By Andrew Khouri, LA Times
A bill that would give California widows and widowers greater protections against foreclosure passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
The proposal is geared at giving surviving spouses who own their home but are not on its mortgage note a better shot at obtaining a loan modification.
Servicers will generally accept a surviving spouse’s loan payments, but red tape involved in proving ownership can stall a modification while foreclosures proceed, according to advocates.
The bill would afford survivors many of the rights borrowers gained in 2013 under the California Homeowner Bill of Rights. Among those is a ban on dual tracking – the practice of negotiating with clients to modify a mortgage while simultaneously pursuing foreclosure.
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