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Nevada Supreme Court Rules HOA Super-Priority Liens Can Be Revived after Release

Homeowners’ associations have a more robust tool for forcing mortgage lenders to pay delinquent assessments following a September 14 decision by the Nevada Supreme Court. Nevada HOAs have enjoyed a super-priority lien under NRS 116.3116 for nine months of unpaid assessments preceding institution of foreclosure proceedings, in addition to certain charges for maintenance and nuisance … Continue Reading

Big Win for Servicers and Lenders of Fannie and Freddie Owned Loans against Nevada HOA Foreclosures

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant decision in favor of lenders and mortgage servicers fighting off claims that their mortgage liens were extinguished by Nevada homeowners associations’ foreclosures from 2010 to 2014. In Berezovsky v. Moniz, the court held that the Federal Foreclosure Bar found in the Housing … Continue Reading

Nevada HOA Super-Priority Litigation Update: Nevada Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lenders on Standing Issue

The Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and their servicers scored a significant victory last week in the Nevada Supreme Court. In Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC (Case No. 69400), the court held that mortgage servicers have standing to assert, on behalf of the GSE investor, that the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) … Continue Reading

The Super-Priority Saga Continues – Nevada Supreme Court Holds That NRS 116’s Notice Provisions Are Constitutional

The Ninth Circuit sent shockwaves through the mortgage industry when it held that NRS 116—the statute allowing an HOA to impose a nominal super-priority lien that can extinguish a senior deed of trust when foreclosed—was facially unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause in Bourne Valley  Court Trust v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. In Bourne Valley … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing of Bourne Valley Decision Holding Nevada HOA Super-Priority Lien Statute Unconstitutional

The Ninth Circuit denied the plaintiff’s request to rehear Bourne Valley Court Trust v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., in which the Ninth Circuit found NRS 116 to be unconstitutional on its face because the statute violates a first lien holder’s due process rights by impermissibly shifting the burden to mortgage lenders to affirmatively request notice … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Denies Motion to Dismiss and Motion to Stay Publication of Decision Holding Nevada HOA Super-Priority Lien Statute Facially Unconstitutional

As we have previously covered in a series of blog posts, the Nevada Supreme Court held in September 2014 that Nevada Revised Statute chapter 116 allows homeowners’ associations (HOAs) to non-judicially foreclose on homeowners who have overdue assessments, which may extinguish a first lien holder’s deed of trust. That holding, as well as the confusion … Continue Reading

The Ninth Circuit Weighs In: Nevada HOA Super-Priority Lien Statute is Facially Unconstitutional

The tide may finally be turning in Nevada.  Since the Nevada Supreme Court dealt a devastating blow to the whole of the financial services industry in September 2014 by holding that an HOA could foreclose on its super-priority lien and thereby extinguish a first deed of trust, first lien holders have been battling to protect … Continue Reading

Nevada Supreme Court Strikes Significant Blow Against HOA Super-Priority Foreclosure-Sale Purchasers

In September 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court held that an HOA could foreclose on its nominal super-priority lien and extinguish a senior mortgage in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., a ruling that initially seemed cataclysmic to the mortgage industry. SFR Investments spawned thousands of contentious quiet-title actions, each pitting the senior … Continue Reading

Rhode Island Joins Lists of True Super-Priority Lien States for Condo Associations

In December 2015, the Rhode Island Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that Rhode Island’s Uniform Condominium Act provides a true “super-priority” lien to condominium owner associations (COAs) when a condominium owner is delinquent in paying the COA assessments. This super-priority lien—applicable to condo association liens only—takes priority over a lender’s first security interest in … Continue Reading

Be Prepared: How to Avoid the Super-Priority Trap

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Servicers can face significant obstacles in preservation of their rights vis a vis assessments by homeowners’ associations and condo associations (a “property association”). The most important action servicers can take in addressing this issue, not surprisingly, is foresight and preparation by putting procedures … Continue Reading

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Limits to its SFR Investments Decision

In September 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court, in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., held that a portion of a homeowners’ association (HOA) lien for delinquent assessments has true super-priority status over a first deed of trust, meaning that the foreclosure of that lien could extinguish the first deed of trust. Since … Continue Reading

