The CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule
From the January 2016 issue of The Review of Banking and Financial Services, with permission.
On October 3, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) final rule integrating certain mortgage disclosures under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) went into effect. While potentially simplifying the mortgage disclosure obligations of creditors by bringing together two separate disclosure regimes, the text of the regulation, along with its Preamble and Official Interpretations (the “Commentary”), impose significant changes on the disclosures required in the residential mortgage loan origination process. Creditors have been grappling with these requirements since the regulations were finalized in November 2013, and have devoted substantial resources to updating technology, working through legal and compliance issues, testing the production of the disclosures, and training employees on the requirements of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (“TRID”). But challenges remain, and many questions are still unanswered about how certain disclosures should be made on the forms in specific loan-level scenarios. Inevitably, themes have emerged as to the issues that continue to cause concern. After providing a brief introduction to TRID, this article highlights several of these “hot” topics that are keeping compliance officers awake at night.