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H.R. 1997 (113th): Communities Achieving Sustainability Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 15, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1997


May 15, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Peters of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


To allow investor participation in the loan rehabilitation program authorized under section 203(k) of the National Housing Act.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Communities Achieving Sustainability Act .


Investor participation in FHA rehabilitation program


Investor participation


In general

The Secretary shall, upon application by a mortgagee and approval of such application by the Secretary, insure and make commitments to insure rehabilitation loans (including advances made during rehabilitation) which are eligible for insurance under section 203(k) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1709) made by financial institutions in order to assist in the rehabilitation of 1- to 4-family structures used primarily for residential purposes.


Eligible mortgagors

Notwithstanding any other provision of law or regulation, such rehabilitation loans insured pursuant to this Act shall involve a mortgagor who is an investor.


Terms and conditions

Such commitments to insure and such insurance shall be made upon such terms and conditions which the Secretary may prescribe pursuant to this Act and which are consistent with the provisions of subsections (b), (c), (e), (i), (j), and (k) of section 203 of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1709 (b), (c), (e), (i), (j), and (k)), except as modified by the provisions of this Act.


Maximum loan commitment

To be eligible for insurance under this Act, a mortgage shall not exceed 90 percent of the appraised value of the 1- to 4-family structure subject to such mortgage.


Calendar year limitation

The Secretary may insure, or enter into a commitment to insure, up to four 1- to 4-family structures for an investor described in subsection (a)(2) during a calendar year.


Mortgage premium

The single premium payment required under section 203(k)(2)(A) of the National Housing Act ( 12 U.S.C. 1709(k)(2)(A) ) shall be increased by 10 basis points for any mortgage insured pursuant to this Act.



In this Act:




In general

The term investor means a person who—


obtains a rehabilitation loan for a structure described in subsection (a)(1) for the purpose of appreciation or production of income with respect to such structure; and


does not intend on occupying such structure.


Person defined

As used in this subparagraph, the term person has the meaning given such term in section 551(2) of title 5, United States Code.


Mortgagee; mortgagor; mortgage

The terms mortgagee, mortgagor, and mortgage have the same meanings as given such terms in section 201 of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1707).


Sunset provision

The provisions of this Act shall terminate on the date that is 2 years following the date of the enactment of this Act and the Secretary shall not approve any application described in section 2(a)(1) submitted after the conclusion of such 2-year period.