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The following resources provide property owners with assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.
American Land Title Association (ALTA) has provided the following resources:
- County Record Office Closures: Real-time database of offices that are closing or reducing operations as a result of the coronavirus. Click on the link under County Office Closures.
- Title, Settlement Companies Develop Safe Closing Protocols
- Visitor Health Screening Questionnaires: The NNA has developed health screening forms for the signing agent and borrower in order to protect all parties during a closing.
- Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan: Having a business continuity plan is essential to keeping an operation going following any type of disaster or crisis.
- Common Issues Your Business May Encounter
- Keep Your Workplace Safe
- Keep Commercial Establishments Safe
Bank Regulators have also instructed banks and servicers to be proactive in extending help to homeowners:
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
- Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
- Board of Governor of the Federal Reserve System (Fed)
Banks have posted their own policies and ways for consumers to contact them for assistance:
Servicers (those who collect the payments for investors/banks and interact with consumers) are providing information for how homebuyers can reach out for assistance:
Mortgage Insurers are also providing information on how servicers can help consumers:
Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a nationwide eviction moratorium:
Effective September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ordered a nationwide eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020. The eviction moratorium was then extended to July 31, 2021. For additional information, please visit the NAR FAQs at nar.realtor/coronavirushousingproviders. Also, check out NAR's Rental Assistance Resources page for a list of information and resources from NAR and federal agencies, including the CFPB Rental Assistance Finder, to help renters and housing providers.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Protect Your Credit: The CFPB is urging consumers to protect their credit during this pandemic.
Protect Yourself Financially: The CFPB has a number of resources focused on financial protection, both short and long term, such as paying bills, income loss, and scam targeting. Resources include contacts for housing and credit counselors, debt collectors, and state unemployment services.
Rental Assistance Finder: The CFPB Rental Assistance Finder connects renters and housing providers with the state and local programs that are distributing billions of dollars in federal assistance nationwide to help renters stay housed during the pandemic.
Department of Labor (DOL)
DOL has provided resources for employers and workers in responding to COVID-19 and including the impact on wages and hours worked and protected leave (these resources are primarily for businesses and employers).
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual. EPA has provided important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
Immediate Foreclosure and Evictions Relief for Homeowners for the Next 60 Days
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has authorized the FHA to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. Read the full press release.
FHA Q&A Form
FHA continues to run single family business operations. FHA has created a Q&A form available on their website to keep interested parties updated on their procedures during the COVID-19 crisis. Please refer to https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh for the most current information.