If the second mortgage holder forecloses, the successful bidder at the auction takes the property "subject to" the 1st lien. You will no longer own the property and it is not necessary for the 1st mortgage holder to foreclose for you to lose the property.
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Yes, if you are in default on the second mortgage, then the second mortgage can file a foreclosure action. In Ohio once the second mortgage receives judgment it can file to have the property sold at sheriff's sale. First. court cost and taxes will be paid from the proceeds. Then the first mortgage will be paid, and if there is anything left, the second mortgage is paid. Because the second mortgage does not get paid first they usually don't file a foreclosure.
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Based on the facts you provided, there are several scenarios to consider:
First, the second mortgage holder can certainly foreclose on their lien, however, if there is no equity beyond the value held by the senior lien holder this may be unlikely, however;
Second, the second mortgage holder could file a foreclosure lawsuit in the hopes that your first mortgage holder does not answer the complaint, or;
Third, the second mortgage holder could simply sue on the note, get judgment; and attempt to garnish wages or attach to some other property.
In any event, these are certainly issues worth consulting with an experienced attorney.