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Title 7Subtitle BChapter XXXVPart 3565 → Subpart E


Title 7: Agriculture
PART 3565—GUARANTEED RURAL RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAM


Subpart E—Loan Requirements


Contents
§3565.201   General.
§3565.202   Tenant eligibility.
§3565.203   Restrictions on rents.
§3565.204   Maximum loan amount.
§3565.205   Eligible uses of loan proceeds.
§3565.206   Ineligible uses of loan proceeds.
§3565.207   Form of lien.
§3565.208   Maximum loan term.
§3565.209   Loan amortization.
§3565.210   Maximum interest rate.
§3565.211   Interest credit.
§3565.212   Multiple guaranteed loans.
§3565.213   Geographic distribution.
§3565.214   [Reserved]
§3565.215   Special conditions.
§§3565.216-3565.249   [Reserved]
§3565.250   OMB control number.

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§3565.201   General.

To be eligible for a guarantee, a loan must comply with the provisions of this subpart and be originated by an approved lender.

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§3565.202   Tenant eligibility.

(a) Limits on income of tenants. The housing units subject to a guaranteed loan must be available for occupancy only by low or moderate-income families or individuals whose incomes at the time of initial occupancy do not exceed 115 percent of the area median income. After initial occupancy, a tenant's income may exceed these limits.

(b) Citizenship status. A tenant must be a United States citizen or a noncitizen who is a qualified alien as defined in §3565.3.

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§3565.203   Restrictions on rents.

The rent for any individual housing unit, including any tenant-paid utilities, must not exceed an amount equal to 30 percent of 115 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size. In addition, on an annual basis, the average rent for a project, taking into account all individual unit rents, must not exceed 30 percent of 100 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size.

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§3565.204   Maximum loan amount.

(a) Section 207(c) limits and exceptions. For that part of the property that is attributable to dwelling use, the principal obligation of each guaranteed loan must not exceed the applicable maximum per-unit limitations under section 207(c) of the National Housing Act.

(b) Loan-to-value limits. (1) In the case of a borrower that is a nonprofit organization or an agency or body of any State, local or tribal government, each guaranteed loan must involve a principal obligation that does not exceed the lesser of 97 percent of:

(i) The development costs of the housing and related facilities, or

(ii) The lender's determination of value not to exceed the appraised value of the housing and facilities.

(2) In the case of a borrower that is a for-profit entity or other entity not referred to in paragraph (b)(1) of this section, each guaranteed loan must involve a principal obligation that does not exceed the lesser of 90 percent of:

(i) The development costs of the housing and related facilities, or

(ii) The lender's determination of value not to exceed the appraised value of the housing and facilities.

(3) To protect the interest of the Agency or to further the objectives of the program, the Agency may establish lower loan-to-value limits or further restrict the statutory maximum limits based upon its evaluation of the credit quality of the loan.

(c) Necessary assistance review. (1) A lender requesting a loan guarantee must review all loans to determine the appropriate amount of assistance necessary to complete and maintain the project. The lender shall recommend to the Agency an adjustment in the loan amount if appropriate as a result of this review.

(2) Where the project financing combines a guaranteed loan with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits or other Federal assistance, the project must conform to the policies regarding necessary assistance in 7 CFR 3560.63 (d) or successor provision.

[63 FR 39458, July 22, 1998, as amended at 69 FR 69176, Nov. 26, 2004]

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§3565.205   Eligible uses of loan proceeds.

Eligible uses of loan proceeds must conform with standards and conditions for housing and facilities contained in 7 CFR part 1924, subpart A or successor provision, except that the Agency, at its sole discretion, may approve, in advance, a higher level of amenities, construction, and fees for projects proposed for a guaranteed loan provided the costs and features are reasonable and customary for similar housing in the market area.

(a) Use of loan proceeds. The proceeds of a guaranteed loan may be used for the following purposes relating to the project.

(1) New construction costs of the project;

(2) Moderate or substantial rehabilitation of buildings and acquisition costs when related to the rehabilitation of a building as described in paragraph (b) of this section;

(3) Acquisition of existing buildings, when approved by the Agency, for projects that serve a special housing need;

(4) Acquisition and improvement of land on which housing will be located;

(5) Development of on-site and off-site improvements essential to the use of the property;

(6) Development of related facilities such as community space, recreation, storage or maintenance structures, except that any high cost recreational facility, such as swimming pools and exercise clubs or similar facilities, must be specifically approved in advance by the Agency;

(7) Construction of on-site management or maintenance offices and living quarters for operating personnel for the property being financed;

(8) Purchase and installation of appliances and certain approved decorating items, such as window blinds, shades, or wallpaper;

(9) Development of the surrounding grounds, including parking, signs, landscaping and fencing;

(10) Costs associated with commercial space provided that:

(i) The project is designed primarily for residential use;

(ii) The commercial use consists of essential tenant service type facilities, such as laundry rooms, that are not otherwise conveniently available;

(iii) The commercial space does not exceed 10 percent of the gross floor area of the residential units and common areas, unless a higher level is specifically approved in writing by the Agency; and

(iv) The commercial activity is compatible with the use of the project and that the income is not more than 10 percent of the total annual operating income of the project.

