Extension of Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium Due to COVID-19

The Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) announced another extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020 for homeowners with an FHA-insured single-family mortgage covered under the CARES Act.

This extension means the FHA has now provided more than nine months of foreclosure and eviction relief to FHA-insured homeowners. As this is a continuation of the moratorium put in place in March of this year, the protections continue to apply to homeowners with FHA-insured Title II Single Family forward and Home Equity Conversion (“reverse”) mortgages.

On August 27 FHFA announced that Fannie and Freddie are extending their foreclosure and eviction moratorium to December 31, 2020. FHA made a similar announcement. (See Mortgagee Letter 2020-27.) The purpose of the Mortgagee Letter is to inform mortgagees of an extension to the foreclosure and eviction moratorium originally issued in ML 2020-4, extended in ML 2020-13, and further extended in ML 2020-19 for borrowers with FHA-insured Single Family mortgages covered under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for an additional period through December 31, 2020. The extension of the moratorium announced in the ML is effective immediately upon the expiration of the moratorium announced in ML 2020-19 for all FHA-insured mortgages except for FHA-insured mortgages secured by vacant or abandoned properties.

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