Loan modification agreements unenforceable unless in writing

An appellate court in California has held that the state's statute of frauds require loan modification agreements to be in writing to be enforceable. Reeder v. Specialized Loan Serv., LLC, 2020 WL 4345001 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020). This is an expected application of the statute of frauds but it does not mean that some courts, in other factual settings, might make exceptions if the lender engaged in fraud (made a false statement that induces reliance on the part of the borrower), or estoppel (a lender statement that the borrower reasonably relies on in changing their behavior), or that there might be a consumer protection claim for deceptive business practices if something short of fraud but nonetheless deceptive communications wind up hurting the borrower.