HUD Rule Provides Temporary Relief To Tornado-Related Foreclosures, Legal Aid Advises

Authored By: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. LSC Funded


HUD Rule Provides Temporary Relief To Tornado-Related Foreclosures, Legal Aid Advises
Legal Aid is advising homeowners in six central Oklahoma counties hit by tornadoes, flooding and severe storms in May and June that the foreclosure process on FHA-insured homes is in a 90-day grace period, whereby no new foreclosures can be started and actions in progress must be held in abeyance. The hold, issued in HUD Mortgagee Letter 2013-11, applies to foreclosures in Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties, all designated disaster areas by the federal government.

"The 90-day hold on foreclosures provides disaster victims the needed time to regroup and recover,”   said Michael G. Figgins, executive director of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO).  LASO is working hard to help disaster victims sort out legal details and ensure protection of their legal rights,” Legal Aid is part of the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), established to provide emergency and long-term assistance to tornado victims in Moore, Shawnee, Little Axe and other affected areas, said Figgins.  Legal Aid is providing tornado and storm victims and families legal assistance concerning housing-related problems as well as other legal issues they are facing.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is a not-for-profit law firm providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income individuals and their families and to elderly persons in the areas of family, consumer, housing, health and employment.  Legal Aid attorneys and staff work through a network of fully-staffed law offices and satellite offices, serving eligible clients in all 77 counties of Oklahoma.  The statewide toll-free number to call for legal assistance is 1-888-534-5243.
Funding for Legal Aid is from the Legal Services Corporation, State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Bar Foundation, 16 United Way or United Fund organizations and aging agencies across the state, as well as generous attorneys, law firms, foundations, businesses and individuals.   

For more information on Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and the services it provides, contact Executive Director Michael Figgins at michael.figgins@laok.org. More information on LASO is available online at www.legalaidok.org

For more detailed information about the 90-day hold on foreclosures in the disaster affected county, please see our website at this link:  http://bit.ly/18ede2X.

Last Review and Update: Jul 12, 2013

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