TALLAHASSEE, Fla.”“Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office, working with Rust Consulting, Inc., has begun outbound calls to reach Florida borrowers who may be eligible for cash payments under the national mortgage settlement. Live operators will call those who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011 and had their mortgages serviced by Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.
” We want every borrower who may be eligible for a cash payment under the national settlement to submit a claim. Currently, approximately forty-four percent of the people to whom claim forms have been mailed have submitted their claims,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Forms must be completed and returned by Jan. 18, 2013, in the envelope provided, or they can be filed online at NationalMortgageSettlement.com. Claims received after January 18th may be considered, but payment to those claimants is not guaranteed.
Payment checks are expected to be mailed in mid-2013. The amount of the payment will be the same for all claimants and depends on the number of eligible claims received. Payments will be a minimum of $840, but higher payments to each eligible consumer are expected.
This $25 billion settlement between the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers and the federal government and 49 states and the District of Columbia, earmarked approximately $1.5 billion in payments for 2 million borrowers nationwide. In Florida, approximately $170 million is available for cash payments to Florida borrowers. All available funds will be distributed to those who file claims; none of this money will be returned to the banks or used by the states for any other purpose.
For more information about eligibility and filing a claim:
Call toll-free: 1-866-430-8358 (hearing impaired: 1-866-494-8281). The line is staffed Monday through Friday from (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central).