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Forgiveness – Your Loan Obligation Remains Payment Deferral is not payment amnesty. You are still required to pay your mortgage in full. During the Deferral process you will gain assistance from your lender to manage payments. This can include holding a payment and reduced payments during hardship. The payments you miss or alter will be rolled back into your mortgage and will be subject to interest.
Each lender has their own policy surrounding Mortgage DeferralPayment options. Not all lenders offer mortgage payment relief. If you are unsure of what your original mortgage commitment outlines please contact your mortgage broker to discuss. We can offer assistance and explore options with you.
These programs are not debt-forgiveness as noted (see 1). They are solutions to defer (put off) payments for a time. For many lenders this is a month-to-month process with a cap at six months. Borrowers are still responsible for meeting their obligations when they can.
These programs are provided on a case by case basis; they are for borrowers in crisis mode (ie when the possibility of a missed mortgage payment(s) is/are imminent). Be prepared to submit a detailed breakdown of your personal assets, current income, and expenses at the time of application.
Lender phone lines are being flooded with inquires. Lenders are asking that only those in immediate need contact them at this time. Your mortgage professional that originally worked with you in obtaining your mortgage is a great place to start. If you don’t have one, we are here to help.
A lender approved deferment is not a missed payment and should not appear on your credit bureau/report as such. Watch your credit to ensure accurate reporting. Many lenders are offering to waive any fees associated with these types of programs during the COVID-19 crisis.
If you are going to miss your mortgage payment, contact your broker or lender before the missed payment.
Property tax instalments, utilities and insurance premiums are separate from these programs. Payments must continue. Municipalities/insurance companies should be contacted independently; many are currently implementing relief options as well.
Property investors (landlords) with tenants who have stopped making their rent payments will also be considered for deferral programs. The same rigorous assessment standards (see 4) will apply.
Note: some provincial governments have introduced tenant relief programs. Rental property owners can encourage their tenants who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 to apply for these programs where available.
We recommend you contact your mortgage professional to review all your options. Need a connection? We are happy to introduce you to one of our experienced brokers.
So you are married or living together and one of you owns a property, and you are thinking about putting it in joint names. Tread carefully, this can be a minefield.
In my meetings with divorce and common law separation clients I observe that there are typically many divorces occurring at the same time for any one family experiencing separation.
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