67-48.0072. Credit Underwriting and Loan Procedures  


Effective on Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • 1Credit underwriting is a de novo review of all information supplied, received or discovered during or after any competitive solicitation scoring and funding preference process, prior to the closing on funding, including the issuance of IRS Forms 8609 for Housing Credits. The success of an Applicant in being selected for funding is not an indication that the Applicant will receive a positive recommendation from the Credit Underwriter or that the Development team’s experience, past performance or financial capacity is satisfactory. The credit underwriting review shall include a comprehensive analysis of the Applicant, the real estate, the economics of the Development, the ability of the Applicant and the Development team to proceed, the evidence of need for affordable housing in order to determine that the Development meets the program requirements and determine a recommended SAIL, EHCL, or HOME loan amount, Housing Credit allocation amount or a combined SAIL or HOME loan amount and Housing Credit Allocation amount, if any; 159and for any Development that has rehabilitation with or without acquisition, a capital needs assessment (‘CNA’) 175prepared in accordance with generally accepted industry investment grade standards 185shall be ordered 188by the Credit Underwriter, 192and its findings shall be used to determine rehabilitation 201that will be carried out, 206including applicable 208energy, 209green, 210universal design and visitability features, 215and to set replacement reserves. 220Corporation funding will be based on appraisals of comparable developments, cost benefit analysis, and other documents evidencing justification of costs. 240As part of the credit underwriting review, the Credit Underwriter will consider the applicable provisions of rule chapter 67-48, F.A.C.

    260(1) After the Board’s 264decision to select Applicants for funding as a result 273of a competitive solicitation process 278has become final action, 282the Corporation shall offer such Applicants an invitation to enter credit underwriting. The Corporation shall select the Credit Underwriter for each Development. 304For purposes of this section, a decision regarding an Applicant will become final action:

    318(a) If none of the Board’s selections of Applicants for funding are challenged pursuant to section 334120.57(3), F.S.;

    336(b) If some of the Board’s selections of other Applicants for funding are challenged pursuant to section 353120.57(3), F.S., 355but none of the challenges could impact the decision to select the Applicant for funding, or

    371(c) When the Board or Corporation issues a final order as a result of a challenge pursuant to section 390120.57(3), F.S.

    392(2) For SAIL, EHCL, and HOME Applicants, the invitation to enter credit underwriting constitutes a preliminary commitment.

    409(3) A response to the invitation to enter credit underwriting must be received by the Corporation and the Credit Underwriter not later than seven (7) Calendar Days after the date of the invitation. For any invitation to enter credit underwriting that is offered to an Applicant after Board approval of the list of eligible Applications that is sorted from highest funding preference to lowest, where the Applicant’s response is to decline to enter credit underwriting, the result shall be the removal of the Application from the list of eligible Applications for the applicable competitive solicitation and any other funding where that list of eligible Applications will be used.

    517(4) If the invitation to enter credit underwriting is accepted:

    527(a) All Applicants shall submit the credit underwriting fee to the Credit Underwriter within seven (7) Calendar Days of the date of the invitation to enter credit underwriting. In addition:

    5571. Within seven (7) Calendar Days of the date of the invitation, Competitive HC Applicants shall submit the Preliminary Recommendation Letter (PRL) fee to the Credit Underwriter; and,

    5852. If requested by the Corporation, within 14 Calendar Days of the date of the invitation, Competitive HC, SAIL, EHCL, and HOME Applicants shall submit IRS Tax Information Authorization Form 8821 for all Financial Beneficiaries to the Corporation.

    623(b) For Competitive HC, SAIL, EHCL, and HOME Applicants, failure to submit the required credit underwriting fee or the HC PRL fee, as applicable, by the specified deadline shall result in withdrawal of the invitation. For HOME Applicants that apply and qualify as a Non-Profit entity, the Corporation shall bear the cost of the credit underwriting review, environmental review, and legal counsel. However, if the HOME commitment is canceled for failure to adhere to rule deadlines or for reasons within the Applicant’s control, the Development will be responsible for reimbursing the Corporation for fees incurred for credit underwriting, environmental review processing, and legal counsel.