(11) Costs for feasibility determination, loan application fees, appraisals, environmental documentation, professional fees or other fees determined by the Agency to be necessary to the development of the project;

(12) Technical assistance to and by non-profit entities to assist in the formation, development, and packaging of a project, or formation or incorporation of a borrower entity;

(13) Education programs for a board of directors, both before and after incorporation of a cooperative that will serve as the borrower;

(14) Construction interest accrued on the construction loan;

(15) Relocation assistance in the case of rehabilitation projects;

(16) Developers' fees; and

(17) Repaying applicant debts in the following cases:

(i) When the Agency authorizes in writing in advance the use of loan funds to pay debts for work, materials, land purchase, or other fees and charges before the loan is closed; or

(ii) When the Agency concurs in writing with a determination by the lender that costs for work, fees and charges incurred prior to loan application are integral to development of the guarantee application and project.

(b) Rehabilitation requirements. Rehabilitation work must be classified as either moderate or substantial as defined in exhibit K of 7 CFR part 1924, subpart A or a successor document. In all cases, the building or project must be structurally sound, and improvements must be necessary to meet the requirements of decent, safe, and sanitary living units. Applications must include a structural analysis, along with plans and specifications describing the type and amount of planned rehabilitation. The project as rehabilitated must meet the applicable development standards contained in 7 CFR part 1924, subpart A, as well as any applicable historic preservation and environmental review requirements in accordance with 7 CFR part 1970.

[63 FR 39458, July 22, 1998, as amended at 81 FR 11050, Mar. 2, 2016]

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§3565.206   Ineligible uses of loan proceeds.

Loan proceeds must not be used for the following:

(a) Specialized equipment for training and therapy;

(b) Housing in military impact areas;

(c) Housing that serves primarily temporary and transient residents;

(d) Nursing homes, special care facilities and institutional type homes that require licensing as a medical care facility;

(e) Operating capital for central dining facilities or for any items not affixed to the real estate, such as special portable equipment, furnishings, kitchen ware, dining ware, eating utensils, movable tables and chairs, etc.;

(f) Payment of fees, salaries and commissions or compensation to borrowers (except developers' fees); or

(g) Refinancing of an outstanding debt, except in the case of an existing guaranteed loan where the Agency determines that the refinancing is in the government's interest or furthers the objectives of the program. The term and amount of any loan for refinancing must not exceed the maximum loan amount or term limits.

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§3565.207   Form of lien.

The loan originated by the lender for a guarantee must be secured by a first lien against the property.

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§3565.208   Maximum loan term.

(a) Statutory term limit. The lender may set the term of the loan, but in no instance may the term of a guaranteed loan exceed the lesser of 40 years or the remaining economic life of the project.

(b) Prepayment of loans. A guaranteed loan may be prepaid in whole or in part at the determination of the lender, and upon the lender's written notice to the Agency at least 30 days prior to the expected date of prepayment. The Agency will not pay any lockout or prepayment penalty assessed by the lender. The lender must certify the following in the notice of prepayment:

(1) The lease documents used by the borrower or its agent prohibit the abrogation of tenant leases in the event of prepayment; and

(2) The borrower has notified tenants of the request to prepay the loan, including notice of the prohibition against abrogation of the lease and the policy and procedure for handling complaints regarding compliance with the long-term use restriction as contained in subpart H of this part.

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§3565.209   Loan amortization.

Each guaranteed loan shall be made for a period of not less than 25 nor greater than 40 years from the date the loan was made and may provide for amortization of the loan over a period of not to exceed 40 years with a final payment of the balance due at the end of the loan term.

[67 FR 16970, Apr. 9, 2002]

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§3565.210   Maximum interest rate.

The interest rate for a guaranteed loan must not exceed the maximum allowable rate specified by the Agency. This interest rate must be fixed over the term of the loan.

[84 FR 55036, Oct. 15, 2019]

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§3565.211   Interest credit.

(a) Limitation. For at least 20 percent of the loans made during each fiscal year, the Agency will provide assistance in the form of interest credit, to the extent necessary to reduce the agreed-upon rate of interest to the AFR as such term is used in section 42(I)(2)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. 7805, §1.42-1T.

(b) Selection criteria. The Agency will select projects to receive interest credits using any of such criteria as the Agency may establish for priority projects as contained in subpart A of this part.

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§3565.212   Multiple guaranteed loans.

The Agency may guarantee more than one loan on any project if all guaranteed loans, in the aggregate, comply with these regulations, including without limitation:

(a) In the aggregate, loans do not exceed the maximum guaranteed loan amount and loan-to-value limits, as contained in §3565.204;

(b) In the aggregate, loans are all to be secured equally by a first lien as the Agency may, at its sole discretion, determine necessary to ensure repayment of the loans; and

(c) If different lenders originate the loans, each lender has executed an intercreditor agreement in form and substance acceptable to the Agency.

[63 FR 39458, July 22, 1998, as amended at 70 FR 2931, Jan. 19, 2005]

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§3565.213   Geographic distribution.

The Agency may refuse to guarantee a loan in an area where there is undue risk due to a concentration in the market of properties subject to a Agency guaranteed loan. The Agency will consider the credit quality of the loan and overall market conditions in making a determination of undue risk. If any of the Agency guaranteed loans in the market are experiencing vacancy rates in excess of 15% and the vacancy is due to market conditions, the Agency will invoke this provision and not guarantee the loan.

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§3565.214   [Reserved]

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§3565.215   Special conditions.

(a) Use of third party funds. As a condition of receiving a guaranteed loan, the Agency, or the lender if designated by the Agency, must review the terms and conditions of any secondary financing or funding of projects, including loans, capital grants or rental assistance.

(b) Recourse. If required by the lender, loans guaranteed under this program may be made on a recourse or nonrecourse basis, or with any personal or special borrower guarantees on collateralization.

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§§3565.216-3565.249   [Reserved]

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§3565.250   OMB control number.

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no party is required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0575-0174.

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