Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Final rule; staff commentary.
The Board is publishing a final rule amending the staff commentary that interprets the requirements of Regulation Z (Truth in Lending). The Board is required to adjust annually the dollar amount that triggers requirements for certain home mortgage loans bearing fees above a certain amount. The Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act of 1994 (HOEPA) sets forth rules for home-secured loans in which the total points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan consummation exceed the greater of $400 or 8 percent of the total loan amount. In keeping with the statute, the Board has annually adjusted the $400 amount based on the annual percentage change reflected in the Consumer Price Index that is in effect on June 1. The adjusted dollar amount for 2009 is $583. This adjustment does not affect the new rules for “higher-priced mortgage loans” adopted by the Board in July 2008.
January 1, 2009.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dana Miller, Attorney, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, at (202) 452-3667. For the users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (“TDD”) only, contact (202) 263-4869.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Truth in Lending Act (TILA; 15 U.S.C. 1601-1666j) requires creditors to disclose credit terms and the cost of consumer credit as an annual percentage rate. The act requires additional disclosures for loans secured by a consumer's home, and permits consumers to cancel certain transactions that involve their principal dwelling. TILA is implemented by the Board's Regulation Z (12 CFR part 226). The Board's official staff commentary (12 CFR part 226 (Supp. I)) interprets the regulation, and provides guidance to creditors in applying the regulation to specific transactions.
HOEPA was contained in the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 and was enacted as an amendment to TILA. Public Law 103-325, 108 Stat. 2160 (60 FR 15463). In 1995, the Board amended Regulation Z to implement HOEPA. These amendments, contained in §§ 226.32 and 226.34 of the regulation, impose substantive limitations and additional disclosure requirements on certain closed-end home mortgage loans bearing rates or fees above a certain percentage or amount. As enacted, the statute requires creditors to comply with HOEPA's requirements if the total points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan consummation exceed the greater of $400 or 8 percent of the total loan amount. The statute requires the Board to adjust the $400 figure annually on January 1 based on the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that was reported on the preceding June 1. 15 U.S.C. Start Printed Page 461911602(aa)(3) and 12 CFR 226.32(a)(1)(ii). The Board adjusted the $400 amount to $561 for the year 2008.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes consumer-based indices monthly, but does not report a CPI change on June 1; adjustments are reported in the middle of each month. The Board uses the CPI-U index, which is based on all urban consumers and represents approximately 87 percent of the U.S. population, as the index for adjusting the $400 dollar figure. The adjustment to the CPI-U index reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 14, 2008, was the CPI-U index in effect on June 1, and reflects the percentage increase from April 2007 to April 2008. The adjustment to the $400 figure below reflects a 3.94 percent increase in the CPI-U index for this period and is rounded to whole dollars for ease of compliance.
II. Adjustment and Commentary Revision
Effective January 1, 2009, for purposes of determining whether a home mortgage transaction is covered by 12 CFR 226.32 (based on the total points and fees payable by the consumer at or before loan consummation), a loan is covered if the points and fees exceed the greater of $583 or 8 percent of the total loan amount. Comment 32(a)(1)(ii)-2, which lists the adjustments for each year, is amended to reflect the dollar adjustment for 2009. Because the timing and method of the adjustment is set by statute, the Board finds that notice and public comment on the change are unnecessary.
This adjustment is being made pursuant to TILA section 103(aa)(3). In July 2008, the Board used its authority in TILA section 129(l)(2) to amend Regulation Z to prohibit certain acts and practices in connection with “higher-priced mortgage loans.” These additional protections and the definition of “higher-priced mortgage loans” are contained in section 226.35 of Regulation Z. The adjustment being published today pursuant to section 103(aa) does not affect the new rules for “higher-priced mortgage loans” adopted by the Board in section 226.35.
III. Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
The Board certifies that this amendment will not have a substantial effect on regulated entities because the only change is to raise the threshold for transactions requiring HOEPA disclosures.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 226
- Federal Reserve System
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
- Truth in lending
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board amends Regulation Z,End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 226—TRUTH IN LENDING (REGULATION Z)End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 226 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. In Supplement I to part 226, underEnd Amendment Part
Supplement I to Part 226—Official Staff Interpretations
Subpart E—Special Rules for Certain Home Mortgage Transactions
Section 226.32—Requirements for Certain Closed-End Home Mortgages
2. Annual adjustment of $400 amount.
xiv. For 2009, $583, reflecting a 3.94 percent increase in the CPI-U from June 2007 to June 2008, rounded to the nearest whole dollar.
By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, acting through the Director of the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs under delegated authority.
Dated: August 5, 2008.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. E8-18275 Filed 8-7-08; 8:45 am]
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