The Department of Housing and Urban Development has updated the timelines and methods servicers must follow for communicating with borrowers in default. Mortgagee Letter 2013-39 also addresses policies for engaging borrowers early in their delinquencies, specialized collection techniques for early-payment defaults or re-default, and FHAs expectation for servicers to have written processes and procedures to follow for every stage of delinquency up to collection. Communicating early with borrowers who are late in their mortgage payments is essential in ensuring that delinquency is properly addressed, the agency said. HUDs latest guidance provides a collection-communication timeline, which is a series of sequential steps a servicer can follow in dealing with a delinquent borrower. These steps would help the servicer assess a borrowers circumstances, intentions and financial condition as well as determine an appropriate response.