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I have a property in Florida which i am unable to continue

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I have a property in Florida which i am unable to continue with the mortgage repayments. The property is worth approx 70,000$less than the outstanding mortgage. My Property in the UK is unencumbered. What is the position if we hand back to keys? Is the lender able to come after my UK property?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: UK Property Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 6 years ago.



If the lender sells the property at a loss and you owed them a sum of money owing under the mortgage then they may seek to get judgement on that debt in the UK.


They would first have to issue a claim at Court and get judgement on it, which is not practically difficult. They would also seek to include their legal fees for this in judgement debt.


Once they have obtained judgement in the UK they can then seek to enforce this against you. Usually this involves registering a charging order against the title of your property. They would have to apply for a charging order, registered first as an interim charging order, a hearing will be set for whether a final charging order should be registered.


Once the final charging order is registered against your title it would prevent the sale of the property without the lender's consent, which in reality means that they shall not consent to the sale unless the money is repaid upon completion. They could apply for an order for sale of the property. You would be informed of any such application and would obviously make representations as to why the order should not be made. These orders are considered only as a ultimate sanction by the Court and they have very wide discretion to to consider your welfare and housing requirements and those of your children (if any) and a number of factors are considered (size of debt, repayment suggestions, whether the debt will actually be repaid from the proceeds of sale, the fact that is his and your home).


Sorry it could not be better news, it's a very difficult situation and you have my sympathies.


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for that as you say not the best of new. My mother has recently transfered her property to my brother and I. Should I transfer my assets to my son is there a period of time that has to go by so this is not seen as defrauding the creditor? I appriciate that if it is trust then 5 years has to elapse is this the same if it is change only at land registory?
Expert:  Thomas replied 6 years ago.



Thank you for your kind accept.


I'm afraid that any transfer of property at an undervalue (or for no value) would be seen as defrauding your creditor and the Court has very wide powers to disclaim these transaction.


All it will do is make them incur more legal fees in apply to have any such transfers set aside, which will then be added to the judegment debt. It would not help your cause to transfer at undervalues I'm afraid.


Sorry again.


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