- May 2017 the City of Philadelphia sued Wells Fargo for predatory lending violations..
- Cause of action: Violated the Federal Fair Housing Act.
- The City alleged that, since 2004, Wells Fargo steered minority borrowers into higher cost, riskier loans than white borrowers even if they qualified for loans with better terms.
- The City alleged Wells Fargo refused to let minority borrowers refinance.
- Black and Hispanic borrowers were much more likely to go into foreclosure on the loans that Wells Fargo gave them.
- Philadelphia’s higher default rates for minority borrowers hurt the City financially: lower property tax revenues and higher costs to combat crime and blight.
- December 2017 Wells Fargo agreed to pay the City of Philadelphia $10 million to settle the predatory lending lawsuit Wells fargo predatory lending.
- However, Wells Fargo denied the allegations in Philadelphia’s claim.
- $8.5 million will be used to provide down payments and closing costs for low and moderate-income families.
- The remainder of the money will go to preventing foreclosures and revitalizing vacant lots.
- Predatory lending practices are not right and must be eliminated.
A real win for Philadelphia since their practices hurt so many.
If you feel you have been a victim of predatory mortgage lending, call me for a free bankruptcy consult. Maybe you just borrowed more than you can afford. You may still want to keep your home. I will help you to determine if filing bankruptcy is right for you.
Contact me today: Ralph A. Ferro, Jr., Esq. (201) 446-5904 – You may be able to stay in your home. With a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you can spread out your mortgage arrearages over a 5-year period.