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H.R. 152 (117th): Ensuring HOMES Act

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Feb 5, 2021.

Ensuring Homeowner and Occupant Monetary Encouragement and Stability Act or the Ensuring HOMES Act

This bill sets forth additional housing protections during the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) emergency period.

Mortgage holders and lenders are prohibited from requiring payment on a mortgage deferred during the COVID-19 emergency period until the later of (1) the last day of the loan term, or (2) the end of the deferral period.

The bill establishes the Tenant Protection Program that provides loans to landlords who waive rent during the COVID-19 emergency period. The bill also provides for forgiveness of these loans if the landlord provides lease extensions and agrees not to evict tenants.

This bill applies retroactively to the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency period and applies to any future declared COVID-19 emergency period.