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Oregon Supreme Court Holds HOA Lien Primes First Mortgage or Deed of Trust if No Foreclosure Within 90 Days of Notice

The Oregon Supreme Court recently held that a lien for delinquent condominium assessments has priority over a first mortgage or deed of trust, where the mortgagee fails to initiate a foreclosure action within the 90-day notice period prescribed by ORS § 100.450(7).

9th Cir. Reverses Trial Court Ruling in Favor of Defendant on FDCPA Claim Related to Bankruptcy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed an award of summary judgment in favor of a defendant debt collector against claims that it violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by attempting to collect a debt that was discharged in bankruptcy and no longer owed.

9th Cir. Holds Nevada HOA ‘Superpriority Lien’ Statute Does Not Violate Takings or Due Process Clauses

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the application of Nevada’s “superpriority lien” statute was not an uncompensated taking under the Takings Clause nor did it violate the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

DC App. Court Holds HOA May Not Foreclose Subject to First Deed of Trust

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals recently held that a condominium association acting on its six-month super-priority lien for unpaid condominium assessments pursuant to § 42-1903.13(a)(2) of the District of Columbia Condominium Act (the “D.C. Condo Act”) may not conduct its foreclosure sale subject to a first deed of trust lien, even if the terms of sale stated that the condo unit would be sold subject to first deed of trust. A copy of the opinion in Liu v. US Bank National Association is available at:  Link to Opinion. The borrower obtained a loan to finance his purchase of a condominium…

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Rules HOA Lien Extinguished by Payment 1 Year After Foreclosure Sale

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District recently held that a foreclosing mortgagee’s payment of post-foreclosure sale assessments nearly a year after the sale date confirmed the extinguishment of a condominium association’s lien for pre-sale assessments created under the Illinois Condominium Property Act. In so ruling, the First District found that the plain language of the Act did not place any “temporal requirement on the payment of post-purchase assessments in order for the payment to confirm the extinguishment of any lien created under subsection 9(g)(1) of the Act[.]” A copy of the opinion in Quadrangle House Condominium Association v. U.S.…

9th Cir. Holds Nevada HOA Lien Foreclosure Statute Facially Unconstitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the Nevada homeowners association foreclosure statute facially violated mortgage lenders’ constitutional due process right, and that the Nevada legislature’s enactment of a statute governing foreclosure of liens by HOAs constituted “state action.” A copy of the opinion in Bourne Valley Court Trust v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is available at: Link to Opinion. A purchaser of Nevada real estate who acquired title at a homeowners association foreclosure sale brought an action in Nevada state court seeking to quiet title and a declaration against the mortgage lender, as holder of…

Mass. SJC Holds HOA/COA May Obtain Successive 6-Month Priority Liens for Unpaid Common Expenses

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts recently held that a homeowners association may establish and enforce multiple contemporaneous liens for unpaid common expenses, each with a six-month period of priority over the first mortgage, by filing successive legal actions. A copy of the opinion in Drummer Boy Homes Association, Inc. v. Britton is available at:  Link to Opinion. The borrowers purchased a condominium unit, and later began withholding payment of their monthly common expense assessments because of a dispute concerning parking rules and related fines. The condominium association commenced an action to recover the unpaid common expenses and to enforce a…

Nevada Fed. Court Denies Class Cert. on ‘Ascertainability’ Grds., Fannie/Freddie Liens Not Extinguished by HOA Foreclosure

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada recently confirmed that a homeowner association’s foreclosure of its superpriority lien cannot extinguish a property interest of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac while those entities are under the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) conservatorship. In so ruling, the Court also denied class certification, holding that the issue of whether Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac held an interest in the property at issue at the time of a homeowner association foreclosure sale presents an impermissible individualized factual inquiry that would require “mini-trials” as to each affected property. A copy of the opinion…