Statute of Limitations Defenses in Foreclosure Losses: Six Year Statute of Limitations

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There is a six (6) year statute of limitations with regard to bringing a foreclosure lawsuit on a mortgage by a creditor. When the lender accelerates the mortgage (calls the entire balance due and owing, the statute of limitation period starts to run).

Acceleration of the Mortgage

When the bank accelerates a mortgage they must provide written notice to the homeowners. The bank is required to provide the homeowners with 90 days notice they they are accelerating the mortgage before they can initiate a foreclosure lawsuit. The failure of the bank to provide the homeowner with this 90 days notice gives the homeowner a legal defense to to foreclosure lawsuit. Our law office has had foreclosures dismissed due to the banks failure to provide the homeowner with this 90 day notice.

Restarting the Six Year Statute of Limitations

If the homeowner make a payment on a mortgage loan, enters into a mortgage modification or files a Chapter 13 bankruptcy that acknowledges the mortgage debt and agrees to repay it, each of these actions will restart the statute of limitations running all over again. The statute of limitations is a complete defense to a foreclosure lawsuit. If the 6 year period is approaching from the time the bank accelerated the mortgage the homeowner should be very careful to avoid taking any actions that will restart the statute of limitation period again. It is strongly suggested if you believe you have a statute of limitations defense, that you consult with an experienced foreclosure defense lawyer and get his or her opinion regarding this issue.

Attorney Elliot Schlissel

Elliot S. Schlissel and his associates for more than 3 decades have been representing homeowners throughout the Metropolitan New York area in foreclosure lawsuits. The law firm strives to keep homeowners in their homes and stop foreclosure cases from going forward.

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