Bureau Broadens QM Coverage in Rural, Underserved Areas

The CFPB issued an interim final rule  on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, which broadened the availability of certain special provisions for small creditors operating in rural or underserved areas.  The new rule, which takes effect March 31, 2016, implements the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities (HELP) Act, which allows more small creditors operating in rural or underserved areas to take advantage of these provisions.


“The Consumer Bureau today has acted to implement the recent law that extends to more small creditors the specific provisions for operating in rural or underserved areas,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “This rule provides broader eligibility for lenders serving those areas to originate balloon-payment qualified and high-cost mortgages.”


The CFPB will accept comments on the interim final rule for 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register.