In a recent decision made by the Florida Supreme Court, servicers may now file new foreclosure actions against borrowers who won foreclosure cases more than five years ago if the borrowers default again within five years of the first case’s dismissal. That means the lender can make another attempt to collect, as long as it is within the next five-year period and the borrower had started paying again and then stopped.
The case, Lewis Brooke Bartram v. U.S Bank National Association was decided in favor of the mortgage servicers as borrowers argued a five-year statute of limitations should apply.
The court’s ruling, authored by Justice Barbra Pariente, determined that when foreclosure actions are dismissed, servicers and borrowers return to their ‘pre-foreclosure’ complaint status. This allows homeowners to continue to pay back their loans in installments, rather than all at once. But it also revives the lender’s right to seek acceleration and foreclosure based on any subsequent defaults, saying:
Accordingly, the statute of limitations does not continue to run on the amount due under the note and mortgage.
This decision is expected to cause a new wave of foreclosure cases within the next year or so, basically giving the banks a ‘do-over.’ The ruling applies to tens of thousands of foreclosures in South Florida alone, those hardest hit by the Great Recession.
Florida was ranked No. 1 in the country for completed foreclosures in 2015-16, with 55,000 actions, according to real estate data tracking firm CoreLogic.
Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.