Following Swisspinoy’s inspiration from his letter writing to HUD and VA on inability to get a mortgage, I also looked at a number of ways to creatively complain, get the message across, or otherwise be a pain in the neck to those powers that be in Washington. I too face the dreaded mortgage and banking issues in Switzerland. Thus I would like to share the following, with the hope that as many Brockers as possible also find them useful and start flooding their inboxes and filling out complaint forms.
In addition to the HUD antidiscrimination statutes on mortgage lending per Swisspinoy, there is indeed a number of other Washington agencies concerned with discrimination and fair treatment, etc..
- The Consumer Product Protection Bureau, http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/, allows you to file a complaint on numerous banking topics, ie. Credit cards, mortgages, bank account, etc.. I would say it is fair game to use this interface to complain about our issues even though it is cleary geared toward the 50 states (no surprise there). Even if everyone just generically complains about the exterritorial reach of FATCA, someone will start to get the message. Continue reading