request for payment.

     (iii)   A servicer is prohibited from providing the written notice more than once during any 180-day period. If a borrower is 45 days or more delinquent at the end of any 180-day period after the servicer has provided the written notice, a servicer must provide the written notice again no later than 190 days after the provision of the prior written notice. If a borrower is less than 45 days delinquent at the end of any 180-day period after the servicer has provided the written notice, a servicer must provide the written notice again no later than 45 days after the payment due date for which the borrower remains delinquent or 190 days after the provision of the prior written notice, whichever is later.

 (e)  Temporary COVID-19-related live contact. Until October 1, 2022, in complying with the requirements described in subsection (a), promptly after establishing live contact with a borrower the servicer shall take the following actions:

   (1)  Borrowers not in forbearance programs at the time of live contact. At the time the servicer establishes live contact under subsection (a), if the borrower is not in a forbearance program and the owner or assignee of the borrower’s mortgage loan makes a forbearance program available to borrowers experiencing a COVID-19-related hardship, the servicer shall inform the borrower of all of the following information:

     (i)   That forbearance programs are available for borrowers experiencing a COVID-19-related hardship and, unless the borrower states that they are not interested in receiving information about these programs, the servicer shall list and briefly describe to the borrower any of these forbearance programs made available at that time and the actions the borrower must take to be evaluated for these forbearance programs.

     (ii)   At least one way that the borrower can find contact information for homeownership counseling services, such as referencing the borrower’s periodic statement.

   (2)  Borrowers in forbearance programs at the time of live contact. If the borrower is in a forbearance program made available to borrowers experiencing a COVID-19-related hardship, during the live contact established under subsection (a) that occurs at least 10 days and no more than 45 days before the scheduled end of the forbearance program or, if the scheduled end date of the forbearance program occurs between August 31, 2021, and September 10, 2021, during the first live contact made under subsection (a) after August 31, 2021, the servicer shall inform the borrower of all of the following information:

     (i)   The date the borrower’s current forbearance program is scheduled to end.

     (ii)   A list and brief description of each of the types of forbearance extension, repayment options and other loss mitigation options made available to the borrower by the owner or assignee of the borrower’s mortgage loan at the time of the live contact, and the actions the borrower must take to be evaluated for those loss mitigation options.

     (iii)   At least one way that the borrower can find contact information for homeownership counseling services, such as referencing the borrower’s periodic statement.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  59.11 amended under 7 Pa.C.S. §  6141(a)(2).

Source

   The provisions of this §  59.11 amended September 24, 2021, effective September 25, 2021, 51 Pa.B. 6145. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (391241) to (391244).

Cross References

   This section cited in 10 Pa. Code §  59.4 (relating to general disclosure requirements); 10 Pa. Code §  59.7 (relating to error resolution procedures); and 10 Pa. Code §  59.12 (relating to continuity of contact).



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