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Statute of Limitations (N.J.S.A. 2A:50-56.1)

In 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed nine new laws that affect New Jersey foreclosures. The laws aim to help homeowners and reduce foreclosures. This article describes the law that relates to the statute of limitations.

The new law limits the time frame for a bank or lender (the term “lender” used throughout this article refers to the bank, lender, or loan servicer) to file a foreclosure case. The lender now must file by the earliest of the following:

  1. Six (6) years from the most recent missed regular payment (date of default);
  2. Six (6) years from the maturity date in the loan note or the mortgage; or
  3. Thirty-six (36) years from the date when the mortgage was recorded.

The old law allowed foreclosures to be filed within 20 years of the most recent missed regular payment.

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