HUD approves settlement resolving Fair Housing Act violation
On March 8, HUD released a Conciliation Agreement between an African-American consumer and a mortgage lender to resolve allegations that the consumer’s home was appraised at an amount lower than its actual worth due to her race. Under the Fair Housing Act, a homeowner’s race may not influence the valuation of a home, HUD stated. While the lender denied having engaged in any discriminatory behavior, it agreed to pay $50,000 to the consumer and will provide mandatory training to all of its home lending advisors and client care specialists nationwide on the reconsideration of value (ROV) process and fair lending issues related to appraisals. Training will include information on how to handle complaints of discrimination in the appraisal process and the process for consumers to submit ROV requests.