According to the L.A. Times, California legislators have passed new laws that now await Governor Brown’s signature. These laws would provide the toughest protections for consumers facing problems with the mortgage.
“The legislation would make California the first state to prohibit lenders from “dual tracking,” the practice of negotiating with clients to modify a mortgage so that payments become more affordable while simultaneously pursuing foreclosure. In such cases, homeowners can wind up being evicted even though they had been working with the bank to modify their loans.
The measures would outlaw so-called robo-signing — the improper or faulty processing of foreclosure documents— and would allow state agencies and private citizens to sue financial institutions, under limited conditions, for economic compensation and for additional civil damages of up to $50,000 if lenders willfully, intentionally or recklessly violate the law. No lawsuit could go forward if the bank or servicer first fixes the problem with documentation or procedures, according to the bills.”
Nice to have some good news to help protect homeowners. Way to go California.California Passes Protections for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure by Steve Rhode