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  • HUD announces disaster relief for homeowners in several states

    Federal Issues

    On March 16, HUD announced disaster assistance for certain areas in Virginia and Tennessee (see here and here) impacted by severe winter storms. The disaster assistance follows President Biden’s major disaster declarations on March 11. According to the announcements, HUD is providing an automatic 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of FHA-insured home mortgages for covered properties and is making FHA insurance available to victims whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged, such that “reconstruction or replacement is necessary.” HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program enables individuals who have lost homes to finance a home purchase or to refinance a home to include repair costs through a single mortgage. The program also allows homeowners with damaged property to finance the repair of their existing single-family homes. Furthermore, HUD is allowing administrative flexibilities to community planning and development grantees, as well as to public housing agencies and Tribes. 

    On March 18, HUD announced disaster assistance for certain areas in Maine impacted by a severe storm and flooding. The disaster assistance follows President Biden’s major disaster declarations on March 15. According to the announcements, HUD is providing an automatic 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of FHA-insured home mortgages for covered properties and is making FHA insurance available to victims whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged, such that “reconstruction or replacement is necessary.” HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program enables individuals who have lost homes to finance a home purchase or to refinance a home to include repair costs through a single mortgage. The program also allows homeowners with damaged property to finance the repair of their existing single-family homes. Furthermore, HUD is allowing administrative flexibilities to community planning and development grantees, as well as to public housing agencies and Tribes.

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  • FDIC announces Tennessee disaster relief

    On January 19, the FDIC issued FIL-06-2022 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and facilitate recovery in areas of Tennessee affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes. The FDIC acknowledged the unusual circumstances faced by institutions and their customers affected by the weather and suggested that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things, (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans, so long as these measures are done “in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC noted that institutions “may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.” The FDIC will also consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.

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  • HUD announces Alaska and Tennessee disaster relief

    Federal Issues

    On January 19, HUD announced disaster assistance for certain areas in Alaska and Tennessee impacted by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, mudslides, and tornados. (See here and here.) The disaster assistance follows President Biden’s major disaster declarations on January 14 and 15. According to the announcements, HUD is providing an automatic 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of FHA-insured home mortgages for covered properties and is making FHA insurance available to victims whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged, such that “reconstruction or replacement is necessary.” HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program allows individuals who have lost homes to finance the purchase of a house or refinance an existing house along with the costs of repair, through a single mortgage. The program also allows homeowners with damaged property to finance the rehabilitation of existing single-family homes. Furthermore, HUD is allowing applications for administrative flexibilities and waivers for community planning and development grantees and public housing authorities. For Alaska specifically, flexibilities and waivers are extended to tribes and tribally designated housing entities.

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  • FDIC announces Tennessee disaster relief

    Federal Issues

    On August 26, the FDIC issued FIL-58-2021 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Tennessee affected by severe storms and flooding. The FDIC acknowledged the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the storms and suggested that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things: (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are done “in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC noted that institutions “may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.” The FDIC will also consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.

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  • FDIC announces Tennessee disaster relief

    Federal Issues

    On May 14, the FDIC issued FIL-33-2021 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Tennessee affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding. The FDIC acknowledged the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the storms and suggested that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things, (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are done “in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” Additionally, the FDIC noted that institutions “may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.” The FDIC will also consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.

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  • Tennessee suspends certain requirements for MLO license renewals for 2021

    State Issues

    On October 22, the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions issued a memorandum to licensed mortgage loan originators suspending its requirement that licensees complete a criminal background check or authorize a credit report if they have not done so in the past three years as a condition to renewal for calendar year 2021, except where the mortgage loan originator has entered into a consent agreement with the department requiring such actions. The memorandum states the requirement will be in effect for licensee renewal for calendar year 2022.

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  • Tennessee extends authorization of remote notarization through August 29

    State Issues

    On June 29, the governor of Tennessee issued Executive Order No. 52, extending authorization for remote notarization and witnessing of documents through August 29. The order extended the terms initially authorized in Executive Order No. 26 and previously extended by Executive Order No. 37.

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  • Tennessee governor extends authorization of remote notarization

    State Issues

    On May 12, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 37 allowing for remote notarizations and witnessing of documents until June 30, thereby extending the relief previously granted in Executive Order No. 26, which was set to expire on May 18. 

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  • Tennessee extends timeline for bank examinations and authorizes virtual shareholder meetings during pandemic

    State Issues

    On May 12, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 36 suspending or amending a variety of statutory and regulatory requirements to facilitate the treatment and containment of Covid-19.  These include, among other things, extending examination cycles for financial institutions, extending timing requirements for securities registrations, and allowing for virtual shareholder meetings. The order will be in effect until June 30, unless amended or revised.

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  • Tennessee authorizes remote shareholder meetings

    State Issues

    On May 1, the governor of Tennessee issued Executive Order No. 32, which authorizes certain corporations to utilize remote communications for shareholder meetings.  For corporations holding remote shareholder meetings, the order suspends requirements that corporations make a list of shareholders entitled to receive notice of the meeting available at the meeting, provided the list is made available on an electronic network to which shareholders are granted access.

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