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HSBC mortgage and home equity relief programs

If you’ve been impacted by the coronavirus and are worried about making payments on your HSBC mortgage or home equity, we can help.

 

For mortgage and home equity accounts, we’re offering assistance with your payments – we can defer your payments during the COVID-19 related financial hardship and waive late fees. Our payment deferral program is a forbearance, which provides temporary relief by suspending your regular monthly payment. The length of the forbearance depends on your situation. For a financial hardship due to COVID-19, the forbearance period is typically 90 or 180 days, but we may extend up to 360 days at your request.

Who can request enrollment? 

You can submit a request if:

  • You have an HSBC mortgage or home equity;
  • You’ve been directly or indirectly impacted by the coronavirus; and
  • Your ability to make your monthly payment has been temporarily affected, or you’re expecting it to be – for example, you’ve lost your job or you’re having to work less hours. 

How will this work? 

Once you’re enrolled, there'll be no monthly payment due during the forbearance period. We will not assess any late fees during this time either. Please keep in mind that a forbearance does not mean your monthly payments are forgiven – after the forbearance period ends, all missed payments during your forbearance will need to be paid. If you aren’t able to make a lump sum payment at the end of the forbearance, we will work with you on a repayment plan, loan modification or other payment assistance. Before the end of the forbearance term, we will contact you to evaluate your current situation and determine next steps. We encourage customers on forbearance to keep us apprised of any changes to their financial situation and to let us know if they can resume monthly payments. We also encourage our customers with escrow accounts to make their monthly escrow payment where possible to avoid escrow shortages.

If you make your payments by automatic draft, it will be cancelled to ensure payments are not drawn during the relief period. If you pay by recurring transfer set up through online banking or a third party, you’ll need to cancel this on your own. At the end of the forbearance period, we will work with you to re-establish the automatic payment draft. 

What loss mitigation options will be available after the forbearance? 

This is a general list of loss mitigation home retention programs that may be available to you. The actual options available to you depends on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the owner of your loan (HSBC, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, for example) and loan type (conventional, FHA or home equity, for example). The terms of each option will also vary by program.
 
Reinstatement - A reinstatement is the payment of past due payments in one lump sum at the end of the forbearance period.
 
Because most customers cannot afford an immediate repayment, we also have options for making up the missed payments over time.
 
Repayment Plans - A repayment plan is an agreement to repay the past due amounts over time. A portion of the past due amount is added to the regular monthly mortgage payment. At the end of the repayment period, the account will be current and normal payments will resume.
 
Modification - A loan modification is a permanent restructuring of the loan where one or more of the terms are changed to provide a more affordable payment. If you're currently unable to afford your mortgage payment due to a change in circumstances, but you could make a modified payment going forward, this option might help you.
 
With a modification, we may agree to do one or more of the following to help you bring your loan current: 
  • Add delinquent payments to the end of the term.
  • Reduce the interest rate.
  • Convert an adjustable interest rate to a fixed interest rate.
  • Extend of the length of the term of the loan. 
  • Forbear some of the principal balance. This means setting aside a portion of the total debt before calculating your monthly payment. The customer typically has to pay the set-aside portion in a balloon payment when refinancing or selling the home, or when the loan matures.

What if you have an introductory or promotional rate on a Home Equity account? 

An introductory or promotional rate will continue to apply for the remainder of the introductory or promotional period. 

Can you still use your Home Equity line of Credit? 

If you are able to keep making your regular payment during forbearance, you’ll still be able to use your line of credit as normal during the relief program period. 

If you do not make your regular payment during forbearance, your credit limit may be reduced or suspended. 

How do you request enrollment into the relief program? 

We have established a team of Mortgage Servicing Specialists (SPOC TEAM) to provide information and assistance to customers related to mortgage loan accounts and our loss mitigation process. If you would like to contact the SPOC TEAM, we can be reached Monday through Friday from 8am – 8pm or Saturday from 8am – 5pm ET at:

Will this affect your credit report? 

During the forbearance period, we will report your loan to the credit bureaus as participating in a forbearance plan resulting from a declared disaster with no payment due. If your account is current at the time of enrollment, we will report your Account Status (as that term is defined by the credit bureaus) as current throughout the relief period. If your account is delinquent at the time of enrollment, we will not report any increase to your delinquency during the relief period. After the forbearance period is over, we may report your account as delinquent to the extent permitted under federal and state law until it is brought current.

What if you’ve already missed a payment? 

You can still request participation in the forbearance program by calling us at 855.806.4657 Monday through Friday 8am – 8pm or Saturday 8am – 5pm ET.

English:

This is an important notice on the loan account, and gives information on assistance available to our customers experiencing COVID-19 financial hardships.  It should be translated at once.  We are available to discuss the account at 855.806.4657, and if translation assistance is needed, please let us know so a translator can be provided.

Spanish:

Esta es una notificación importante sobre la cuenta de préstamo, y provee información respecto a la ayuda disponible para nuestros clientes que están sufriendo debido a las dificultades financieras producidas por el COVID-19. Debe ser traducida de inmediato. Estamos disponibles para hablar sobre la cuenta llamando al 855.806.4657, y si necesita asistencia lingüística, por favor háganoslo saber de modo que podamos apoyarle con un traductor.

French:

Il s'agit d'un avis important sur le compte de prêt, qui donne des informations sur l'aide disponible pour nos clients qui connaissent des difficultés financières liées à COVID-19.  Il doit être traduit immédiatement.  Nous sommes à votre service pour discuter du compte au 855.806.4657, et si une aide à la traduction est nécessaire, veuillez nous le faire savoir afin qu'un traducteur puisse être mis à votre disposition. 

Haitian Creole:

Sa a se yon avi enpòtan li ye konsènan kont prè a, epi li bay enfòmasyon konsènan asistans ki disponib pou kliyan nou yo ki gen difikilte finansyè COVID-19 lakòz.  Yo ta dwe tradui li touswit.  Rele nou nan 855.806.4657 pou diskite kont la, epi si w bezwen èd pou tradui, tanpri di nou sa pou nou ka jwenn yon tradiktè pou w.  

Russian:

Это важное извещение о ссудном счете, и в нем содержится информация о поддержке, которая доступна для наших клиентов, испытывающих финансовые трудности в связи с COVID-19.  Его незамедлительно следует перевести.  Мы готовы обсудить Ваш счет по номеру телефона 855.806.4657, а если Вам потребуется помощь с переводом, просим Вас сообщить нам об этом, чтобы мы могли предоставить услуги переводчика.  

Simplified Chinese:

这是关于贷款账户的重要通知,以及客户因新冠病毒而遭遇财务困难时可资利用的帮助信息。此通知应当立即翻译出来。请致电855.806.4657讨论有关贷款账户问题。如需要翻译,请告知,我们将会为您提供翻译服务。

Traditional Chinese:

這是關於貸款帳戶的重要通知,以及客戶因新冠病毒而遭遇財務困難時可資利用的幫助資訊。此通知應當立即翻譯出來。請致電855.806.4657討論有關貸款帳戶問題。如需要翻譯,請告知,我們將會為您提供翻譯服務。

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