New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Finds Lien Held by Homeowners’ Association Is Subject to Modification

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey recently overruled a creditor’s objection to the debtors’ proposed chapter 13 plan, rejecting the association’s argument that its claim is secured by a consensual lien and may not be modified pursuant to 11 U.S.C. 1322(b)(2). Specifically, the Court found that a lien held by a New Jersey condominium or homeowners’ association can be either a statutory lien (subject to modification) or a consensual lien (not subject to modification) depending upon the circumstances presented. In re Keise, 564 B.R. 255 (Bankr. D.N.J. 2017). The matter was before the Court on a confirmation hearing on the chapter 13 plan filed by the debtors.    Read the article…………..

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