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New Laws Protects Some Homeowners From Foreclosure

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Attorney General Kamala Harris says the laws stop a series of inherently unfair bank practices that have forced thousands of Californian homeowners into foreclosure.
The "Homeowner Bill of Rights" prevents foreclosures while loan modifications are in progress and it provides a single point of contact when homeowners are dealing with lenders.
Harris says it also allows her office to investigate and prosecute complex mortgage fraud schemes by extending the statute of limitations from one year to three.

HARRIS: "It was designed to make the system more straightforward and more transparent, and it has teeth meaning if there is failure to comply then there will be the opportunity and the recourse which is to take folks into court and force compliance."

The new laws can also compel owners of foreclosed properties to pay for upkeep of vacant homes as a way to fight neighborhood blight.

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