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Bear Stern Asset-Backed Sec. I Tr. 2006-Imi v. Ceesay

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Feb 13, 2020
2020 NY Slip Op 01025 (N.Y. App. Div. Feb. 13, 2020)

Opinion

2020 NY Slip Op 01025 11027 32709/16E

02-13-2020

Bear Stern Asset-Backed Securities I Trust 2006-IMI, etc., et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v Eliman Ceesay, Defendant-Respondent, Saul Romero, et al., Defendants.

Ras Boriskin, LLC, Westbury (Leah Lenz of counsel), for appellant.


Ras Boriskin, LLC, Westbury (Leah Lenz of counsel), for appellant.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Mary Ann Brigantti, J.), entered on or about April 3, 2018, which granted defendant Ceesay's motion to vacate an order of reference, reinstate his answer, and dismiss the complaint as against him, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Defendant demonstrated a reasonable excuse for its default in opposing plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on its foreclosure complaint (CPLR 5015[a][1]). Defendant's assertion of difficulties with the court's e-filing system is a reasonable excuse (see e.g. Matter of Rivera v New York City Dept. of Sanitation, 142 AD3d 463 [1st Dept 2016]; Spira v New York City Tr. Auth., 49 AD3d 478 [1st Dept 2008]).

Defendant also demonstrated a meritorious defense to the action (see Rivera, 142 AD3d at 463). Plaintiff never sent him a statutorily compliant prior notice of risk of foreclosure (see RPAPL 1304), a condition precedent to the commencement of a residential foreclosure action (see HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v Ozcan, 154 AD3d 822, 825 [2d Dept 2017]). The affidavit by an officer of plaintiff's servicing company on which plaintiff relies refers to, and attaches, only a notice of default that is not in compliance with RPAPL 1304. Moreover, the affidavit merely confirms the officer's review of her employer's business records, which is insufficient to establish proof that the notice was mailed. Plaintiff argued in opposition to the motion to vacate that it sent an RPAPL 1304 notice in good faith. However, there is no proof of actual mailing (see CitiMortgage, Inc. v Moran, 167 AD3d 461 [1st Dept 2018]).

Plaintiff contends that the requirements of RPAPL 1304 are inapplicable because the mortgage loan was not a "home loan" as defined under that statute (see id. § [6][a][1]). We do not reach this contention, because it involves issues of fact raised for the first time on appeal (cf. Ozcan, 154 AD3d at 824-825 [deciding "home loan" issue where defendant did not refute that the subject property was a commercial property and that he lived elsewhere]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: FEBRUARY 13, 2020

CLERK


Summaries of

Bear Stern Asset-Backed Sec. I Tr. 2006-Imi v. Ceesay

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Feb 13, 2020
2020 NY Slip Op 01025 (N.Y. App. Div. Feb. 13, 2020)
Case details for

Bear Stern Asset-Backed Sec. I Tr. 2006-Imi v. Ceesay

Case Details

Full title:Bear Stern Asset-Backed Securities I Trust 2006-IMI, etc., et al.,…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York

Date published: Feb 13, 2020

Citations

2020 NY Slip Op 01025 (N.Y. App. Div. Feb. 13, 2020)