Clerks Illegally Bowing to Bank Pressure: Recording the Notice of Interest in Real Property with the Notice of Rescission attached.

For more information please call 954-495-9867 or 520-405-1688.

This is for general information only and contains my general opinions on the subject NOBODY should use this article as a substitute from advance from an attorney licensed in the jurisdiction in which the subject property is located.

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The Banks are at it again — using their political power to influence officers of State and County government into refusing to perform ministerial duties required by State statutes.
The Clerks are rejecting any filing of the notice of rescission but some are getting through. It is a good idea to send it in by mail rather than show up in person. It should be a Notice of Interest in Real Property. The letter should appear to be from either a lawyer or title agent. If it looks like a homeowner they will inspect it. If it looks like business as usual then they will ordinarily process it without any scrutiny.

A number of people are gearing up to sue the Clerk for a Writ of Mandamus in order to force the Clerk to accept the recording of the Notice of Interest in Real Property with the Notice of Rescission attached. Before suing, the matter should, in my opinion, be escalated briefly, at least, to the County attorney and give him/her a chance to correct the situation. Any document that is properly filled out with formalities that are required by statute MUST be recorded by the Clerk. The Clerk does not have discretion as to what documents they record and no discretion as to what documents that can’t record.

There is also the possibility of escalating to the Florida Attorney General and the US Attorney General

In the event that the attorneys general or County attorneys ignore or delay it, then the Petition for Writ of Mandamus is probably a viable option. Forms for Writ of Mandamus are online but nobody should do this unless they have an attorney licensed in the correct jurisdiction. The complaint should (my opinion) [comments invited]

  1.  Establish jurisdiction in the State or Federal Court (I would say Federal at first glance), to wit: that TILA Rescission is a Federal Law and that the Clerk is refusing to allow implementation of the rights of the borrower under Federal Law.
  2. The complaint should NOT ask the Court to enter an order that says that the rescission was effective — that is not the proper subject for an issue between the property owner and the clerk.
  3. Establish jurisdiction and description of the parties — the Clerk and the party seeking to record, their residence etc.
  4. The State Law requiring the Clerk to record documents should be quoted verbatim
  5. The allegation should be made that any party with an interest in the real property has the right to record such interest and that the Clerk has not been delegated or authorized to exercise discretion as to whether to accept a properly drafted and executed Notice of Interest in Real Property.
  6. The allegation should be made that the Petitioner is a person, sui juris, with an interest in the real property, to wit: the Petitioner owns the property described on Exhibit “A” legal description and street address).
  7. The allegation should be made that the Petitioner rescinded the mortgage (and note) at page ____ of OR Book _____, as per the notice of rescission attached as Exhibit “B”.
  8. The allegation should be made that the rescission is effective by operation of law, and does not require any judicial determination of whether the rescission was effective or not. 15 USC § 1635 et seq. [Maybe cite Jesinoski]
  9. The allegation should be made that the effect of the rescission is to void the mortgage (and note), by operation of law.
  10. The allegation should be made that under the TILA Rescission statutes, the creditor is required to file a release of the encumbrance, but has failed or refused to do so and has not attempted to vacate the rescission within the time window provided by law (20 days from receipt of the rescission).
  11. The allegation should be made that the said mortgage continues to create the illusion of an encumbrance in the chain of title, thus affecting (preventing) the ability of the Petitioner to sell or refinance the property.
  12. The allegation should be made that in the absence of recording the Notice of Interest in Real Property, with the Notice of rescission attached, the mortgage would remain on record with no document releasing the encumbrance as required by Federal law.
  13. The allegation should be made that the Petitioner properly executed, witnessed and notarized a Notice of Interest in Real Property dated the __ day of ___, 201_ and presented same on the ___ day of ____, 201_ to the Respondent for recording by the Respondent. (see attached Exhibit “C”)
  14. The allegation should be made that the Respondent unlawfully refused to accept the aforestated Notice of Interest in Real Property for recording without any right, justification or excuse.
  15. The allegation should be made that Petitioner was neither granted nor delegated any authority to exercise discretion in the recording of a properly executed, witnessed and notarized Interest in real property.
  16. The demand clause should be something like “Wherefore, Petitioner prays this Honorable Court will enter an order commanding the Clerk of _______ County to accept the Notice of Interest in Real Property with its exhibits and, upon payment of the required fees, record same in the Public Records of ____ County.”
  17. Make sure it is served correctly. Expect the banks to mount some challenge to the suit. But there is nothing that they can say that is legally controlling. All they can do is not like it. If they wanted to seek a court order vacating the rescission they should have done so within the 20 days.

 

But more importantly it is none of their business — if the Clerk is mandated to record ANY document that fulfills statutory requirements, then the document gets recorded — just like the lis pendens in a foreclosure action — the issue of whether the lis pendens or the lawsuit were wrongfully filed is up to the parties and the courts to fight it out — it is NEVER up to the Clerk. Any argument to the contrary would require an administrative hearing apparatus that does not exist.

