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File #: Res 0988-2011    Version: Name: Require the foreclosing party in a mortgage foreclosure action to produce the pooling and service agreement at the commencement of a mortgage foreclosure action.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Community Development
On agenda: 8/17/2011
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature and the Governor to enact legislation that would require the foreclosing party in a mortgage foreclosure action to produce the pooling and service agreement at the commencement of a mortgage foreclosure action.
Sponsors: Albert Vann, Gale A. Brewer, Lewis A. Fidler, Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Jumaane D. Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Deborah L. Rose, Ruben Wills, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Stephen T. Levin, Charles Barron, Daniel Dromm , Margaret S. Chin, Annabel Palma, Robert Jackson, Helen D. Foster, Inez E. Dickens, Diana Reyna, Darlene Mealy, Sara M. Gonzalez, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Vincent J. Gentile, James Sanders, Jr., G. Oliver Koppell, Daniel R. Garodnick, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, James F. Gennaro, Daniel J. Halloran III
Council Member Sponsors: 30
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 988 - 8/17/11, 2. Committee Report 1/30/12, 3. Hearing Testimony 1/30/12, 4. Committee Report 1/31/12, 5. Hearing Transcript 1/30/12, 6. Hearing Transcript 1/31/12, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-1-12
Res. No. 988-A
 
 
Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature and the Governor to enact legislation that would require the foreclosing party in a mortgage foreclosure action to produce the pooling and service agreement at the commencement of a mortgage foreclosure action.
 
 
By Council Members Vann, Brewer, Fidler, James, Lander, Mendez, Williams, Mark-Viverito, Rose, Wills, Comrie, Levin, Barron, Dromm, Chin, Palma, Jackson, Foster, Dickens, Reyna, Mealy, Gonzalez, Ferreras, Gentile, Sanders Jr., Koppell, Garodnick, Rodriguez, Gennaro and Halloran
 
Whereas, According to the Center for Responsible Lending, after a dramatic rise in foreclosures from 2008, foreclosure activity is expected to increase again as lenders and servicers gradually process the backlog of thousands of foreclosures that have been delayed due to improperly processed paperwork; and
Whereas, Mortgages are often bundled and sold as mortgage backed securities involving the transfer of the mortgages between several parties, which allow mortgage lenders to disperse exposure to credit risk, and the proliferation of these securities have made it difficult for judges and lawyers to determine who actually owns the underlying properties in a typical securitized mortgage pool; and
Whereas, The Pooling and Servicing Agreement (PSA) is the primary contractual document between all parties involving the transfer of mortgages from the originator to the servicer and ultimately to a trust, which then becomes the legal owner of a pool of mortgages; and
Whereas, The Pooling and Servicing Agreement prescribes how the trust must oversee the disbursement of the cash flows, monitors compliance with appropriate covenants by other parties to the agreement, and details the specific loan documents contained in each loan file that will be delivered to the Trustee or Document Custodian on behalf of the trust, establishing who holds the original note and where it may be found; and
Whereas, In New York State, in order for a homeowner in a mortgage foreclosure action to assert that the party initiating the foreclosure does not have a legal right to do so, he or she must include that claim in a written answer in the foreclosure proceeding and many homeowners do not file a written answer or do not have enough information to make that assertion; and
Whereas, The homeowner's time to serve and file an answer is only approximately 20 to 40 days after they receive the initial foreclosure papers, depending on the method of service; and
Whereas, After the time to answer has expired, a defendant may not later assert the standing defense unless he or she receives permission from the court to allow the filing of a late or amended answer, which generally requires that the defendant show 1) a reasonable excuse for the delay and 2) a meritorious defense to the foreclosure; and
Whereas, These motions are not easily made by pro se defendants, so the absence of legal representation for homeowners means that very few such motions are being made despite the difficulties in determining who owns the underlying property in a securitized mortgage pool; and
Whereas, The process of reversing a wrongful foreclosure is difficult once an auction has taken place and is almost impossible once the property is purchased by a third party; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Legislature and the Governor to enact legislation that would require the foreclosing party in a mortgage foreclosure action to produce the pooling and service agreement at the commencement of a mortgage foreclosure action.
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1-30-12 Res. No. 988