The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined plaintiff’s motion to amend the complaint in this strict foreclosure action to add a cause of action for reforeclosure under RPAPL 1503:
Section 1503 of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law establishes an action in reforeclosure where an original foreclosure judgment, sale, or conveyance may be void or voidable as against any person. The statute grants a purchaser the right to maintain an action “to determine the right of any person to set aside such judgment, sale or conveyance or to enforce an equity of redemption or to recover possession of the property, or the right of any junior mortgagee to foreclose a mortgage” (id.). “Such action may be maintained even though an action against the defendant to foreclose the mortgage under which the judgment, sale or conveyance was made, or to extinguish a right of redemption, would be barred by the statutes of limitation” … . Bank of N.Y. v Karistina Enters., LLC, 2022 NY Slip Op 05828, Second Dept 10-19-22
Practice Point: Reforeclosure under RPAPL 1503 may be available when the original mortgage is void or voidable as against any person.