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VA encourages mortgage relief after Hurricane Laura

Federal Issues Disaster Relief Department of Veterans Affairs Mortgages

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On September 4, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued Circular 26-20-34 to encourage mortgagees to provide relief for VA borrowers affected by Hurricane Laura. The Circular encourages loan holders and servicers to (i) extend forbearance to distressed borrowers and to members of the National Guard assisting in the recovery efforts; (ii) establish a 90-day moratorium on initiating new foreclosures; (iii) waive late charges; and (iv) suspend credit reporting on affected loans. The Circular will be rescinded October 1, 2021. Mortgage servicers and veteran borrowers are also encouraged to review the VA’s Guidance on Natural Disasters.

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