FHA extends foreclosure moratorium for HECM borrowers in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Extends foreclosure freeze for hurricane victims

Earlier this month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that the Federal Housing Administration would be extending the foreclosure moratorium for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The extension previously dealt only with forward borrowers, but HUD and the FHA are now extending the foreclosure moratorium for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage borrowers as well.

Originally, the FHA told lenders and servicers to suspend foreclosures on the islands for 180 days, but the FHA later added 60 days onto the foreclosure moratorium due to the “extensive damage and continuing needs in these hard-hit territories.”

That pushed the foreclosure freeze out until May 18, 2018.

And Monday, HUD announced that the HECM foreclosure moratorium is also extended until May 18, 2018.

“Today, the Federal Housing Administration announced that due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has exercised its authority to extend foreclosure timelines through May 18, 2018, for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages on impacted properties in those Presidentially-Declared Major Disaster Areas,” HUD said in a message to lenders and servicers.

According to HUD, the extension is applicable only to “those counties declared eligible for Individual Assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”

HUD added that the freeze applies to “both the initiation of foreclosures and foreclosures already in process on HECMs that become due and payable for reasons other than the death of the last surviving borrower and eligible non-borrowing spouse.”

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