WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Friday it will delay the effective date of a grab bag of disclosure requirements from the Dodd-Frank Act to coordinate compliance with a broader overhaul of the mortgage disclosure regime.
The CFPB is currently attempting an ambitious project required under Dodd-Frank to consolidate the overlapping disclosures now required by the Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act into a simpler, combined form. But under the reform law, banks have faced a separate list of required changes to mortgage forms — including the addition of new escrow-related disclosures — set to take effect Jan. 21.
Responding to industry concerns about having to incorporate changes twice — once in January and then again with the TILA-Respa consolidation — the bureau canceled the January deadline for several of the required changes and said they will all take effect when the entire consolidated regime is finalized.
"Considering these disclosures on the same timeline will ensure that consumers receive clear, concise and consistent information," CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a press release.
In the bureau's July proposal for the new overall TILA-Respa form, the CFPB identified about a dozen of the one-off disclosure changes that it was considering implementing as part of the consolidation instead of in advance of the January deadline. Dodd-Frank gave the bureau authority to adjust the effective date. They include required warnings about a loan's negative-amortization features, lender policies on partial loan payments and disclosures about the cancellation of escrow accounts, among others.
In its move Friday, the CFPB confirmed the timeline for those narrower disclosure requirements would be halted and implemented when the overall integration of the TILA and Respa forms — which does not have mandated deadline — is completed. The CFPB has said it expects a final rule on the consolidation next year.
To be sure, a slew of mortgage rules under Dodd-Frank are still slated for a January 2013 deadline. Those include new servicing guidelines and compensation rules for loan originators, among others. January is also the deadline for a much-anticipated underwriting rule outlining how lenders verify borrowers' "ability to repay" their loans.