Jimmy Patronis: Financial Institutions and Lenders Must Step Up for Florida Homeowners and Businesses During COVID-19 Crisis

Following a call with the Office of Financial Regulation (OFR), state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis weighed in on Tuesday to encourage financial institutions and mortgage lenders to continue to provide relief for Florida homeowners and businesses dealing with financial impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our state’s economy and left Florida families looking for answers,” Patronis said. “As we’ve seen in California and New York, the nation’s top mortgage lenders have offered relief options to families in need.

“I applaud these institutions for working with their customers, and today I asked OFR to continue to work closely with financial institutions and lenders across our state to ensure they are stepping up for Florida homeowners and businesses and providing needed relief for communities reeling from this public health crisis. We must work together to do whatever it takes to limit the financial burden of COVID-19 on hard-working Floridians,” Patronis added.

OFR Commissioner Russell Weigel also talked about how his office was dealing with the current crisis.

“We thank CFO Patronis for raising awareness of the financial impacts of COVID-19. The ripple effect of this pandemic is being felt at every level of our financial system. It’s my top priority to ensure that Florida families get the help they need from their financial service provider(s). Our dedicated team continues to be in touch with financial institutions and lenders across the state, and we’re here to serve you. If you need help contacting your lender, please don’t hesitate to give us a call (850) 487-9687 or visit us online, www.flofr.com,” Weigel said.

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