CFPB Proposes to Stop Foreclosures Through the End of 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing a rule that would stop mortgage servicers from foreclosing on most home loans before December 31, 2021. This follows the agency’s withdrawal of its earlier position that financial services companies would have flexibility in following agency rules during the pandemic. The comment period on the proposed mortgage rule will be open until May 10.

IG Says Reorganization, Staff Cuts Could Hamper CFPB’s Ability to Handle Complaints

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Response staff has been reorganized and cut during the past three years—moves that could affect the agency’s handling of consumer complaints that have skyrocketed during the pandemic, the CFPB’s Inspector General said in a report issued last week. The Consumer Response office was moved structurally twice and ended up in the newly created Division of Consumer Education and External Affairs, the IG said, in a report on the management challenges the CFPB faces. “These moves may affect the management of consumer complaints, particularly as the Bureau has redistributed some of Consumer Response’s resources to

CFPB Rescinds Kraninger’s Policy on ‘Abusive Acts or Practices’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it plans to change a Trump Administration policy and that it will now take enforcement and supervisory actions as a result of abusive acts or practices. It will no longer follow the policy instituted by former Director Kathy Kraninger that significantly narrowed the definition of “abusive acts or practices” and thus avoided enforcement actions under those terms. The new policy will take effect the day it is published in the Federal Register.

CFPB: Equal Credit Opportunity Act Prohibits Lenders From Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Discrimination

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is issuing an “interpretative rule” that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. As an “interpretative rule” it will not be open for public comment and will become effective when published in the Federal Register. The CFPB then intends to take enforcement actions if the rule is violated.