Written by attorney Michael Louis Spicer

North Carolina Mortgage Servicers & the Duty to Disclose Fees

Mortgage loan servicers’ failure to assess fees and notify borrowers in North Carolina is a problem area that I have encountered a significant number of times. North Carolina General Statute § 45-91 helps borrowers understand fees that are assessed to their loans to get timely notice of them.

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Key Excerpts from the statute are below. N.C.G.S. § 45-91. Assessment of fees; processing of payments; publication of statements. A servicer must comply as to every home loan, regardless of whether the loan is considered in default or the borrower is in bankruptcy or the borrower has been in bankruptcy, with the following requirements: (1) Any fee that is incurred by a servicer shall be both: a. Assessed within 45 days of the date on which the fee was incurred. Provided, however, that attorney or trustee fees and costs incurred as a result of a foreclosure action shall be assessed within 45 days of the date they are charged by either the attorney or trustee to the servicer. b. Explained clearly and conspicuously in a statement mailed to the borrower at the borrower's last known address within 30 days after assessing the fee, provided the servicer shall not be required to take any action in violation of the provisions of the federal bankruptcy code. The servicer shall not be required to send such a statement for a fee that either: 1. Is otherwise included in a periodic statement sent to the borrower that meets the requirements of paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) of 12 C.F.R. § 1026.41. 2. Results from a service that is affirmatively requested by the borrower, is paid for by the borrower at the time the service is provided, and is not charged to the borrower's loan account. (3) Failure to charge the fee or provide the information within the allowable time and in the manner required under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section constitutes a waiver of such fee.

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