In July, the California legislature passed SB 458, which revised Ca Code Civ Procedure 580e to prevent “short sale” deficiencies on second position loans.
So, here’s the rub. No one knows for certain if it is retroactive.
If you closed a deal in 2010, and the Bank has not yet sued for a deficiency on that second loan, can it do so now? What if it HAS filed suit, can you get out of the lawsuit now based on CCP 580e?
There are arguments – pro and con.
HLF can represent borrowers who have been subjected to these kinds of claims – and brokers/agents who are being brought in for indemnity cross complaints because a borrower is being sued by a Bank for a deficiency.