The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment in this foreclosure action should not have been granted because the plaintiff did not sent the RPAPL 1304 notice in a separate envelope. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment should have been granted for the same reason:
… [T]he copies of the 90-day notice submitted by the plaintiff in support of its motion included additional notices not contemplated by RPAPL 1304(2). The plaintiff acknowledged that the envelopes it sent to the defendants, which contained the requisite RPAPL 1304 notice, also included a separate notice pertaining to the rights of a debtor in military service and a debtor in bankruptcy, among others. This Court recently determined, in Bank of America, N.A. v Kessler (202 AD3d 10), that RPAPL 1304(2) requires that the requisite notice under its provision be mailed in an envelope separate from any other notice. Since the plaintiff failed to demonstrate that the RPAPL 1304 notice was “served in an envelope that was separate from any other mailing or notice” … . …
… [A]s the defendants established their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them “by showing that the plaintiff failed to comply with RPAPL 1304 when it sent additional material in the same envelopes as the requisite notice under RPAPL 1304,” and as the plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact in opposition, the Supreme Court should have granted the defendants’ cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them … . Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v Bedell, 2022 NY Slip Op 03413, Second Dept 5-25-22
Practice Point: If the bank doesn’t send the foreclosure notice required by RPAPL 1304 in a separate envelope, the defendants in the foreclosure action are entitled to summary judgment.