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My house was damaged and I can’t live in it. Do I have to make my mortgage payments? What if I can’t pay my mortgage because of job or salary interruptions following the disaster?

Most home loan documents require the homeowner to make mortgage payments even after a disaster—even if the house is damaged and the owner can’t live in it. However, many lenders will allow the owner to delay mortgage payments for several months after a disaster (although interest may continue to be added). Many lenders will make loan modifications to allow the missed payments to be added to the loan, thereby lengthening the term of the mortgage. The borrower needs to communicate with their lender and tell the lender about the specifics of his or her circumstances. The lenders will nearly always work with their customers. If the FHA guarantees the mortgage, there are special provisions after a disaster, such as those above.



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