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U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Adams

Florida Court of Appeals, Second District

May 12, 2017

U.S. BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR RFMSI 2006-S10, Appellant,
v.
ROBERT A. ADAMS, SHEILAH C. ADAMS and GULF AND BAY CLUB CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., Appellees.

         NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE REHEARING MOTION AND, IF FILED, DETERMINED

         Appeal from the Circuit Court for Sarasota County; Nancy K. Donnellan, Senior Judge, and Kimberly C. Bonner, Judge.

          Dean A. Morande and Michael K. Winston of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A., West Palm Beach, and Nicholas A. Brown of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A., Tampa, for Appellant.

          Mark P. Stopa of Stopa Law Firm of Tampa, for Appellees Robert A. Adams and Sheilah C. Adams.

          No appearance for Appellee Gulf and Bay Club Condominium Association, Inc.

          SILBERMAN, Judge.

         In this residential foreclosure action, U.S. Bank seeks review of a final summary judgment in favor of the defendants, Robert and Sheilah Adams. The summary judgment was based on the Adamses' argument that U.S. Bank failed to comply with the condition precedent of giving notice pursuant to section 559.715, Florida Statutes (2013), of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act. We reverse because section 559.715 does not create a condition precedent. In so doing, we reject two alternate bases for affirmance presented by the Adamses regarding U.S. Bank's alleged failure to comply with a condition precedent in paragraph 22 of the mortgage.

         In the operative complaint, U.S. Bank alleged that all conditions precedent had been fulfilled or had occurred. In their answer, the Adamses alleged that U.S. Bank failed to give notice that the debt had been assigned to U.S. Bank as required by section 559.715 and failed to give notice of default as required by paragraph 22 of the mortgage. The Adamses eventually moved for summary judgment on these bases.

         In support of these arguments, the Adamses attached affidavits in which each of them asserted as follows:

The mortgage in this case required that the bank give me 30 days' notice of any alleged default and an opportunity to cure such default prior to accelerating the balance alleged to be due and prior to initiating any foreclosure lawsuit. The notice was supposed to include specific terms outlined in paragraph 22 of the mortgage. I have never received any such notice from Plaintiff (or anyone purporting to act [on] Plaintiff's behalf). I have never been given any default or given any notice of any alleged default on my mortgage or an opportunity to cure said default.
I never signed a Note or Mortgage with Plaintiff, and it did not give me written notice that this debt was allegedly assigned to it, nor did it even provide me with the required notice of assignment 30 days prior to filing this lawsuit. . . .

(Footnote omitted.)

         U.S. Bank filed a memorandum in opposition to the motion for summary judgment in which it argued that section 559.715 does not create a condition precedent to filing a mortgage foreclosure action. As to paragraph 22, U.S. Bank asserted it had complied with the mortgage's notice requirement by mailing a notice of default to the Adamses, and it filed a copy of the notice with its memorandum. U.S. Bank alternatively argued that the Adamses' affidavits were insufficient to establish the absence of an issue of material fact regarding whether U.S. Bank gave notice of default. U.S. Bank asserted that the notice of default was subject to a "mailbox rule" in paragraph 15 which deems notice to be given when mailed. According to U.S. Bank, the Adamses' affidavits did not refute its assertion in the complaint that it complied with all conditions precedent because the affidavits failed to establish that the requisite notice had not been mailed.

         The hearing on the Adamses' summary judgment motion was brief. The Adamses argued that section 559.715 created a condition precedent and that U.S. Bank had not given the required notice. In response, U.S. Bank argued that the Adamses' affidavits were legally insufficient to establish their entitlement to summary judgment because they had not established that U.S. Bank failed to send any required notice; rather, they simply established that they had not received such notice. At the conclusion of the hearing, the trial court granted the motion for summary judgment ...


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