THE END OF HAMP MODIFICATION PROGRAM AND CHAPTER 13 MODIFICATION OF MORTGAGES IN CHAPTER 13
As most people are aware, the federal HAMP modification program ended on December 31, 2016. That means that if you did not get your application in to your servicer prior to that date, there is no opportunity to modify your loan through the program.
While HAMP was not perfect, it was a proven method of obtaining accurate modification information for the purpose of determining if the homeowner was able to afford a modification and save their home. Now that HAMP is no longer, what does that mean for the Chapter 13 modification program in Jacksonville, FL?
The good news is that the Chapter 13 Trustee in Jacksonville recently announced that the Bankruptcy Court’s modification program would continue without the HAMP program. The Trustee has concluded that the Court’s modification program was not based on HAMP, but on the administrative order issued by the Bankruptcy Judges which set up the program. While that Order used some of the HAMP guidelines to determine trial payments and other plan terms, the Order was not authorized or based on HAMP.
This means that the Chapter 13 Plans can still set up a trial payment of 31% of the Debtor’s gross income as the new proposed payment, can still put no payments towards arrears and can still use the Court’s modification document portal. In summary, it means that thousands of homeowners in Florida can still save their home through the program. Our office is actively working with numerous homeowners to continue the bankruptcy modification process.
At Mickler & Mickler, we attend Court and see the bankruptcy trustees and judges in action several times a week. We have the experience to guide you to the right decision about whether to file a case, and if so, what Chapter to file. When you contact our office, we can help you in your case with sound legal advice.Please contact Mickler & Mickler at 904.725.0822 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to set you up a free appointment to discuss your situation and potential solutions.