The Second Department, reversing (modifying) Supreme Court, determined the defendant was prejudiced by the unexplained seven-year delay between the order of reference in 2009 and the motion for a judgment of foreclosure and sale in 2016, Therefore the accrual of interest during the delay should have been tolled:
… [A]pproximately seven years elapsed between the entry of the order of reference and the time the plaintiff moved for a judgment of foreclosure and sale. … [Plaintiff] failed to offer any explanation for this delay or establish that the defendant caused this delay, as the record demonstrates that the defendant’s motions and the stays due to the defendant’s bankruptcy petitions did not occur during the period for which the defendant sought to toll the accrual of interest. Since the defendant was prejudiced by the plaintiff’s unexplained delay of approximately seven years, during which time interest had been accruing, the interest on the loan should have been tolled from October 9, 2009, … until September 21, 2016 … . GMAC Mtge., LLC v Yun, 2022 NY Slip Op 03887, Second Dept 6-15-22
Practice Point: Here the plaintiff could not explain the seven-year delay between the order of reference and the motion for a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Interest should not have accrued during the delay.