In one of the more bizarre foreclosure cases, Bank of America is threatening to throw a West Hartford family out of their home even though the couple never missed a mortgage payment.
The largest bank in the United States earlier this month notified Shock Baitch and his wife Lisa (Friedman) Baitch that foreclosure action will start Christmas eve unless the couple agrees to put their home up for a forced sale.
As of this (Friday Dec. 31) morning, Bank Of America has not backed down from its foreclosure threat. But a bank spokesman now denies it ever threatened foreclosure, despite a letter from the bank stating it. The spokesman’s comments, the foreclosure letter, the customer’s response, as well as the October letter from Bank of America accepting responsibility for its errors are now on the bottom of this column.
Why the foreclosure threat?
Because another unit of Bank of America erroneously reported to credit agencies that the family was seeking a loan modification, ruining their credit rating and as the result putting their mortgage into default.
All this is happening even though the bank – after admitting it erred and sent a letter of apology in September – handed this case to a special unit at Bank of America that is charged with dealing with severe customer issues. It promised to notify the credit reporting agencies that the couple were not deadbeats, but were good credit risks.
“I have never seen a case like this,” said Manchester attorney Wendell Davis, whose office handles many foreclosures.
Before taking the case, Davis said he thoroughly checked Baitch’s records and found that all his and his wife’s allegations were accurate.
“They have never even been late on a mortgage payment,” said Davis this morning in an interview.
Davis, a member of the Ct Bar Association’s foreclosure committee, said he is preparing a lawsuit to protect his clients because it’s the only way to hold Bank Of America accountable for its actions. FOR THE REST OF THE STORY
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