March 30, 2020
Relief for Loan Modifications Due to COVID-19
Published on March 30, 2020
Recognizing that COVID-19 could cause temporary business disruptions for borrowers, Federal and state banking regulators issued a joint statement on March 22, 2020, providing guidance to financial institutions on loan modifications. The joint statement encourages financial institutions to work hand-in-hand with borrowers who may not be able to meet contractual payment obligations in the near term due to COVID-19. The guidance was developed in coordination with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
A key provision of the statement is that short-term (less than six months) loan modifications, including payment deferral, fee waivers, extensions of repayment terms or other insignificant payment delays are not automatically considered troubled debt restructurings. If a borrower is current on payments (payment is less than thirty days past due) prior to restructuring due to COVID-19, and the loan is insignificantly modified on a good-faith basis, the modification is not deemed a troubled debt restructuring. Furthermore, financial institutions granting payment deferrals due to COVID-19 are not to consider those deferred payments as “past due” during the deferral period.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) exposed Interpretation 20-03T on March 26, 2020, to consider the above guidance as it relates to short-term mortgage loan modifications due to COVID-19. The NAIC concurs with the guidance and the interpretation is expected to be adopted after a brief exposure period.
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