Nebraska Bankruptcy Court Rules §506(b) Is Not A Blank Check for Over-Secured Creditors, Knocks off $38,355.85 of Excessive Fees and Charges

Nebraska Bankruptcy Court Rules §506(b) Is Not A Blank Check for Over-Secured Creditors, Knocks off $38,355.85 of Excessive Fees and Charges

The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska recently reviewed the reasonableness of the fees and charges claimed by a mortgage creditor on an over-secured loan. Prior to filing for protection under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, the Debtor owned two properties, one residential and the other business, and pledged them as collateral for an SBA loan through the creditor. He subsequently fell behind on payments and was not able to pay the balloon amount. The properties are collectively valued at $220,000.00 and the principal and interest balance at filing was less than $70,000.00. The creditor’s claim also included $13,592.20 for late charges and $41,365.85 for expenses for appraisals, assessments and other fees. The Debtor objected to the reasonableness of the charges and expenses.

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