LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bank of America says it has begun contacting some its customers who may qualify to have their home loans reduced as part of a multistate settlement over alleged foreclosure abuses.

The bank said Tuesday that some of those more than 200,000 customers potentially in line for a reduction in the principal balance on their mortgage should receive letters about the program beginning this week.

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Among the criteria to qualify, borrowers must owe more on their home than the property is worth.

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The lender and four other major banks settled the foreclosure abuse allegations in February.

Most of the $25 billion settlement is earmarked for reducing loans for about 1 million U.S. households that owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

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