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Thursday letter, Rudin told mortgage lenders they should not rely on collateral values as a replacement for income verification, especially in areas of Canada where house prices have been rising rapidly.low interest rates, record levels of household indebtedness, and rapid increases in house prices in certain areas of Canada (such as Greater Vancouver and Toronto) could generate significant loan losses if economic conditions deteriorate, the regulator warned, adding that financial institutions can sustain losses both through the inability of borrowers to meet their debt obligations, and through declining values of the real estate properties pledged as collateral in mortgage loans.OSFI had already moved to increase the amount of capital Canada biggest banks have to hold against certain mortgages to keep up with the rapid rise of house prices and highly leveraged buyers in some markets. The new rules are to come into effect in November.A spokesperson for federal finance minister Bill Morneau said OSFI actions are with the minister own actions to address pockets of risk in Canada housing market. Lauzon, Morneau director of communications, said new measures came into effect this week, including amendments that clarify how government backed insured mortgages can be securitized.Lauzon said a working group of federal, provincial, and municipal officials in Canada hottest housing markets is being convened this summer to review the affordability and stability of the housing market.In the letter sent to financial institutions Thursday, Rudin said banks should not be assessing a borrower ability to service debt based on current low interest rates, and warned them not to become lax in processes such as income verification if a mortgage meets the regulators loan to value caps.65 per cent LTV (loan to value) threshold used in OSFI Guideline B 20 should not be used as a demarcation point below which sound underwriting practices and borrower due diligence do not apply, the regulator warned.OSFI told the banks to assume interest rates could be higher at renewal, and over the full mortgage amortization period.