On October 2, 2015, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sent a letter to mortgage industry trade groups specifying details regarding initial examinations for compliance with the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule (also known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure regulation). The rule, which became effective October 3, 2015, requires institutions supervised by the CFPB to introduce more simplified mortgage disclosure forms. The CFPB intends to conduct initial examinations for compliance with the rule. Although the initial examinations will take into account the scale and scope of modifications necessary for each supervised institution, the CFPB letter re-stated the expectation that supervised institutions should make a good faith effort to comply with the rule. To that end, the letter detailed the various factors that CFPB examiners will take into consideration, which include: (i) the institution’s implementation plan, including actions taken to update policies, procedures and processes; (ii) its training of appropriate staff; and (iii) its handling of early technical problems.

The press release is available at: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-sends-industry-letter-on-knowbefore-you-owe-mortgage-disclosure-rule-compliance/