Nevada District Judge Voids HOA Foreclosure Following Evidence that HOA Hindered Bank’s Efforts to Preserve its Mortgage

Nevada Eighth Judicial District Judge Elizabeth Gonzales has voided a 2014 homeowners association (HOA) foreclosure sale and ruled that a first mortgage held by Bank of America, N.A. was unaffected by the sale. The April 20, 2016 ruling in Nevada New Builds, LLC v. Bank of America, followed a trial in which Bank of America … Continue Reading

Mortgage Industry Scores Big Nevada Supreme Court Win in Continued Battle over HOA Super-Priority Liens

The mortgage lending community was dealt a serious blow in September 2014, when the Nevada Supreme Court held that an HOA’s foreclosure of its nominal super-priority lien could extinguish a first lien interest in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A. This decision potentially rendered hundreds of millions of dollars in secured loans … Continue Reading

Florida Appellate Court Bolsters Statutory HOA Safe Harbor

A significant opinion from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal further clarifies the extent of the Florida statutory homeowners association (HOA) “safe harbor.” In the end, entities that obtain title through judicial foreclosures are left satisfied while homeowners associations are left reeling from another nail in the safe harbor coffin. The Florida safe harbor … Continue Reading

Tennessee Amends Condominium Lien Law to Clarify Lack of Superpriority Right

On Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 2401, amending Tennessee’s condominium statue to make it clear that condominium associations cannot acquire a “superpriority” lien that trumps a first security interest on the same property. As a result of the amendment, it is now clear that under Tennessee law a condominium only has a “payment … Continue Reading

New HOA Decision by Nevada Supreme Court Indicates Continued Litigation to Save First Liens

As the lending community is well aware, the mortgage industry in the state of Nevada remains in flux. Nevada continues to deal with the aftermath of the Nevada Supreme Court’s September 2014 decision in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., where the Court held that under Nevada law, a properly noticed Home … Continue Reading

Nevada State Court Ruling on Application of HERA to HOA Foreclosure Sales Holds Promise for Lenders and GSEs

The first Nevada state court ruling on the federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) holds that a deed of trust owned by a GSE cannot be extinguished by a homeowners’ association’s (HOA) foreclosure sale, a promising development for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and lenders embroiled in quiet title cases with purchasers from HOA foreclosure … Continue Reading

FHFA, Fannie and Freddie File Defensive Class Action in Nevada

In an effort to “avoid the cost and burden of piecemeal litigation” of hundreds of cases in the Nevada HOA foreclosure crisis, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) recently filed a putative class action and motion to certify a defensive class, pursuant to Rule 28 (b)(2) and (b)(1)(B), … Continue Reading

Constitutional Clarification for Nevada HOA Super-Priority Foreclosures

Since the Nevada Supreme Court’s infamous decision in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A. in September 2014, the mortgage community has continued to fight to save senior deeds of trust from extinguishment due to an HOA’s foreclosure of its super-priority lien. Numerous arguments are currently being raised by the mortgage community, such … Continue Reading

Lenders’ New Right to Redeem after Nevada HOA Foreclosure Sales

Beginning October 1, 2015, lenders in Nevada will have a much-needed right to redeem properties sold at homeowners association (HOA) foreclosure sales for pennies on the dollar. Specifically, lenders and homeowners will have 60 days to redeem properties sold at HOA foreclosure sales—enabling lenders to recoup properties securing hefty deeds-of-trust. Nevada Senate Bill 306, signed … Continue Reading

Nevada HOA Super-Priority Lien Statute Preempted by Federal Law, Holds U.S. District Court

On Monday, the U.S. District Court for Nevada issued significant decisions in three cases, holding that a foreclosure on a Nevada HOA’s super-priority lien could not extinguish a deed of trust securing a debt owned by a Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE). As previously noted on this blog, Chief Judge Navarro ruled a few weeks ago that … Continue Reading

Nevada HOA Foreclosures Cannot Extinguish Deeds of Trust Held by Fannie Mae, Holds U.S. District Court

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada issued an important ruling concerning the litigation over whether homeowners’ association foreclosures under Nevada’s super-priority lien statute (NRS 116.3116) can extinguish first deeds of trust when the underlying indebtedness is owned by a Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) like Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) or Federal … Continue Reading
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