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Consumer protection group proposes rule to prevent foreclosures until 2022


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a rule Monday to prevent a wave of foreclosures this fall, when certain Covid-era protections for homeowners are set to expire.

The proposal, which would need final approval, generally prohibits mortgage servicers from initiating foreclosure proceedings against delinquent borrowers until after Dec. 31, 2021.

The rule would apply to all mortgages, both federal and private, on a principal residence, CFPB officials said Monday.

The Covid pandemic has led to a stark rise in housing insecurity amid mass unemployment and income loss, stressing homeowners’ ability to pay monthly mortgages.

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