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No sector is receiving more press about the impact of the rapid rise in interest rates than the commercial real estate industry. It seems like every day there is another article about the billions — or trillions — of dollars in debt that will mature over the next 24 months, secured by interests in real estate. For many properties, the owners’ equity has been wiped out, and the lenders will be left to exercise rights to foreclose their collateral. An interim step in this process is often the appointment of a receiver to operate and or preserve the property during the foreclosure process. Many clients are not aware that the Bankruptcy Code provides that, upon the filing of a bankruptcy case, the receiver is required to give back possession of the mortgaged property to the debtor unless the lender obtains an order from the Bankruptcy Court excusing the receiver from this requirement. And most of the time, the lender does not want possession returned to the debtor that defaulted under the loan. So when can a receiver be excused from this requirement?
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By Jeffery Lula
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By Michael L. Cook
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