The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court in this foreclosure action, determined the five housing counseling agencies listed on the 90-day notice were designated by the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) at the time the notice was sent:
“It is the plaintiff’s burden, on its motion for summary judgment, to demonstrate its strict compliance with the applicable provisions of RPAPL 1304” … . As relevant here, RPAPL 1304(2) … required that the 90-day notice sent to the borrower “contain a list of at least five housing counseling agencies as designated by the division of housing and community renewal, that serve the region where the borrower resides,” and that the lists of designated agencies published on the websites of the New York State Department of Financial Services (hereinafter DFS) and the DHCR be used by the lender, assignee, or mortgage loan servicer to meet these requirements … .
… [P]laintiff failed to establish … its strict compliance with RPAPL 1304(2), as it failed to demonstrate that the five entities listed on the 90-day notices sent to the defendant were designated by the DHCR as of when the notices were sent … . Bank of N.Y. Mellon v Maldonado, 2022 NY Slip Op 05974, Second Dept 10-26-22
Practice Point: If the bank in a foreclosure action does not demonstrate strict compliance with the notice requirements in RPAPL 1304 it is not entitled to summary judgment. At time of this action, RPAPL 1304 required that five housing counseling agencies be listed in the RPAPL 1304 notice and that the agencies be designated by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). Here the bank didn’t demonstrate the five agencies were so designated so its motion for summary judgment shouldn’t have been granted.