The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined plaintiff bank in this foreclosure action did not comply with the “separate envelope” for the notice of foreclosure required by RPAPL 1304. Therefore the bank’s summary judgment motion should not have been granted:
… [T]he plaintiff failed to establish its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, as it failed to show its strict compliance with RPAPL 1304(2). The “separate envelope” mandate of RPAPL 1304(2) provides that “[t]he notices required by this section shall be sent by the lender, assignee or mortgage loan servicer in a separate envelope from any other mailing or notice.” The copies of the 90-day notice submitted by the plaintiff included additional notices not contemplated by RPAPL 1304(2). 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'” …. it failed to establish its strict compliance with RPAPL 1304 ,,, , Deutsche Bank Natl. Trust Co. v Ghosh, 2022 NY Slip Op 05076, Second Dept 8-31-22
Practice Point: If the bank includes other information in the envelope containing the notice of foreclosure, the bank has not complied with RPAPL 1304 and is not entitled to summary judgment.