Sometimes, however, the mortgage may have been assigned to the foreclosing bank, but the promissory note was assigned to a different bank. In such cases, the courts generally deem that the mortgage passes with the promissory note despite the assignment into a different bank. The mortgage is deemed an inseparable incident to the note (see MERS, Inc. v. Coakley, 41 AD3d 674, 674 [2d Dept 2007]. Thus, an assignment of a mortgage without the underlying debt is a nullity ( see Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v Barnett, 88 AD3d 636, 637 [2d Dept 2009].
Today, it is common for foreclosing plaintiffs to commence a New York Foreclosure action as trustee which was named in a pooling servicing agreement. These agreements add layers of complexity to the already complex law regarding standing. This is a separate matter that will be discussed in a future post by me. Always consult with an experienced New York foreclosure defense attorney.