A bill to speed up the Florida foreclosure process is headed to the House floor this legislative season. However, consumer advocate groups believe HB 87 will favor banks rather than homeowners. According to Rep. Cynthia Safford, ‘the bill diminishes the rights of homeowners and consumers.’ This bill is the Legislature’s third attempt in three years to address the backlog of foreclosures in Florida. A Senate companion bill is also moving through the committee process. This bill forces banks to disclose the correct documents and also shortens the statute of limitations for post-foreclosure lawsuits against homeowners.
Consumer advocates are pointing out some of the other provisions that are a bit more controversial. The bill states that homeowners cannot get their home back after a fraudulent foreclosure if it has been sold to another person. Another controversial point in the bill is that it would allow condominium associations to speed up the foreclosure process on homeowners who have not paid their dues. Florida has the largest foreclosure inventory than any other state in the nation. Currently there are more than 300,000 homes in the process of foreclosure. Additionally there are hundreds of thousands that are at risk of foreclosure.
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 website, Kingcade & Garcia, P.A.