If you have a problem with your bank, financial institution, lender, broker, or any other financial service provider, you should report it. To guide you through the process of filing these types of complaints, the Federal Reserve offers consumer help and the following tips:
First, try to resolve it with the manager at the branch location, the customer service hotline, or the institution's website.
When filing your complaint, clearly explain your problem and how you would like it to be resolved. Use this sample complaint letter for tips on what information to include in your complaint.
Be sure to have copies of receipts, checks, or other proof of the transaction.
If you don't get your problem resolved using these steps, you have the right to get help from the correct regulatory agency.
Complaints About Deposit Accounts
Financial institutions are regulated by different government agencies, depending on how the institution was chartered.
For a problem with a state-chartered bank that is a member of the Federal Reserve System, contact the Federal Reserve System.
Complaints About Other Financial Services
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accepts complaints involving loan products, such as mortgage companies, car loans and leases, student loans, payday loans, and any other consumer loans. This agency also accepts complaints about other financial services, such as credit cards, prepaid cards, money transfers, and debt collection.
If you have a complaint against a mortgage company, try to resolve it with the company first. Several government agencies accept complaints about mortgage lenders. In some cases, you should file your complaint with more than one agency, especially at the federal and state level.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the Fair Housing Act. This law prohibits discrimination when you rent, buy, or secure financing for a home. Your state may also have a similar law. File a complaint with (HUD) and the fair housing office in your state if a mortgage company discriminated against you because of your:
Presence of children
Mortgage Origination and Servicing
The CFPB enforces several laws, such as the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. These laws require lenders to disclose information to homebuyers before buying and over the life of the mortgage. File a complaint with the CFPB if you have a problem with a new or existing mortgage. Examples of common mortgage complaints include:
Applying for a mortgage
Receiving loan estimates and closing documents
Transferring a mortgage to another servicer
Applying your payments correctly
Refinancing or modifying a mortgage loan
Misreporting mortgage account status to you or to credit reporting agencies
Mandatory arbitration clauses are phrases written into contracts that state that if you have a dispute with a company, you must resolve it through arbitration. These clauses can prevent you from filing a lawsuit against a company. Arbitration clauses are fairly common in automotive, credit card, and cell phone contracts. But now, they are appearing in website terms and conditions statements, coupons, or corporate social media profiles. While arbitration can be less expensive, it is sometimes seen as unfair to make arbitration a requirement before a negative incident has happened or knowing how serious the problem is. Also, the decisions are binding, so you can’t appeal the decision, even if the company was severely negligent.
Before you sign a contract or even use a website, read the contract or terms of service for mentions of “arbitration”, “binding arbitration” or “resolution programs”; this language is often in the fine print of the contract and can be easily missed. Also, note that some companies may let you opt-out of these clauses, if you do so within 30 days.
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