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AG Harris Announces Homeowner Protection Bills That Pass Out of Committees

In a tentative positive step, seven bills proposed by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to protect homeowners from unscrupulous business practices by lenders have advanced out of their legislative committees.

In summary, the bills seek to protect tenants during the foreclosure process, address the blight caused by vacant, lender-owned properties (REOs) and give the California Office of the Attorney General extended power to investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud and related real estate fraud crimes.

AB 2314 and SB 1472 would provide local jurisdictions with additional tools to fight blight from abandoned homes, including increasing penalties against the owners of blighted properties and, if necessary, taking control of the properties.

AB 2610 and SB 1473 would extend federal law protections of tenants to California. Existing leases must now be honored and tenants must be given 90 days notice by the  new owners before bring eviction actions.

AB 1950 would extend the statute of limitations on mortgage-related crimes, including loan modification scams and the unlicensed sale of real estate and pay for enforcement by charging servicers $25 when they record a Notice of Default (NOD) against a borrower.

AB 1763 and SB 1474 would give the Attorney General’s Office the power to convene a special grand jury to investigate and indict the perpetrators of financial crimes involving victims across (multiple) jurisdictions.

Read the Attorney General’s full press release.


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