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Perhaps remarkably, among the most aggravating advancements in our ongoing foreclosure crisis has to do with home loan lenders' obstinate resistance to execute with a foreclosure in a prompt way. Most commonly, this situation occurs in a Chapter 7 Insolvency in which the debtor has actually figured out that it remains in his/her best interest to surrender a house. As all of us understand, state anti-deficiency laws determine whether a home mortgage lending institution may seek a shortage judgment after a foreclosure. We also understand that an Insolvency Discharge will safeguard that house owner from such liability despite what the debtor's state statutes have to state worrying whether a home mortgage loan provider might look for a shortage judgment. While protection from post-foreclosure liability to the mortgage lender remains an effective advantage provided by the Personal bankruptcy Discharge, a reasonably new source of post-bankruptcy petition liability has actually developed in the last number of years. One that our clients are all too regularly shocked by if we neglect to provide progressively thorough recommendations prior to, throughout, and after the filing of a personal bankruptcy petition. What I am speaking about, obviously, are Homeowners Association fees, and to a lesser extent, local water and garbage costs. As we all should know well, such repeating costs build up post-petition, and exactly due to the fact that they recur post-petition, they make up brand-new debt-- and as brand-new debt, the Insolvency Discharge has no effect whatsoever upon them. The typical case includes a Chapter 7 bankruptcy debtor who chooses that she or he can not potentially pay for to keep a house. Possibly this debtor is a year or more in arrears on the first mortgage. Maybe the debtor is today (as is common here in California) $100,000 or more underwater on the property, and the lending institution has actually refused to offer a loan modification regardless of months of effort by the homeowner. The home in all likelihood won't deserve the protected quantities owed on it for years to come. The monthly payment has actually adapted to an installment that is now sixty or seventy percent of the debtor's home earnings. This house needs to be given up.

The problem, of course, is that surrender in insolvency does not relate to a prompt foreclosure by the loan provider. In days past, say 3 or perhaps just 2 years ago, it would. However today, home mortgage lenders just do not desire the property on their books. I frequently imagine an expert deep within the bowels of the home mortgage lending institution's foreclosure Century Law Inc yelp department looking at a screen revealing all the bank-owned properties in a given postal code. This would be another one, and the bank does not want another bank-owned residential or commercial property that it can not cost half the amount it lent simply four years earlier. We might go on and on about the recklessness of the bank's choice in having actually made that initial loan, however that is another post. Today the home is a hot potato, and there is nothing the debtor or the debtor's insolvency lawyer can do to compel the home mortgage loan provider to take title to the home. Hence the dilemma. There are other celebrations involved here-- most notably, house owners associations. HOAs


have in lots of locations seen their monthly dues drop as increasingly more of their members have actually defaulted. Their capability to gather on overdue association dues was long thought to be protected by their ability to lien the residential or commercial property and foreclose. Even if their lien was subordinate to a first, and even a second mortgage lien, in the days of house gratitude there was nearly constantly sufficient equity in real estate to make the HOA whole. However no more. Today HOAs typically have no hope of recuperating overdue from the equity in a foreclosed residential or commercial property. So, where does this all leave the personal bankruptcy debtor who must surrender his/her property? In between the proverbial rock and a tough location. The lending institution may not foreclose and take the title for months, if not a year after the insolvency is submitted. The HOAs charges-- along with water, trash, and other municipal services- continue to accumulate on a month-to-month basis. The debtor has often moved along and can not rent the property. But be ensured, the owner's liability for these repeating fees are not discharged by the personal bankruptcy as they arise post-petition. And he or she will stay on the hook for brand-new, recurring costs until the bank finally takes over the title to the home. HOAs will typically take legal action against the homeowner postdischarge, and they'll strongly seek attorneys' fees, interest, costs, and whatever else they can consider to recover their losses. This can sometimes result in tens of thousands of dollars of new financial obligation that the just recently bankrupt debtor will have no hope of discharging for another eight years, should he or she file bankruptcy once again. This issue would not develop if home loan lenders would foreclose promptly in the context of a bankruptcy debtor who gives up a home. We as insolvency attorneys can actually ask that lender to foreclose currently-- or, better yet, accept a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, however to no avail. They merely don't desire the residential or commercial property. What guidance, then, should we provide to debtors in this circumstance? The choices are few. If the debtor can hold on till the property in fact forecloses prior to submitting insolvency, this would get rid of the problem. However such a hold-up is not a luxury most debtors can pay for. If this alternative is not offered, the debtor ought to either reside in the residential or commercial property and continue to pay his or her HOA charges and community services or if the home is a 2nd home, for instance, an attempt to rent the residential or commercial property to cover these ongoing expenses. In the last analysis, the Personal bankruptcy Code never pondered this scenario. Nor did most states' statutes governing homeowners' associations. A treatment under the Personal bankruptcy Code to compel home mortgage lenders to take title to surrendered real estate would be ideal, but offered the issues facing this Congress and its political orientation, we can comfortably state that the possibility of such a legislative option is beyond remote.

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