Fast foreclosure [HB 87] bill is a bad idea Roy Oppenheim tells Channel 2's Helen Ferre

Wed Jun 5, 2013 by on Florida Law News


It’s been nearly a week since the fast foreclosure bill HB 87 landed on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for his signature. The bill, passed by the Florida Legislature during the last session, would speed up foreclosures and, in the process, deny many homeowners whose homes have been foreclosed upon their due process rights.

With thousands of foreclosure cases languishing in the court system, proponents have said there is a need to push them through.

But real estate and foreclosure defense attorney Roy Oppenheim, who appeared on Channel 2 “Issues” with Helen Ferre to discuss the bill, explains why he has been urging Gov. Scott to veto it.

Rather than help to clear the backlog of foreclosures, Roy believes it actually will impede the foreclosure process. He said the bill will change the rules in such a way as to have retroactive and constitutional effects and essentially distort the entire foreclosure process.

An outspoken opponent of HB 87, Roy sent a letter to Gov. Scott urging him to veto the measure.

The bill, if approved, will benefit lawyers because without them homeowners will not be able to get a fair shake, he told Ferre.

Want to hear more? Click here to see the entire Channel 2 interview.

Real estate and foreclosure defense attorney, Roy Oppenheim left Wall Street for Main Street, founding Oppenheim Law along with his wife Ellen in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He also is vice president of Weston Title and creator of the South Florida Law Blog, named the best business and technology blog by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Follow Roy on Twitter at @OpLaw or like Oppenheim Law on Facebook .

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