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FHA proposes changes to defect taxonomy for loan servicing

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance FHA Mortgages HUD Mortgage Servicing Covid-19 Consumer Finance

Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

On October 28, FHA requested stakeholder review and feedback on a draft update to Appendix 8.0 – FHA Defect Taxonomy for its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1. The updated draft appendix includes, among other things, (i) six new defect areas to incorporate loan-level servicing reviews (servicer operations, account administration, delinquent and default servicing, loss mitigation processing, home retention, and home disposition); (ii) severity tier descriptions explaining the process used for determining whether defects require corrective servicing action or a different response “based on the impact of non-compliance on FHA, the property, or both”; and (iii) and expanded, servicing-specific remedies for violations. As previously covered by InfoBytes, FHA issued an update to Section III of the handbook, which streamlined many standard mortgage servicing operational requirements and incorporated FHA actions taken to support borrowers experiencing Covid-19-related financial hardships. The proposed defect taxonomy updates are intended to increase transparency into FHA’s servicing loan review process and provide clarity on how FHA will hold servicers accountable for loan-level compliance. Comments are due December 27.

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