Friday, June 22, 2012

Fifth District Explains (Again) What Is Needed To Obtain Foreclosure Judgment

In Richards v. HSBC Bank USA as Trustee for PHH 2007 (5D10-3895), the Fifth District reversed a foreclosure judgment and succinctly stated what is needed to prevail in a mortgage foreclosure action. The court stated:

The proper party with standing to foreclose a note and mortgage is the holder of the note and mortgage or the holder’s representative. See Gee v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n, 72 So. 3d 211, 213 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011). Thus, the party seeking foreclosure must present evidence that it holds the note and mortgage in question in order to proceed with its foreclosure action. Id. A plaintiff must tender the original promissory note to the trial court or seek to reestablish the note under section 673.3091, Florida Statutes (2010). Id. If the note does not name the plaintiff as the payee, the note must bear an endorsement in favor of the plaintiff or a blank endorsement. Id. Alternatively, the plaintiff may submit evidence of an assignment from the payee to the plaintiff or an affidavit of ownership to prove its status as a holder of the note. Id.

In this case, the note was specifically indorsed to an entity other than HSBC and the relationship between that entity and HSBC was not explained. Therefore, summary judgment was not proper.


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