Unlike retailers and manufacturers that file for chapter 11 protection, real estate owners and developers must be mindful of the restrictions and special expedited procedures the Bankruptcy Code imposes upon debtors whose estates consist of a single property or project (“Single Asset Real Estate” or “SARE” cases). In those cases, the automatic stay, which typically gives debtors a “breathing spell” from lenders’ collection efforts, terminates ninety (90) days after the bankruptcy filing unless the debtor either files a confirmable plan of reorganization or commences monthly interest payments to its secured lenders. Set forth below is a brief discussion of the relevant statutory provisions and interpreting case law regarding SARE cases.
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