In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Court of Common Pleas for Philadelphia County
has ordered (May 15, 2008) that the sheriff's sale of all owner occupied homes
(as opposed to non- owner occupied homes
) in foreclosure originally scheduled to be sold in June and July have been postponed until the Sheriff Sales scheduled for September and October, respectively, in order that the Conciliation Conference required pursuant to President Judge General Court Regulation No. 2008-01
can be held. The cancellations are made as part of the recently passed Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program
In the event foreclosing mortgage lenders certify that a home in foreclosure is not owner occupied (which would thereby allow a scheduled home foreclosure sale to continue) when in fact the home is owner occupied, a certification/objection procedure is provided and contained in Exhibit C of the court order
for owner-occupying homeowners to use to file with the court their objections to their mortgage lenders' certifications.
Homeowner objections are to be filed on or before May 29, 2008 for the properties listed for sale on June 3, 2008 and on or before June 23, 2008 for the properties listed for sale July 1, 2008.
Go here to read the entire May 15, 2008 court order
for more information.
Go here for other posts on the Philadelphia foreclosure diversion program
Thanks to attorney Donald Marritz of Regional Housing Legal Services
in Pennsylvania for the heads up on the most recent court order. diversion program