California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed three new laws that are part of the Homeowner Bill of Rights aimed at increasing prosecutions for mortgage-related crimes.

The laws give California's Attorney General Kamala D. Harris the authority to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate financial crimes, including mortgage fraud; extend from one year to three years the statute of limitations for prosecuting mortgage-related crimes; and give renters a guarantee to stay in a foreclosed property bought by new owners.

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