Assumption of Auto Lease in Chapter 7 Requires No Court Approval Says the 9th Circuit: In re Bobka

By Matthew D. Resnik, Resnik Hayes Moradi, LLP (Encino, CA)

In Bobka v. Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (In re Bobka), 968 F.3d 946 (9th Cir. August, 2020), the chapter 7 debtor wanted to retain her leased Toyota. Toyota sent her an "assumption agreement" which she signed and returned to Toyota the day before she received her discharge. By then she was behind on the payments. The debtor later decided to return the Toyota who immediately began "collection efforts" to collect "the overdue balance." The . . .

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