Policy Issues

More Than 100 Members of Congress Urge Trump Administration to Aid CMBS Borrowers

June 22, 2020

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Commercial mortgage-backed security borrowers could face a historic wave of foreclosures starting this fall, impacting local communities and jobs across the country, without a long-term federal relief plan to combat liquidity deficiencies facing commercial real estate borrowers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   That is the bipartisan message sent on June 22 to the Federal Reserve and Trump Administration by more than 100 members of Congress, who are seeking support for real estate borrowers unable to keep up with payments on debt tied to CMBS.

The bipartisan letter notes, the Fed’s lending facilities, yet warns the policymakers about “the looming crisis in commercial real estate adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the $540 billion Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security (CMBS) market that, if left unchecked, may lead to a wave of foreclosures, exacerbating the current downturn in the U.S. economy and ultimately result in permanent job loss in multiple industries and communities across the country.”  

The congressional letter also requests the Fed to “devise a relief plan for these borrowers, who through no fault of their own, have experienced a significant drop in revenue on account of the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental orders.”