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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1649        FILED ON: 1/14/2009

SENATE  .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1613

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sonia Chang-D í az

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act to require judicial f oreclosure.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Sonia Chang-Díaz

Second Suffolk

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol


[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. S02662 OF 2007-2008.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand and Nine

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An Act to require judicial foreclosure.
 

              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to protect citizens of the Commonwealth involved in the mortgage foreclosure crisis, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, a nd by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 244 is hereby amended by inserting after Se ction 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. Mortgagors shall have a right of redemption for six months after the entry of judgment.

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