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HF 2819

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/14/2012 11:35am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to real estate; requiring transparency in mortgage loan modification
criteria; amending Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 580.041,
subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 47.


Section 1.

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new text begin A state-chartered bank shall provide to all of its residential mortgage loan customers
in writing, the criteria the bank uses in determining eligibility for a loan modification. The
bank shall provide the criteria at least once per year, within 30 days after each change in
the criteria, and upon request. If the bank denies an application for a loan modification,
the bank shall notify the customer in writing within five days of the decision and provide
an explanation of how the customer failed to meet the criteria. The bank must provide
the customer with accurate information about the lender.
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Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 580.041, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Content of foreclosure advice notice.

The foreclosure advice notice
required by this section must appear substantially as follows:

"Help For Homeowners in Foreclosure

The attorney preparing this foreclosure is:
(Attorney name, address, phone)
It is being prepared for:
(Lender name, loss mitigation phone number)

AS OF [insert date], this lender says that you owe $[insert dollar amount] to bring
your mortgage up to date (or "reinstate" your mortgage). You must pay this amount,
plus interest and other costs, to keep your house from going through a sheriff's sale.
The sheriff's sale is scheduled for [insert date] at [insert time] at [insert place].

Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. People may contact you with advice and
offers to help "save" your home.

Remember: It is important that you learn as much as you can about foreclosure and
your situation. Find out about all your options before you make any agreements with
anyone about the foreclosure of your home.

Getting Help

As soon as possible, you should contact your lender at the above number to talk
about things you might be able to do to prevent foreclosure. new text beginYou may be eligible for
a loan modification from your lender. You have the right to ask your lender for a
statement in writing describing how the lender decides whether to agree to modify a
new text endYou should also consider contacting the foreclosure prevention counselor in
your area. A foreclosure prevention counselor can answer your questions, offer free
advice, and help you create a plan which makes sense for your situation.

Contact the Minnesota Home Ownership Center at 651-659-9336 or 866-462-6466
or or contact the United States Department of Housing and Urban
Development at 1-800-569-4287 or to get the phone number and
location of the nearest certified counseling organization. Call today. The longer you
wait, the fewer options you may have for a desirable result."