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FHA extends Covid-19 foreclosure and eviction moratorium

Federal Issues HUD FHA Covid-19 Foreclosure

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On January 21, FHA announced the extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through March 31. The moratorium applies to homeowners with FHA-insured Title II Single Family forward and Home Equity Conversion (reverse) mortgages, excluding legally vacant or abandoned properties, which were previously set to expire on February 28. Additionally, FHA has also extended the public and Indian Housing (PIH) eviction and foreclosure moratorium until March 31. The extensions are reflected in HUD’s Mortgagee Letter 2021-03.

Additionally, FHA announced that it extended the date by which borrowers must engage with their servicer to obtain an initial Covid-19 forbearance to March 31 (details on the Covid-19 forbearance covered by InfoBytes here), and requires that mortgage servicers provide up to 6 months of forbearance or an additional 6 month extension of the initial Covid-19 forbearance. The extension is reflected in HUD’s Mortgagee Letter 2021-04.