DEFINITION of 'Deficiency Judgment'

A judgment made by a court against a debtor indicating that the sale on a foreclosed piece of property did not cover the outstanding mortgage in full. It is a lien placed on the debtor for further money. A deficiency judgment is not considered by the court unless the lender makes a motion for it to be granted. If the lender does not make the motion, then the court considers the money gained from the foreclosed property to be sufficient.

BREAKING DOWN 'Deficiency Judgment'

A debtor who receives a deficiency judgment may seek exemption from the lender or other creditors, file a motion to have the judgment overturned or, if necessary, declare bankruptcy. Before making any decisions pertaining to a deficiancy judgment, defendants would be best advised to contact an attorney.

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