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§5385.  Satisfaction of mortgage; production of promissory note or release for cancellation; liability

A.  When the obligation secured by a mortgage has been fully satisfied, the mortgagee, the servicing agent, or any holder of the note shall, within thirty days of receipt of written demand by the person providing full satisfaction, produce the satisfied promissory note or an instrument of release in a form sufficient to bring about the cancellation of the inscription of the recorded mortgage to the person providing full satisfaction.  However, if the note is held by a federal agency or instrumentality, or a federally sponsored or supported lender, or any nonoriginating secondary mortgage market lender domiciled outside the state of Louisiana, the holder of the note shall, within sixty days after receipt of notice of the satisfaction from the servicing agent, produce the satisfied promissory note or an instrument of release to the servicing agent.

B.  If the mortgagee, the servicing agent, or any holder of the note fails to produce the satisfied promissory note or an instrument of release in a form sufficient to bring about cancellation of the mortgage within thirty days after receipt of written demand by the person providing full payment of the balance of the note, the mortgagee and the servicing agent or the mortgagee and any holder of the note shall be liable in solido to the person providing full satisfaction for all damages and costs resulting therefrom, including reasonable attorney fees.  However, if the note is held by a federal agency or instrumentality, or a federally sponsored or supported lender, or any nonoriginating secondary mortgage market lender domiciled outside the state of Louisiana, the servicing agency shall, within thirty days of receipt of the satisfied promissory note or an instrument of release from the holder of the note, produce the note or instrument to the person providing full satisfaction.

C.  For purposes of this Section, "person" shall include the mortgagor acting in his own behalf, or a notary public or any person, firm, or corporation acting in place of or on behalf of the mortgagor.

Acts 1986, No. 974, §1; Acts 1987, No. 705, §1; Acts 1992, No. 647, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1087, §3.