Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 184 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 17B the following section:-
Section 17C. Any mortgagee doing business in the commonwealth, when processing an application for a loan to be secured by a first mortgage on residential property, shall, upon the issuance to the applicant of a letter of commitment to or denial of such application, include therein notification of the availability to the applicant of a copy of any report, wherever and by whomever prepared, utilized by the mortgagee in connection with any such application and containing an opinion as to the value of said residential property. Upon written request of the said applicant, a copy of any such report shall be provided without additional charge or fee within thirty days from the date of such request; provided, however, that a mortgagee shall not be required to make such copy available if the applicant rescinds the transaction. A mortgagee, appraiser, or employee or other agent of the mortgagee shall not be liable in damages to the applicant, or to the seller or agent of the seller of such property on account of the disclosure or the contents of any such report.