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Housing Counseling FAQ

Can a housing counseling agency both provide housing counseling services and hold a lien on a client’s property?

Date Published: July 2008

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Yes. However, while the agency may hold a lien on the client’s property, no individual members of the agency (employees, officers, directors) or their family members may personally hold the lien. In addition, the client must be provided with a conflict of interest form that reveals the existence and nature of the lien. No employee of the agency may be compensated as a result of the agency holding a lien on the property (other than his or her regular salary with the agency).

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