An internet search for the answer to this question, will frequently give the COMPLETELY INACCURATE answer that CT is an anti-deficiency/non-recourse state.

This is a widely spread incorrect fact. If you live in Connecticut and your home forecloses – the lender absolutely has the right to sue you for a deficiency judgement.

In CT, a deficiency judgement may be pursued by the mortgagee in both a strict foreclosure, and foreclosure by sale.

Per Connecticut Mortgage Law:

Sec. 49-14. Deficiency judgment. (a) At any time within thirty days after the time limited for redemption has expired, any party to a mortgage foreclosure may file a motion seeking a deficiency judgment. Such motion shall be placed on the short calendar for an evidentiary hearing. Such hearing shall be held not less than fifteen days following the filing of the motion, except as the court may otherwise order. At such hearing the court shall hear the evidence, establish a valuation for the mortgaged property and shall render judgment for the plaintiff for the difference, if any, between such valuation and the plaintiff’s claim. The plaintiff in any further action upon the debt, note or obligation, shall recover only the amount of such judgment.

(b) Upon the motion of any party and for good cause shown, the court may refer such motion to a state referee, who shall have and exercise the powers of the court with respect to trial, judgment and appeal in such case.

(c) Any party to a mortgage foreclosure who has moved for an appraisal of property for the purpose of obtaining a deficiency judgment, but has not been granted a deficiency judgment, or has not received full satisfaction of any deficiency judgment obtained subsequent to the filing of such motion, may make a motion to the court for a deficiency judgment as set forth in subsection (a) of this section. If such motion is made on or before November 1, 1979, such moving party shall be deemed to have complied with all of the requirements of subsection (a) of this section and shall be entitled to the benefit of any deficiency judgment rendered pursuant to said subsection (a).

(d) Any appeal pending in the Supreme Court with regard to any deficiency judgment or proceedings relating thereto shall be stayed until a hearing is held pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Any appellant in such an appeal shall have the right for a period of thirty days after the rendering of judgment pursuant to subsection (a) of this section to amend his appeal. There shall be no stay of such an appeal if no motion has been filed pursuant to this section on or before November 1, 1979.




Minna Reid is a full-time, full-service, Connecticut REALTOR®,  specializing in short sales, serving central and eastern CT including, but not limited to; Andover, Avon, Ashford, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Cromwell, East Hartford, East Hampton, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hebron, Lebanon, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Newington, Portland, Rocky Hill, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Stafford, Tolland, Vernon, Willington, Wallingford, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Willington.      

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