Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Should I still be Responsible for a Surrendered Property through Bankruptcy?

Question: I filed for bankruptcy over a year ago in New York State; all of my debts were discharged. I opted to surrender my home. I have not heard from my bank since before the bankruptcy filing. I was unaware that I still owned the property until earlier this year when I was cited by the city for code violations. I fixed the problems, but do not have the means to continue to care for this property. It is currently unlivable. I recently received a notice of tax sale from my county. Can I sell this property? Will the county take it at a later date and sell it for taxes owed? I have doubts that my bank will ever get around to taking claim of the house. I tried to do a short sale and received many offers which were all turned down by my bank. They repeatedly lost paperwork and misdirected my calls. Once the bankruptcy went through last year I stopped trying.

Response: If you surrendered the property through a bankruptcy, then maintenance is no longer your responsibility. Trustee is the one who disperses the assets and maybe there is a delay, but considering that you willingly surrendered the property, it should no longer be your concern.

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