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  • How automated background checks freeze out renters. Regulators forced credit bureaus to follow standards for matching records to a person, and the kinds of records the bureaus can legally report are limited. Rules for employment screening, which some of the tenant-screening firms
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  • Homeowners are getting mortgage relief they didn't want. Homeowners have swarmed servicers' web sites and phone lines in search of information about mortgage forbearances, which allow them to suspend mortgage payments for up to a year. And now there are more than 4 million
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  • Mortgage relief that comes with a $4,000 bill. Borrowers with privately held mortgages don’t have the same options as those with government-backed loans. Some are being told they can skip payments, if they make them up all at once.
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  • Far-right CFPB task force threatens consumer protection. As unemployment approaches levels last seen during the Great Depression, and requests for mortgage forbearance increase every week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proceeded doggedly ahead in undermining consumer protection. The CFPB has
  • In financial trouble? Track everything companies tell you. One unfortunate lesson from recessions past is that companies and consumers often disagree about what help they settled on and under what terms. Can you really, truly skip mortgage payments without triggering foreclosure proceedings? Which
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