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580e.  (a) (1) No deficiency shall be owed or collected, and no
deficiency judgment shall be requested or rendered for any deficiency
upon a note secured solely by a deed of trust or mortgage for a
dwelling of not more than four units, in any case in which the
trustor or mortgagor sells the dwelling for a sale price less than
the remaining amount of the indebtedness outstanding at the time of
sale, in accordance with the written consent of the holder of the
deed of trust or mortgage, provided that both of the following have
occurred:
   (A) Title has been voluntarily transferred to a buyer by grant
deed or by other document of conveyance that has been recorded in the
county where all or part of the real property is located.
   (B) The proceeds of the sale have been tendered to the mortgagee,
beneficiary, or the agent of the mortgagee or beneficiary, in
accordance with the parties' agreement.
   (2) In circumstances not described in paragraph (1), when a note
is not secured solely by a deed of trust or mortgage for a dwelling
of not more than four units, no judgment shall be rendered for any
deficiency upon a note secured by a deed of trust or mortgage for a
dwelling of not more than four units, if the trustor or mortgagor
sells the dwelling for a sale price less than the remaining amount of
the indebtedness outstanding at the time of sale, in accordance with
the written consent of the holder of the deed of trust or mortgage.
Following the sale, in accordance with the holder's written consent,
the voluntary transfer of title to a buyer by grant deed or by other
document of conveyance recorded in the county where all or part of
the real property is located, and the tender to the mortgagee,
beneficiary, or the agent of the mortgagee or beneficiary of the sale
proceeds, as agreed, the rights, remedies, and obligations of any
holder, beneficiary, mortgagee, trustor, mortgagor, obligor, obligee,
or guarantor of the note, deed of trust, or mortgage, and with
respect to any other property that secures the note, shall be treated
and determined as if the dwelling had been sold through foreclosure
under a power of sale contained in the deed of trust or mortgage for
a price equal to the sale proceeds received by the holder, in the
manner contemplated by Section 580d.
   (b) A holder of a note shall not require the trustor, mortgagor,
or maker of the note to pay any additional compensation, aside from
the proceeds of the sale, in exchange for the written consent to the
sale.
   (c) If the trustor or mortgagor commits either fraud with respect
to the sale of, or waste with respect to, the real property that
secures the deed of trust or mortgage, this section shall not limit
the ability of the holder of the deed of trust or mortgage to seek
damages and use existing rights and remedies against the trustor or
mortgagor or any third party for fraud or waste.
   (d) (1) This section shall not apply if the trustor or mortgagor
is a corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, or
political subdivision of the state.
   (2) This section shall not apply to any deed of trust, mortgage,
or other lien given to secure the payment of bonds or other evidence
of indebtedness authorized, or permitted to be issued, by the
Commissioner of Corporations, or that is made by a public utility
subject to the Public Utilities Act (Part 1 (commencing with Section
201) of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code).
   (e) Any purported waiver of subdivision (a) or (b) shall be void
and against public policy.

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