Jun 30, 2011
Active-duty military and mortgage rights
30 Jun 2011
Posted by Andrew Kantor
Military personnel on active duty in wartime (which, let’s face it, is pretty much all the time) have a bunch of protections from foreclosure thanks to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. And HUD has released a new form (click here for the Word doc) explaining servicemembers’ rights under the law.
The Act mandates that military personnel on active duty in wartime are entitled to mortgage relief, including a lower interest rate (not more than six percent) on their mortgages and foreclosure protection. It states that a foreclosure proceeding against certain military personnel, who are recalled to active duty, is not valid unless the creditor has obtained a court order approving it and further states that the courts may stop the proceedings for a time or adjust the debt.
So if you have military clients, you may want to let them know about this. (If nothing else, it’s a good excuse to touch base.)
For more info, visit the government’s official SCRA page.