CFPB Deputy Director Tells Mortgage Servicers He is ‘Deeply Disappointed’ With Their Practices

Steven Antonakes

Steven Antonakes

Speaking as an invited guest to a conference of the Mortgage Bankers Association yesterday in Orlando, Steven Antonakes, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Services Bureau, told the industry group he was “deeply disappointed” by their lack of progress in improving the mortgage servicing industry.

Noting that “too many [mortgage] customers continue to receive erratic and unacceptable treatment,” Antonakes added that “[t]his kind of continued sloppiness is difficult to comprehend and not acceptable.” Pointing to the bureau’s new mortgage rules, which became effective Jan. 10, Antonakes warned the mortgage servicers “it is time for the paper chase to end.”

The CFPB’s new rules require servicers to maintain accurate records, give assistance to troubled borrowers, fix errors brought to their attention and credit payments without delay. Antonakes told the group the CFPB expects mortgage servicers to make a good faith effort to comply with the new regulations and, more specifically, to identify and correct technical issues, conduct outreach to troubled borrowers to give them options and make greater efforts to prevent homes from going into foreclosure.

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Donald Maurice provides counsel to the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in the state and federal courts in individual and class actions. He has successfully argued before the Third, Fourth and Eighth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals, and has represented the financial services industry before several courts including as counsel for amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court. He counsels clients in regulatory actions before the CFPB, and other federal and state regulators and in the development and testing of debt collection compliance systems. Don is peer-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers. In addition to being a frequent speaker and author on consumer financial services law, he serves as legal counsel to DBA International and as chair of the ABA's Bankruptcy and Debt Collection Subcommittee. He serves on the governing Board of Regents of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and on the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law .