OCC Issues Bulletin Regarding Extended SCRA Protections

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On November 19, the OCC issued Bulletin 2012-37, which advises all national banks and federal savings associations of the extension of certain servicemember protections afforded by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Currently, SCRA grants an individual protection from foreclosure during the period of active duty and for nine months thereafter, a benefit that was due to expire at the end of 2012. The Bulletin notes that the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, which was enacted in August 2012, provides that (i) SCRA will continue to provide servicemembers with foreclosure protection during the period of active duty and for nine months thereafter past the end of the current calendar year into 2013, (ii) beginning February 2, 2013, the mortgage foreclosure protection will extend to one full year after the period of active duty, and (iii) on January 1, 2015, SCRA’s expanded foreclosure protection will sunset, and the protection period will revert to the period of active duty service plus 90 days.