DEFINITION of 'Homeowners Protection Act'
A law designed to reduce the unnecessary payment of private mortgage insurance (PMI) by homeowners who are no longer required to pay it. The Homeowners Protection Act mandates that lenders disclose certain information about PMI. The law also stipulates that PMI must be automatically terminated for homeowners who accumulate the required amount of equity in their homes.
BREAKING DOWN 'Homeowners Protection Act'
The Homeowners Protection Act covers private residential mortgages purchased after July 29, 1999. It does not apply to Veterans Affairs (VA) or Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans and posts a new set of requirements for "high risk" mortgages. This law also institutes new requirements for loans obtained before July 29, 1999.