Renegotiating Debt May Have Unintended Consequences

Written by Dennis Fitzpatrick, JD [Commercial Investment Real Estate Magazine]

Article submitted by Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

As markets conditions continue to squeeze both landlords and their tenants, renegotiating loan terms can be an effective strategy for property owners to reduce overhead. But beware — the financial implications aren’t as simple as they sound. Many property owners fail to realize that renegotiated or discharged debt doesn’t just cease to exist. Further, other owners are not aware that they’ll probably need to realize the savings as income. And yes, if you cancel or decrease your debt, you will be liable for taxes on it.

There are three ways property can be surrendered in discharge of debt. Foreclosure is a legally defined procedure for a secured lender to acquire secured property. This is an expensive, time-consuming process for a lender. A deed in lieu is a voluntary transfer of property to the lender in lieu of foreclosure proceedings.

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