Summary: S.117 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.117. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (01/06/2009)

Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Act of 2009 - Prohibits a foreclosure consultant from: (1) receiving compensation from a homeowner for services performed regarding residential real property until such consultant has fully performed each service contracted for; (2) holding power of attorney from any homeowner, except to inspect documents; (3) receiving consideration from a third party in connection with services rendered to a homeowner regarding the foreclosure, unless such consideration is fully, clearly, and conspicuously disclosed before such services are rendered; (4) accepting any security to secure compensation for services rendered regarding foreclosure of the residential real property; or (5) acquiring any interest in the residence of a homeowner with whom the consultant has contracted.

Sets forth contract requirements. Permits a homeowner to cancel such contract without penalty or obligation.

Declares void and unenforceable: (1) any waiver by a homeowner of the protections provided in this Act; and (2) any contract that does not comply with this Act.

Requires a loan servicer to notify a homeowner of the dangers of fraudulent activities associated with foreclosure if the servicer finds that the homeowner has failed to make two consecutive payments on a residential mortgage loan at risk of foreclosure.

Subjects a foreclosure consultant who fails to comply with this Act to liability for actual and punitive damages and for attorneys' fees.

Empowers the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the states to enforce this Act.