Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NY Courts Enforce Fed Modification Program

In one of the most important decisions of the year, the Appellate Division recognized the Making Home Affordable Handbook as binding on lenders (servicers) and precluded a foreclosure until its rules were followed.

The newest version of the Handbook can be found by clicking here.

To review the decision, click here.

While the decision was very narrow in that it only discussed how the lender participates in the program and must evaluate the borrower under the program prior to selling the house at foreclosure, the decision should be interpreted as a sounding horn to all foreclosure defense attorneys to study every word in the Handbook. Now, if a lender (servicer) makes a crazy decision, outside of the rules prescribed by the Federal Government, a borrower's attorney should attack that decision in the NY Courts.