Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Announcement from DFI

Washington’s Foreclosure Fairness Act Becomes Effective July 22, 2011

If you conduct 250 or more foreclosures annually as part of your loan servicing activities, the new law may apply to you.

The Foreclosure Mediation Program was created during the 2011 legislative session to provide homeowner foreclosure assistance. State law now requires lenders to notify borrowers prior to foreclosure of the availability of foreclosure prevention counseling and the potential for mediation.

All lenders or beneficiaries are covered by the mediation requirement, except financial institutions that have conducted less than 250 foreclosure sales annually.

Homeowners are eligible if they:

The law requires specific notices and disclosures. The Department of Commerce implements the law and has the required notices and disclosures available on their website.

DFI will examine licensees for compliance with the new law.

For additional specific program questions, you may contact the Department of Commerce via the following:

E-mail: foreclosuremediation@commerce.wa.gov
Telephone: (360) 725-3026

More information is available from the Washington Department of Commerce at www.commerce.wa.gov/foreclosures.

The law: Foreclosure Fairness Act of 2011 (PDF)*.

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