IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

IN AND FOR PASCO/PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA

 

                                                Plaintiff(s),

v.                                                                                 CASE NO.:    

                                                Defendant(s).

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO HOMEOWNER

A FORECLOSURE ACTION HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST YOU - YOU HAVE RIGHTS DURING THE FORECLOSURE

 

LEGAL

You are urged to seek legal counsel to protect your rights and your home.  If you are able to afford an attorney, you may contact the local Bar Associations lawyer referral services.

 

If you cannot afford an attorney, you may contact your local legal aid or legal service provider. 

 

Attorney’s Saving Homes                                                                                (888) 607-2187

Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.                                        (727) 490-4040    (352) 567-9044    www.bals.org

Community Law Program (only Pinellas County)                                   (727) 582-7480    www.lawprogram.org

Gulf Coast Legal Services (only Pinellas County)                                    (727) 821-0726    www.gulfcoastlegal.org     

 

HOUSING COUNSELING

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.                                                                          211                         www.211tampabay.org

Catholic Charities Diocese of St Petersburg                                               (813) 707-7508    www.ccdosp.org

City of St. Petersburg Housing & Community Development (727) 893-7247    www.stpete.org/housing/home_forclosure

Clearwater Neighborhood Housing Services                                             (727) 442-4155    www.cnhs.biz

Consumer Credit Counseling Service                                                           (800) 984-0977    www.cccsfl.org

Foreclosure Help Line                                                                                      (888) 995-4673    www.fha.gov/fhasecure

Housing & Education Alliance                                                                       (813) 261-2755    www.myhomeamerica.org

National Foundation for Debt Management                                               (727) 254-5353    www.nfdm.org

Pasco County Office of Management & Budget                              (727) 834-3445    (352) 521-4274 ext. 3445 www.pascocountyfl.net/menu/index/cdevindex.htm

Pinellas County Community Development Department                          (727) 464-8210   www.pinellascounty.org/community

Solita’s House, Inc.                                                                                            (813) 425-4847
St. Petersburg Neighborhood Housing Services                                        (727) 821-6897    www.stpetenhs.org

Tampa Bay Community Development Corporation                                (727) 442-7075    www.tampabaycdc.org

The Florida Department of Children and Families                                                                  www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)                (800) 225-5342    www.fha.gov/fhasecure

 

One or more of the following options may be available to help you save your home.  Contact a Housing Counseling agency to find out additional information. 

 

Reinstatement:  Repayment of the total amount that you are behind in a lump sum payment.

 

Forbearance:  Temporary reduction or suspension of your mortgage payments. 

 

Repayment Plan:  Agreement that allows the homeowner to repay the amount that you are behind gradually while making your regularly scheduled monthly payments.

 

Loan Modification:  Written agreement that permanently changes one or more of the original terms of your mortgage to make the payments more affordable. 

 

Short Sale:  Lender may allow you to sell the home for less than the total amount owed on the mortgage.  If the lender agrees to the short sale, the remaining portion of the mortgage that exceeds the net proceeds form the sale will be written off by the lender.

 

Deed-in-lieu of Foreclosure:  Lender will cancel the mortgage if the homeowner voluntarily transfers the title of the property to the mortgage lender. 

 

AVOID FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS:  You may be contacted by individuals or companies that claim they can save your home from foreclosure.  Please seek legal advice before you sign any documents or pay money to anyone offering to save your home from foreclosure.  If you think that you have been a victim of a foreclosure scam, you may call one of the following numbers for assistance:

 

Florida Department of Financial Regulation                                                                                 1-800-342-2762

Federal Trade Commission                                                                                                               1-877-382-4357

Office of the Attorney General                                                                                                         1-866-966-7266

Consumer Services Division of Florida Department of Agriculture                                           1-800-435-7352

Pinellas County Justice & Services                                                   (727)464-6200     www.pinellascounty.org/consumer

 

ATTACHMENT A – NOTICE TO HOMEOWNER