BILL NO A00997
SAME AS S06339
Add S35, Bank L
Requires the development of a mortgage bill of rights pamphlet on residential
mortgages and provides such pamphlet shall be posted and printed in the 8 most
popularly spoken languages in the state.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A997
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the banking law, in relation to the
mortgage bill of rights pamphlet on residential mortgages
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires information to consumers of
the mortgage bill of rights that are provided by mortgage lenders and
bankers to be published in the eight most spoken languages in New York
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Adding a new section 35 to the banking law. The superinten-
dent of banks shall develop a pamphlet known as "the mortgage appli-
cant's bill of rights" and post such pamphlet on the banking website.
Such pamphlet shall be posted and printed in the eight languages which
are most spoken in New York State.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation ensures the public's awareness of the
"mortgage bill of rights" by making information accessible in their
native tongue The increase of diversity among constituents makes it
vital for information to be translated in multiple languages, Having
this information only in English can only benefit those fluent in the
English language and not the public as a whole.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S. 1699 of 2011 01/11/11 REFERRED TO BANKS
01/04/12 REFERRED TO BANKS
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eight-
ieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that, effective
immediately, any and all actions necessary to implement the provisions
of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be
completed on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 8, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. MILLER -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the banking law, in relation to the mortgage bill of
rights pamphlet on residential mortgages
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The banking law is amended by adding a new section 35 to
2 read as follows:
3 § 35. Information pamphlet for residential mortgage applicants. 1.
4 The superintendent shall develop a pamphlet known as "the mortgage
5 applicant's bill of rights" and post such pamphlet on the department's
6 web site. Such pamphlet shall be posted and printed in the eight
7 languages which are most spoken in this state. Copies of such pamphlet
8 shall be provided to all licensed lenders and banking organizations
9 offering residential mortgage services. A copy of such pamphlet shall be
10 provided by licensed lenders and banking organizations to each person
11 before such person enters into an application for a loan secured by a
12 mortgage upon residential real estate. The pamphlet provided to each
13 such person shall be printed in a language which the person is capable
14 of reading and understanding. Furthermore, such licensed lender and
15 banking organization shall not accept an application for a residential
16 mortgage until the person or persons applying for a mortgage have been
17 provided a copy of the booklet and acknowledged receipt of it in writ-
18 ing. Every licensed lender and banking organization shall maintain such
19 acknowledgement along with the applicant's mortgage loan documents.
20 2. The pamphlet and web site notice developed pursuant to this section
21 shall include the following, along with other information added at the
22 discretion of the superintendent not otherwise inconsistent with the
23 information set forth in the pamphlet:
24 "BILL OF RIGHTS FOR RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE APPLICANTS
25 As an applicant for a residential mortgage you have the right to:
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
A. 997 2
1 1. Compare the charges of different mortgage brokers and lenders to
2 obtain the best loan possible.
3 2. Ask your mortgage broker to explain his or her responsibilities
4 within the mortgage lending process.
5 3. Know how much the mortgage broker is compensated by you and the
6 lender for your loan.
7 4. A clear and truthful explanation of the terms and conditions of the
9 5. Know if the loan being offered is a fixed or adjustable rate mort-
10 gage loan, know the exact amount of your monthly loan payments, includ-
11 ing any projected escrow payments, know the final annual percentage rate
12 (APR) and the amount of regular payments at the loan's closing.
13 6. Ask for a good faith estimate of all loan and settlement charges
14 before you agree to the loan and pay any fees, such as loan application
15 fees, title search and insurance fees, lender's attorney fees, property
16 appraisal charges, inspections, recording fees, transfer taxes, point
17 and origination fees, and escrow account balances.
18 7. Obtain credit counseling before closing a loan.
19 8. Decide whether or not to finance any portion of the points or fees.
20 9. Refuse to purchase credit insurance for any mortgage loan.
21 10. Have your property appraised by an independent licensed profes-
22 sional and to receive a copy of the appraisal.
23 11. Not be subject to deceptive marketing practices.
24 12. Ask for the HUD settlement costs booklet, "buying your home".
25 13. Receive the following documents, and every document otherwise
26 required to be given to you at closing under federal and New York state
28 a. Good faith estimate
29 b. Truth in lending
30 c. HUD-1 statement.
31 14. Know what fees are not refundable if you decide to cancel the loan
33 15. Receive in writing the reason for the denial or conditional
34 approval of your loan application.
35 16. If refinancing, you may cancel a loan within three days of the
36 closing by providing written notification of cancellation to the
37 licensed lender or banking institution.
38 17. Receive the HUD-1 document one day before the closing takes place.
39 18. Have any lending disputes resolved in a fair and equitable manner.
40 19. A credit decision that is not based upon your race, color,
41 national origin, religion, sex, family status, sexual orientation, disa-
42 bility or whether any income is from public assistance.
43 20. File a complaint with the department if you believe that a mort-
44 gage broker or any other entity licensed by the department has violated
45 any rules, regulations or laws which govern his or her conduct in work-
46 ing with you to get or process a mortgage loan.
47 21. File a complaint with the New York state department of state if
48 you believe that a real estate broker has violated any rules, regu-
49 lations or laws which govern his or her conduct in working with you to
50 purchase a home."
51 § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
52 it shall have become a law; provided that, effective immediately, any
53 and all actions necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its
54 effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before
55 such date.