Banks Struggling with Notices of Rescission

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We are starting to get a peek at the strategy the banks will employ in dealing with notices of rescission. In one case the homeowner sent the notice of BOA, who answered that they received it (one problem solved) and that the new servicer is Ocwen (whose business practices have been the subject of a cease and desist order for failing to comply with prior “settlements” and “consent judgments.”)
The obvious strategy of the banks is to try to raise issues that the foreclosure judge can rule upon, in which the notice of rescission is declared void WITHOUT the required lender lawsuit seeking declaratory relief from the rescission — an absolute 20 day requirement under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). And no matter how much philosophical discussion might ensue, this is precisely why TILA was drafted and passed by Congress and signed into law by the president — all in the wake of the savings and loan scandal that shook the industry in the 1980’s and put over 800 bankers in jail. As the US Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision written by Justice Scalia a couple of weeks ago TILA is specific consumer remedy that must be strictly construed.
When they tell you there is another servicer they are trying to re-start the 20 days to file a lawsuit they don’t want to file containing allegations they don’t want to allege, and requiring proof they cannot satisfy. It won’t work. So far, so good. They will probably try to say you sent it to the wrong “servicer” and that therefore your notice of rescission was invalid.

The foreclosure judge will be inclined to accept any argument against the effect of rescission. But TILA is very specific, it is Federal law, and the CFPB regulations under Dodd-Frank make it pretty clear that the shell game won’t work with respect to the notice of rescission. AND their response corroborates your position that they have been continually withholding the information that should have been disclosed at the fake loan closing.

According to CFPB regulations they are all servicers and they are all “good” for service of the rescission letter. You COULD send a COPY of the letter you sent to BOA to Ocwen Certified, return receipt requested. My suggestion is do not send a brand new letter. The clock is ticking. After 20 days has passed we will move to dismiss on the basis of the rescission. The so-called “old servicer” has an obligation to forward the letter to the lender and any other servicers. The 20 days, in my opinion, keeps running from the date of the mailing of the notice.

The long and short of it is that once the notice of rescission is sent (certified mail, return receipt requested) you are now in process on this strategy. The best is that (a) they won’t respond at all which your lawyer can argue they waived the defenses because of the statute of limitations contained in the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) for failing to file the required lawsuit within 20 days or (b) they will write back threatening something, which is not the response called for by TILA or (c) they will bring a lawsuit to declare your rescission void. No matter how this turns out I see it as being potentially beneficial to the homeowner.

If they sue then they need to establish standing and allege facts that they are not being required to allege and prove in foreclosure actions. They have been fighting against being required to plead or prove those facts for 10 years. So we can safely assume they can’t allege those thing and they certainly can’t prove those things.

By “those things” I mean ownership and balance. They have to allege they are the lender or they are representing a lender and SHOW that authorization. Contrary to foreclosure actions where courts have been incorrectly ruling that they only need to prove they are holding the paper, the Declaratory action that must be filed to counter your notice of rescission must allege and prove the identity of the “lender” (i.e., the party who loaned you the money or a true successor — i.e., a successor who actually purchased the debt and wasn’t simply a naked recipient of the the bogus paperwork).

Either way you are

(a) going to get rid of the mortgage and note and you will receive a ton of money just for what you paid the pretender lender at closing or the transferees of the bogus paper — which means that you cancel the note, void the mortgage so it is no longer in your chain of title — AND a receive a ton of money for the payments you made for interest and principal on a monthly basis going back to the inception of the fake loan closing, AND/OR

(b) going to get a ton of information that the foreclosure court might not otherwise allow you to reach in discovery (request for admissions, interrogatories, request to produce, depositions) .

My guess is that they are not ready to file any such lawsuit and will try arguing to the foreclosure judge that they didn’t need to because the rescission letter was defective on its face — usually the statute of limitations or the failure “to identify the violations in the letter.”

On that last point, there is no doubt in virtually all cases across the board that the notice letter need only state your rescission. Any reason for the rescission becomes a question of fact later only if the “lender” challenges the rescission letter within the 20 day period.

As to the statute of limitations, it doesn’t apply if the “lender” withheld the information that should have been disclosed. THAT is a question of fact, and THAT too must be brought up in their lawsuit (which is the ONLY way to comply with TILA on a TILA rescission).

But they will try to lure the state court judges into ruling on the sufficiency of the notice of rescission. The state court judge will be tempted to do it because he or she will see that the house is about to become free of the of the mortgage and that the lender will owe money to the borrower — two results the judges still dislike.

That strategy might work a few times but it won’t work long, in my opinion. TILA is a specific, explicit statutory remedy that cannot be interpreted in the context of common law rescission or any other rescission for that matter. The Court is required to treat these “lender” arguments (and even the question of whether the presenting party is in fact a “lender’) as a question of fact that MUST be raised in a separate lender collateral action seeking declaratory relief in a separate lawsuit.

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