According to the class action lawsuit, CitiMortgage told homeowners that it could help them reduce loan payments by putting them in a trial mortgage modification program, based on the company’s participation in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), that would become permanent if the homeowner made reduced payments during the three-month trial period. However, even though homeowners made the monthly reduced payments that CitiMortgage asked them to make, and complied with the company’s requests for various documents in a timely manner, CitiMortgage allegedly denied homeowners permanent modification plans. This put some homeowners in even bigger financial hardship than when they entered the trial modification, despite doing everything CitiMortgage requested of them.
“Consumers that were rejected from permanent modification plans through no fault of their own should find themselves in no worse position than they entered it. Instead, [CitiMortgage’s] failure to honor its agreements and its misrepresentations and omissions about a program enacted to help homeowners reduce their payments and keep their homes have left Plaintiffs and Class Members financially devastated,” the lawsuit says.
The CitiMortgage class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all persons in the United States whose loans have been serviced by CitiMortgage and who, since April 13, 2009 through the resolution of litigation, have complied with their obligation under a trial loan modification program and have not received a permanent modification pursuant to the loan modification agreement and have been harmed because of it.
The lawsuit is seeking, among other things, class certification, restitution and actual damages for injuries suffered by class members. A copy of the CitiMortgage Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.
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