Valueless Junior Liens are Allowed to be Stripped Away from Debtors

Written By: Emil FleysherOctober 9, 2014

 During the recession property values were so high. And, obtaining credit was almost as simple as getting something out of a vending machine that many owners took out two and even three mortgages. However, when the market crashed and the surplus ended, many were left swimming upstream without a paddle. With such a large amount of debt hanging over their heads, an abundance of people was and continue to seek financial freedom via bankruptcy.
To the surprise of many, the courts have thrown debtors an unconventional bone. They are allowing stripping away valueless liens away from the homesteads of the debtors. This is after the completion of their Chapter 13 payments. The bankruptcy bar calls it Chapter 20 because it has all of the effects of Chapter 13 but with the addition of the lien-stripping from Chapter 7. Lenders are less than pleased about it, especially since they are losing the bargaining of secured claims on the homestead.

However, this upside for the lenders is that the debtors are most likely to remain in the property. And, they will continue to maintain the property on behalf of the bank whilst they figure out their next step. For the debtor, this is a win-win situation. They continue to reside on the property. Additionally, after they have completed their Chapter 13 payments, all their valueless junior liens will be removed. This includes second and third mortgages.


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