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New RESPA Rule FAQs – General Information

1) Q: When does the new RESPA Rule take effect?

A: The November 2008 RESPA Rule was effective January 16, 2009. Implementation of the provisions are as follows:


2) Q: When does the revised required use definition take effect?

A: The revised required use definition was withdrawn by a separate final rule published May 15, 2009.

3) Q: Can a loan originator e-mail a GFE to a borrower?

A: Yes; as long as the borrower consents and the other specific requirements for consumer disclosures under the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) are met, a loan originator may e-mail, fax, or send by other electronic means the GFE (and other RESPA disclosures, such as the HUD-1/1A). See section 101(c) of ESIGN, 15 U.S.C. 7001(c); also see 24 CFR 3500.23. The loan originator may also continue to deliver the GFE to the borrower by hand delivery or by placing it in the mail, as provided by RESPA.

4) Q: RESPA and HUD‘s RESPA regulations require that certain records be retained for a period of time. Can those records be retained electronically?

A: Yes, if the person responsible for retaining records under RESPA and HUD’s RESPA regulations meets the specific requirements and limitations applicable to the retention of electronic documents set out in the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), that person’s responsibility will be satisfied by the retention of electronic records. See sections 101(d) and (e) of ESIGN, 15 U.S.C. 7001(d) and (e); also see 24 CFR 3500.23.

5) Q: Can we translate the GFE and the HUD-1 into languages other than English?

A: Yes, it is permissible to translate the GFE and the HUD-1 as long as the form has been translated accurately.

*The preceding Q&A was originally published on the HUD website.

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