Rent Stabilized Status Lost in Bankruptcy
Will filing bankruptcy cause you to lose your rent-stabilized apartment?
On April 10, 2012, the United States Bankruptcy Court, S.D. New York ruled that a chapter 7 debtor could not exempt the value of her rent stabilized lease (SeeIn re Santiago-Monteverde, 466 B.R. 621 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2012). Unfortunately,0n September 10, 2012, the debtor lost her appeal to the United States District Court, S.D. New York. The District Court affirmed the bankruptcy court’s ruling which rejected the debtor’s argument that the value of her rent-stabilized lease is a qualifying local public assistance benefit under section 282(2) of New York Debtor and Creditor Law.
It appears that the debtor’s chapter 7 case was going rather smoothly until the chapter 7 Trustee received an offer from the Debtor’s landlord to purchase the Trustee’s interest in the Rent-stabilized lease. This set off a chain of events which, for the time being, have resulted in the debtor potentially being forced out of her rent-stabilized apartment.
Thus, until legislation is enacted which allows debtors to safely exempt the value of their rent stabilized lease, bankruptcy practitioners will have to tread carefully when dealing with a debtor who leases a rent-stabilized apartment.
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Did the Means Test get easier?
The means test is a method of determining a person’s eligibility to maintain a chapter 7 case. It plays a major role in determining if a person can file a chapter 7 bankruptcy or must file under a different chapter of the bankruptcy code.
On March 15th the New York median household income increased. This allows those looking to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy to make a little more money, but still pass the means test. Generally, what is meant by passing/failing the means test:
Passing the means test = you can likely file a chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Failing the means test= you likely won’t be able to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy.
So, this increase should allow more people to pass the means test.
This is good news! However, the above is all very general information. You should discuss your specific situation with a knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney before deciding to file, or not file for bankruptcy.
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