SECTION 1. Chapter 244 is hereby amended by inserting after Section 1 the following section:–
Section 2: Foreclosure by Complaint: All foreclosures of residential mortgages on 1-4 family owner-occupied property located in the commonwealth can only be initiated by the filing of a foreclosure complaint in the Superior or Housing Court for the county in which the property is located. A residential mortgagor may raise any and all available defenses to the foreclosure and to the contract for the underlying mortgage loan, in law and in equity. The court shall have the authority to modify the mortgage or grant any other appropriate relief.
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