ABA, Trades Support Bills Targeting PACE Loans

In a joint letter with more than two dozen financial and housing trade associations today, ABA expressed support for legislation to require more consumer disclosures for Property Assessed Clean Energy loans, a controversial financial product that allows homeowners to pay for energy-efficient retrofitting — such as solar panels and high-efficiency air conditioners — through their property tax assessments.

More than 30 states currently allow PACE loans, which may take first-lien position over the primary mortgage on a residence but are not currently subject to federal consumer protection requirements. The bills — S. 838 and H.R. 1958 — would subject PACE loan originators and sales personnel to Truth in Lending Act requirements, enhancing pre-origination disclosures of total loan amounts and loan terms and bringing the loans explicitly under the oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“PACE loans are — in substance — consumer loans secured by real property and should be subject to federal consumer protection requirements, not dependent on a patchwork of limited or non-existent state/municipal laws that do not adequately protect homeowners,” the trades said.


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Monica C. Meinert

Monica C. Meinert is deputy editor of the ABA Banking Journal and editorial director at the American Bankers Association, where she oversees ABA Daily Newsbytes.