December 10, 2010 / 6:00 PM / 10 years ago

BofA to begin refiling foreclosures

The logo of Bank of America is pictured on an ATM machine in downtown Los Angeles October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp restarted about 16,000 home foreclosure cases across the United States earlier this week, a company spokesman said on Friday.

Bank of America spokesman Dan Frahm said the bank notified its outside attorneys on Monday to resume foreclosure proceedings on the first significant amount of homes since the bank lifted its repossession ban in October.

Many banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup Inc and Ally Financial, had temporarily suspended the foreclosure process for some time amid a firestorm of allegations that banks used “robo-signers” to sign hundreds of foreclosure documents a day without proper legal review.

For BofA’s latest round of foreclosures, the homes are primarily vacant or non-owner occupied houses, said Frahm. Of the 16,000 properties, 7,800 are in states where a judge must approve any home repossession.

In those states where court approval is not required for foreclose on a home, the bank has asked its attorneys to lift the hold on 8,000 delayed foreclosure sales.

The majority of the reopened foreclosure cases are in Florida, California, Texas, Georgia and Michigan.

In October the bank said it planned to refile 102,000 foreclosures in so-called judicial foreclosure states, with 70 percent of those cases in Florida.

Frahm said of the 7,800 cases being refiled in foreclosure states, the “vast majority” are in Florida.

Reporting by Joe Rauch; Editing by Phil Berlowitz

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