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Can bank come after me for second mortgage in Pennsylvania?

Tobyhanna, PA |

I had a home foreclosed on in 2008 in Pennsylvania. It was an 80/20 mortgage. Both loans were used to purchase the house. The second mortgage was not a HELOC or anything it was strictly to purchase the home I lived in. After the foreclosure there was no deficiency judgment awarded to the bank nor did the bank try to get one. Now I have a second mortgage debt (unsecured) listed on my credit report for the second mortgage. Since the bank did not try to get a deficiency judgment and their 6 months is up can they legally sue me for the second mortgage? The bank has not contacted me once nor notified me of the debt and it has been 3 years. Please help. Also the 4 year sol is up as of this month.

Attorney Answers 2


  1. The second mortgage lender does not need to get a deficiency judgment, even if the lender was also the first mortgage lender. The statute of limitations is indeed 4 years from the last date you paid or made a promise to pay. Just because they don't sue does not mean they give up their right to put this on your credit report.

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  2. The second loan is now rightfully listed as an unsecured loan. This means it is available for discharge in a bankruptcy proceeding.

    Also, just because they cannot sue for the debt does not mean they are required to remove it from your credit report. It is still owed despite them not being able to sue to collect it.