Develop a control to detect loans that did not maintain the required flood insurance to put $1.5 billion to better use by avoiding potential future costs to the FHA insurance fund from inadequately insured properties.
Corrective Action Taken
In November 2022, FHA published the Acceptance of Private Flood Insurance for FHA-Insured Mortgages final rule (Docket No. FR-6084-F-02) in the Federal Register and issued Mortgagee Letter 2022-18, Acceptance of Private Flood Insurance for FHA-Insured Mortgages (ML 2022-18). These policy changes not only strengthened Single Family’s Mortgagee requirements regarding flood insurance, but they also introduced the ability for borrowers and Mortgagees to purchase private flood insurance.
In January 2023, the sections in ML 2022-18 that pertain to HUD’s forward mortgage programs were superseded by the FHA Single Family Housing Policy Handbook (Handbook 4000.1), adding a requirement that the Mortgagee review all FHA-insured properties annually to determine if the property is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). For properties located within a SFHA, the Mortgagee must ensure flood insurance is in force for the life of the mortgage and that the property has sufficient flood insurance coverage. To ensure compliance with the policy requirements, the Mortgagee must include updated flood insurance information for properties where flood insurance is required in the Servicing and Claims File. In addition, Handbook 4000.1 includes flood insurance servicing policy updates. HUD submitted a revised management decision reflecting this action on June 22, 2023.