Fed Approves Interim Rule Amending Reg Z

The Federal Reserve Board has approved an interim rule amending Regulation Z – which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The new interim rule clarifies certain aspects of an interim rule issued Sept. 24 in response to public comments.

The September interim rule implements provisions of the Mortgage Disclosure Improvement Act (MDIA), which amended TILA to require mortgage lenders to disclose examples of how a loan's interest rate or monthly payments can change. Those statutory amendments will become effective Jan. 30, 2011.

The MDIA seeks to alert borrowers of the risks of payment increases before they take out mortgage loans with variable rates or payments. Under the board's September interim rule, lenders' cost disclosures must include a payment summary in the form of a table stating the initial rate and corresponding periodic payment and, for adjustable-rate loans, the maximum rate and payment that can occur during the first five years, as well as a ‘worst case’ example showing the maximum rate and payment possible over the life of the loan.

The interim rule clarifies that creditors' disclosure should reflect the first rate adjustment for a 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage loan because the new rate typically becomes effective within five years after the first regular payment due date.

The new interim rule also corrects the requirements for interest-only loans to clarify that creditors' disclosures should show the earliest date the consumer's interest rate can change, rather than the due date for making the first payment under the new rate, and clarifies which mortgage transactions are covered by the special disclosure requirements for loans that allow minimum payments that cause the loan balance to increase.

Creditors have the option of complying with either the board's September 2010 interim rule as originally published or as revised by this interim rule until Oct. 1, 2011, at which time compliance with this interim rule will become mandatory. The board is soliciting comment on the interim rule for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly.

SOURCE: Federal Reserve Board


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