Florida Foreclosure Surplus: Supreme Court Clarifies Deadline to Make a Claim

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On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of Florida, reconciled a conflict that existed between the appellate district courts of the state, as to when was the trigger date for filing a claim to a surplus from a foreclosure sale.  In the case styled as the Bank of New York Mellon v. Glenville, a dispute arose between the former owners of certain real property at foreclosure and a junior lienholder over who was entitled to a portion of surplus funds resulting from a judicial foreclosure sale of the property formerly owned by the former owner.  In Glenville, Florida’s high court held that the requirement, which is governed by the Florida Statute, which states that a claim to payment of any surplus funds from a foreclosure sale must be filed with the clerk of the court within sixty days after the sale begins upon the clerk’s issuance of the certificate of disbursements.  Two Florida district courts of appeals’ positions were vacated and/or quashed as a result of the Glenville decision, which now clarifies the deadline statewide.

ERIC N. ASSOULINE, ESQ.

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