Connecticut Department of Banking issues guidance to state chartered banks and credit unions
On March 17, the Connecticut Department of Banking issued guidance to Connecticut state chartered banks and credit unions on Covid-19-related issues. The guidance encourages financial institutions to work with all borrowers whose ability to make loan repayments may be impacted by Covid-19. Such efforts may include easing credit terms for new loans, waiving overdraft fees, increasing the number of allowed money market withdrawals, waiving CD early withdrawal penalties, waiving late fees for loan balances, and offering payment accommodations. The guidance notes that any modifications to existing loans deemed prudent by financial institutions in light of the circumstances will not be subject to regulatory criticism. The guidance also requests that financial institutions inform their servicers and collection agencies regarding the servicers’ policies so that borrowers receive information about possible accommodations.