California Democratic lawmakers are looking to combat the rise in mortgage delinquencies with a series of proposals that seek to protect homeowners during the COVID-19 pandemic. A proposed bill from Assemblywoman Monique Limon, (D-Santa Barbara), would give homeowners the ability to request mortgage forbearance for up to one year, with mortgage servicers expected to add missed payments to the end of the loan.
“During emergencies and financial crises we need to beef up consumer protections, not dilute them,” said Limon, who chairs the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee, according to The Sacremento Observer
However, these measures are causing a concern among banks and mortgage servicers as extended forbearance could damage their bottom line, as servicers would be responsible for making the missed payments in advance. "Limon’s bill would extend the ban on foreclosures to private mortgages, and allow borrowers up to nearly a year in temporarily waived mortgage payments with the forbearance extending beyond California’s declared state of emergency," according to the report.