OCC BULLETIN 2015-25
Subject: Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
Date: April 14, 2015
To: Chief Executive Officers and Compliance Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations, Federal Branches and Agencies, Department and Division Heads, All Examining Personnel, and Other Interested Parties
Description: Revised Comptroller's Handbook Booklet and Rescissions
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued today the “Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act” booklet of the Comptroller's Handbook. This revised booklet replaces a similarly titled booklet issued in October 2011 and provides updated information resulting from recent changes made to Regulation X (12 CFR 1024) regarding mortgage servicing and loss mitigation.
The “Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act” booklet reflects the
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act granted rulemaking authority under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) to the CFPB. In December 2011, the CFPB restated HUD’s implementing regulation at 12 CFR 1024.
On January 17, 2013, the CFPB issued a final rule to amend Regulation X. The final rule includes substantive and technical changes to the servicing transfer notice requirements and implements new procedures and notice requirements related to borrower’s error resolution and information requests. The final rule also includes new provisions related to escrow payments, force-placed insurance, and general servicing policies, procedures, and requirements.
On July 10, 2013, and September 13, 2013, the CFPB issued final rules to further amend Regulation X. The new language includes changes to the provisions on the relation to state law for Regulation X’s servicing provisions, to the procedure requirements for loss mitigation, and to the requirements relating to notices of error and information requests. On October 15, 2013, the CFPB issued an interim final rule to further amend Regulation X to exempt servicers from the early-intervention requirements in certain circumstances. The Regulation X amendments became effective on January 10, 2014.
In November 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Consumer Compliance Task Force approved the updated interagency examination procedures, which are contained in the revised “Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act” booklet.
The issuance of this booklet rescinds the following documents:
The issuance of this booklet makes applicable to federal savings associations the following OCC document:
For further information, contact your supervisory office or the OCC’s Compliance Policy Division at (202) 649 5470.
Grovetta N. Gardineer