Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Borrowers Protection Laws Part V

Here are the last three laws that are designed to protect you:

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974
RESPA requires lenders to disclose the nature and costs of real estate settlements, and was also meant to protect borrowers against abusive practices, such as kickbacks, and limits the use of escrow accounts.

The Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978
This law protects bank customers from the unlawful scrutiny of their financial records by federal agencies and specifies procedures that government authorities must follow when they seek information about a customer’s records from a financial institution.

The Truth in Lending Act
The Truth in Lending Act was originally enacted in 1968 to require uniform methods for computing the cost of credit and for disclosing credit terms. It gives borrowers the right to cancel, within three days, certain loans secured by their residences, prohibits the unsolicited issuance of credit cards, and limits cardholder liability for unauthorized use. It also imposes limitations on home equity loans with rates or fees above a specified threshold.

Truth in Savings Act
This 1991 law requires banks to disclose certain information to depositors about their accounts (including the annual percentage yield, which must be calculated in a uniform manner) and prohibits certain methods of calculating interest. Regulates advertising of savings accounts.

I hope you have found these laws useful. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call.