On January 18, 2013 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a124-page final rule to amend Regulation B, which implements the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. The final rule revises rules for appraisals and other valuations that was enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule is effective on January 18, 2014.
For applications for credit secured by a first lien on a dwelling the new rule:

  • Requires creditors to notify applicants within three business days of receiving an application of their right to receive a copy of any appraisal developed in connection with the loan.
  • Requires creditors to provide applicants a copy of each appraisal and other written valuation promptly upon its completion or three business days before consummation (for closed-end credit) or account opening (for open-end credit), whichever is earlier.
  • Permits applicants to waive the timing requirement for providing these copies. However, applicants who waive the timing requirement must be given a copy of all appraisals and other written valuations at or prior to consummation or account opening, or, if the transaction is not consummated or the account is not opened, no later than 30 days after the creditor determines the transaction will not be consummated or the account will not be opened.
  • Prohibits creditors from charging for the copy of appraisals and other written valuations, but permit creditors to charge applicants reasonable fees for the cost of the appraisals or other written valuations unless applicable law provides otherwise.

A copy of the final rule is available here.