Financial institution of America (BoA) says it is going to extend its ban on sales of repossessed houses from 23 US states to all 50 because it appears for possible legal flaws.
BoA, the biggest US bank, is checking for omissions in foreclosures documents.
It is the newest move inside a developing scandal which has also seen JPMorgan Chase and Ally GMAC Home loan suspend home foreclosures in 23 states.
At the center of the story lie allegations that foreclosures documents were signed off without proper checks.
BoA is searching into regardless of whether houses were being taken again from householders by so-called "robo-signers" along with other automated processes, whereby home loan business workers or their legal professionals don't totally confirm the data in them.
With banks anticipated to take over a record one.2 million houses this yr, up from about one million final yr, according for the actual estate data business RealtyTrac, the foreclosures concern is a sizzling political potato.
"American families should not need to worry about losing their houses to sloppy bureaucratic mismanagement or fraud," mentioned Senate Banking Committee chairman Christopher Dodd.
He also announced that the committee will hold a listening to next month to appear into home loan servicing and foreclosures processing.
On Thursday, the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, urged all 5 large home loan lenders to suspend home foreclosures in Nevada till they have create methods to make positive home owners are not "improperly directed into foreclosures proceedings".
Nevada, where residence repossessions are among the highest, is not among those 23 states where home foreclosures must be approved by a judge, that means that the method is fairly swift.
BoA business spokesman Dan Frahm mentioned inside a statement: "We will cease foreclosures sales till our evaluation has been satisfactorily completed."
But he added: "The foundation for our past foreclosures choices is correct."
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