If you’re in the unfortunate predicament of failing to receive payments after an owner-to-owner transaction, you may question your options of proceeding. Do you foreclose? Perhaps you should begin by evicting?

First, know that eviction refers to the current occupation and ownership of the property involved. A foreclosure is an effort to reclaim the property title. While eviction may likely be a necessity in the future, it is suggested that the original owner proceed with foreclosure first. The essential instrument of success in this proceeding is proof of the original owner’s continued mortgage payments. At this point, an argument can be made for continued interest payments on the mortgage or for the equity that has been gained since you (as the original buyer) first signed.

The process of foreclosing requires an acceleration notice or default notice that typically would notify the occupant of a 30-day deadline on total payment. It is also highly suggested that an attorney oversee the process as foreclosures tend to be convoluted and tricky. Be prepared, too, to pay costs for court in addition to attorney fees.

To summarize, if after an owner-to-owner property sale the buyer or occupant fails to make payments, a foreclosure is advised. An attorney to guide the process is also highly suggested. After an acceleration or default notice completes its deadline, it may then be necessary to evict.

Stephen K. Hachey, a Florida foreclosure attorney, can help your wade through this process and determine a positive solution. Contact him at 813-549-0096.

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