2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:3851.1 - Limitation of seizure of homestead
§3851.1. Limitation of seizure of homestead
A. Except as otherwise provided in Subsection C of this Section, a judgment creditor shall not cause the seizure or sale of the homestead of the judgment debtor in the execution of a judgment for consumer credit card charges. For purposes of this Section, a judgment for consumer credit card charges is a judgment for the payment of money consisting solely of amounts due from a consumer for unsecured consumer loans incurred through the use of a lender credit card or seller credit card, as those terms are defined in R.S. 9:3516, and related interest, fees, charges, attorney fees, and court costs.
B. The provisions of this Section shall not preclude the filing of a judgment for credit card charges with the recorder of mortgages nor affect the validity or ranking of a judicial mortgage upon the judgment debtor's homestead arising from such filing. Though the judicial mortgage arising from the filing of a judgment for credit card charges may not be enforced by the seizure and sale of the judgment debtor's homestead, the judgment creditor shall nonetheless have the right to be paid, according to the ranking of his judicial mortgage, from any proceeds resulting from the sale of the homestead through other means or initiated by other creditors.
C.(1) The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a creditor who holds a conventional mortgage upon the debtor's homestead.
(2) The provisions of this Section shall not apply if the debtor has executed a valid waiver of the homestead exemption which waiver shall be in authentic form.
D. A judgment debtor may bring an action to annul a sheriff's sale conducted in violation of this Section only if the judgment creditor is the purchaser at the sale and is still in possession of the property. A violation of this Section may not be asserted against a third party who purchases the homestead at the sheriff's sale or who purchases the homestead from the judgment creditor at any time after the sheriff's sale.
E.(1) An action to annul a sheriff's sale shall prescribe one year from the date of the sheriff's sale deed.
(2) An action for damages arising from a violation of this Section shall prescribe one year from the date of service of notice of seizure of the homestead upon the judgment debtor.
Acts 2009, No. 201, §1, eff. June 30, 2009.