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relating to mortgage foreclosures.





SECTION 1. Section 667-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"667-5 Foreclosure under power of sale; notice; affidavit after sale. (a) When a power of sale is contained in a mortgage, and where the mortgagee, the mortgagee's successor in interest, or any person authorized by the power to act in the premises, desires to foreclose under power of sale upon breach of a condition of the mortgage, the mortgagee, successor, or person shall be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the State and is physically located in the State. The attorney shall:

(1) Give notice of the mortgagee's, successor's, or person's intention to foreclose the mortgage and of the sale of the mortgaged property, by publication of the notice once in each of three successive weeks (three publications), the last publication to be not less than fourteen days before the day of sale, in a newspaper having a general circulation in the county in which the mortgaged property lies; and

(2) Give any notices and do all acts as are authorized or required by the power contained in the mortgage.

(b) Copies of the notice required under subsection (a) shall be:

(1) Filed with the state director of taxation; and

(2) Posted on the premises not less than twenty-one days before the day of sale.

(c) Upon the request of any person entitled to notice pursuant to this section and sections 667-5.5 and 667-6, the attorney, the mortgagee, successor, or person represented by the attorney shall disclose to the requestor the following information:

(1) The amount to cure the default, together with the estimated amount of the foreclosing mortgagee's attorneys' fees and costs, and all other fees and costs estimated to be incurred by the foreclosing mortgagee related to the default prior to the auction within five business days of the request; and

(2) The sale price of the mortgaged property once auctioned.

(d) Any sale, of which notice has been given as aforesaid, may be postponed from time to time by public announcement made by the mortgagee or by some person acting on the mortgagee's behalf. Upon request made by any person who is entitled to notice pursuant to section 667-5.5 or 667-6, or this section, the mortgagee or person acting on the mortgagee's behalf shall provide the date and time of a postponed auction, or if the auction is canceled, information that the auction was canceled. The mortgagee within thirty days after selling the property in pursuance of the power, shall file a copy of the notice of sale and the mortgagee's affidavit, setting forth the mortgagee's acts in the premises fully and particularly, in the bureau of conveyances.

(e) The recordation of both the copy of the notice of sale and the mortgagee's affidavit shall operate as full satisfaction of the debt owed by the borrower to the foreclosing mortgagee and the foreclosing mortgagee shall not be entitled to pursue or obtain a deficiency judgment against the borrower. The debt of any other lien creditor, including but not limited to a holder of an association lien that arises under a declaration filed pursuant to chapters 514A or 514B, whose lien is subordinate to the mortgage being foreclosed and is extinguished by the foreclosure sale, shall not be entitled to pursue or obtain a monetary judgment against the borrower.

[(e)] (f) The affidavit and copy of the notice shall be recorded and indexed by the registrar, in the manner provided in chapter 501 or 502, as the case may be.

[(f)] (g) This section is inapplicable if the mortgagee is foreclosing as to personal property only."

SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.








Report Title:

Mortgage Foreclosures; Deficiency Judgments



Prohibits foreclosing mortgagees in nonjudicial foreclosures from pursuing deficiency judgments against the borrowers. Prohibits junior lienholders from pursuing monetary judgments against the borrowers.




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