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On April 13, the Maryland governor signed SB 251, which amends provisions related to licensing requirements for nondepository institutions. Among other things, the act (i) eliminates certain paper licenses for collection agencies, credit services, lenders, installment lenders, mortgage lenders, mortgage loan originators, sales finance companies, check cashing services, money transmission businesses, and debt management services; (ii) provides for the licensing of certain persons for certain activities through NMLS; (iii) outlines specific information to be included on NMLS-provided licenses; (iv) requires certain licensing information be conspicuously posted (with certain exceptions) at a licensee’s licensed location and on websites and software applications; (v) allows for the surrender of a license through NMLS in accordance with a process established by the state Commissioner of Financial Regulation; and (vi) requires notification to the Commissioner of certain licensee actions. The act takes effect October 1.
On December 15, the Minnesota Commerce Department issued guidance regarding non-depository financial institution telework. The guidance provides that if the licensed location is still offering financial products or services, employees can work from home to perform tasks as long as the following are met: (i) transactions are tied to the licensed/registered location; (ii) consumers are not physically going to an unlicensed location (e.g., employee’s home); (iii) no physical records are maintained at the unlicensed location; and (iv) the employee is able to maintain the company’s data security policies and standards while working remotely.
The West Virginia Division of Financial Institutions extended, through September 1, 2020, its guidance temporarily permitting employees of regulated entities to work from home or some other remote location approved by the financial institution, whether in West Virginia or another state. The initial guidelines were announced on March 13 (previously discussed here) and had been previously extended through June 15, as previously covered here.
Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions extends emergency declarations to non-depository entities
On July 24, the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions extended emergency declarations for residential mortgage lenders, check cashers, bond for deed escrow agents and repossession agents, brokers and lenders licensed under the Louisiana Consumer Credit Law and Deferred Presentment and Small Loan Act, and pawnbrokers. The orders were previously covered here. Such entities are granted the authority to temporarily close licensed locations within Louisiana or to temporarily close and/or relocate to another location within the state. Mortgage loan originators are permitted to work from home, whether located in Louisiana or another state, even if the home is not registered with the LOFI. The declarations also provide instructions for notifying the LOFI of a temporary location change. The declarations will remain in effect as long as there is a public health emergency relating to Covid-19, or until rescinded or replaced.
Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation issues advisories on customer identification for depository and non-depository institutions
On July 15, the Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation issued industry advisories to depository and non-depository institutions on identification requirements for customers. In light of an executive order extending the expiration date for certain licenses, permits, and registrations, depository and non-depository institutions may continue to accept driver’s licenses and/or identification cards that expired or are eligible for renewal after March 12, 2020.
On June 24, Fannie Mae updated Lender Letter 2020-02 to temporarily modify the minimum liquidity requirements for non-depository institutions. Beginning with the financial quarter ending on June 30, 2020, the Agency Seriously Delinquent Mortgage Rate will include an adjustment for mortgage loans in a Covid-19-related forbearance plan that are 90 days or more delinquent but were current at the start of the Covid-19-related forbearance plan. The letter notes that the Mortgage Bankers Financial Reporting Form will be modified by June 30 to capture forbearance activity.
On June 24, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2020-24, which modifies the financial liquidity requirements for non-depository institutions. Specifically, the liquidity requirement is amended to take into account forbearances granted in association with Covid-19. Previously, the liquidity calculation was based in part on a premium on the amount of servicing for loans that are nonperforming (at least 90 days delinquent). The calculation now takes into account loans a lesser percentage with respect to forbearance loans that were current at the time they entered forbearance. For purposes of the liquidity requirement, if a mortgage exits forbearance during a calendar quarter, it will continue to be treated as being in forbearance until the end of that quarter for purposes of the liquidity requirement. The liquidity updates are effective on June 30, 2020.
West Virginia’s Department of Financial Services Commissioner extended guidance enabling employees of regulated entities to work remotely through June 15 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The initial guidelines were announced on March 13 (previously discussed here) and were set to expire on May 1.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury Department released a lender agreement for non-bank and non-insured depository institution lenders seeking to make SBA-guaranteed financing under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of the CARES Act. The agreement sets forth attestation requirements for two subsets of eligible lenders. Group A attestation requirements relate to depository or non-depository financing providers who have, among other things, “originated, maintained, and serviced more than $50 million in business loans or other commercial financial receivables during a consecutive 12 month period in the past 36 months.” Group B attestation requirements relate to service providers of insured depository institutions, who among other things: (i) must have a contract to support an insured depository institution’s lending activities; and (ii) within the past three years, must have been subject to an examination by the Federal Reserve, OCC, or FDIC in connection with that role. Unless an earlier termination occurs, lenders under the agreement will have “authority to make covered loans” until July 1, 2020.
As previously covered by InfoBytes, the SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, recently updated PPP frequently asked questions to provide additional clarifications to lenders and borrowers.
Please see Buckley’s dedicated SBA page, which includes additional SBA resources.
On March 24, The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) provided guidance to non-depository institutions to take steps to comply with CDC directives and Governor Andy Beshear’s guidance and executive orders. Entities are ordered to reduce face-to-face transactions; work with customers affected by the coronavirus to meet their financial needs; implement policies and procedures to work constructively with customers (including by restructuring existing loans, extending repayment terms, and waiving fees); manage COVID-19 related staffing issues; and ensure that business continuity plans include pandemic planning.
- Jonice Gray Tucker to discuss “How the new administration sets the tone for 2021” at the American Conference Institute Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Fintech & Emerging Payment Systems
- Sherry-Maria Safchuk to discuss UDAAP at an American Bar Association webinar
- Jeffrey P. Naimon to discuss "What to expect: The new administration and regulatory changes" at the Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference
- Jonice Gray Tucker to discuss “The future of fair lending” at the Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference
- Steven R. vonBerg to discuss "LO comp challenges" at the Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference
- Michelle L. Rogers to discuss "Major litigation" at the Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference
- Michelle L. Rogers to discuss “The False Claims Act today” at the Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section Roundtable