    727(c) For SAIL, 730EHCL, 731and HOME, the 734credit underwriting process must be completed within the time frame outlined in subsection 74767-48.0072(21), 748F.A.C., below and the 752loan must close 755within the time frame outlined in subsection 76267-48.0072(26), 763F.A.C., below765.

    766(5) The Credit Underwriter shall review all information in the Application and subsequently provided during the credit underwriting process, including information relative to the Applicant, Developer, Housing Credit Syndicator, General Contractor, and, if an ALF, the service provider(s), as well as other members of the Development team. The Credit Underwriter shall also request and review such other information as it deems appropriate to determine whether or not to provide a positive recommendation in connection with a proposed Development.

    844(6) 845In determining whether or not to provide a positive recommendation in connection with a proposed Development, the Credit Underwriter will consider the prior and recent performance history of the Applicant, Developer, any Financial Beneficiary of the Applicant or Developer, and the General Contractor in connection with any other affordable housing development. The performance history shall consider instances involving a foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, financial arrearage, or other event of material default in connection with any affordable housing development or the documents governing financing or operation of any such development.

    936(a) Unless the Credit Underwriter determines that mitigating factors exist, or that underwriting conditions can be imposed, sufficient to mitigate or offset the risk, the existence of the following shall result in a negative recommendation of the proposed Development by the Credit Underwriter:

    9791. Considering all affordable housing developments in which any party named above has been involved, if:

    995a. During the period prior to August 1, 2010, 5 percent or more of that party’s developments have been the subject of a foreclosure or deed in lieu of foreclosure, or in financial arrearage or other material default and such arrearage or material default remained uncured for a period of 60 days or more, or

    1050b. During the period beginning on or after August 1, 2010, any of that party’s developments have been the subject of a foreclosure or deed in lieu of foreclosure, or in financial arrearage or other material default and such arrearage or material default is uncured at the present or, if cured, remained uncured for a period of 60 days or more.

    11112. Mitigating factors to be considered by the Credit Underwriter, to the extent such information is reasonably available and verifiable, shall include the extent to which the party funded the operations of the development from that party’s own funds in an attempt to keep the development afloat, the election by a party to forego financial participation in a development in an attempt to keep the development afloat, the party’s satisfactory performance history over the last 10 years in connection with that party’s affordable housing developments, and any other extenuating circumstances deemed relevant by the Credit Underwriter in connection with the party’s involvement in a development.

    1216(b) A negative recommendation may also result from the review of:

    12271. Financial capacity of an Applicant, Developer, any Financial Beneficiary of the Applicant or Developer, the General Contractor, and, for SAIL and HOME Applicants that have Housing Credits, the Housing Credit Syndicator, or

    12602. Any other relevant matters relating to an Applicant, Developer, any Financial Beneficiary of the Applicant or Developer, and the General Contractor if, in the Credit Underwriter’s opinion, one or more members of the Development team do not possess the ability to proceed.

    1303(7) The Credit Underwriter shall report any inconsistencies or discrepancies or changes made to the Applicant’s Application during credit underwriting.

    1323(8) The Applicant will be responsible for all fees in connection with the documentation submitted to the Credit Underwriter.

    1342(9) If the Credit Underwriter determines that special expertise is required to review information submitted to the Credit Underwriter which is beyond the scope of the Credit Underwriter’s expertise, the fee for such services shall be borne by the Applicant.

    1382(10) For Competitive HC, SAIL, and HOME Applicants, an appraisal report conforming to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice in effect at the time of the appraisal and reported in a comprehensive format, and a separate market study shall be ordered by the Credit Underwriter, at the Applicant’s expense, from an appraiser qualified for the geographic area and development type not later than completion of credit underwriting. The Credit Underwriter shall review the appraisal to properly evaluate the development property’s financial feasibility. Appraisals which have been ordered and submitted by third-party credit enhancers, first mortgagors or Housing Credit Syndicators and which meet the above requirements and are acceptable to the Credit Underwriter may be used instead of the appraisal referenced above. The market study must be completed by a disinterested party who is approved by the Credit Underwriter. The Credit Underwriter shall consider the market study, the Development’s financial impact on Developments in the area previously funded by the Corporation, and other documentation when making its recommendation of whether to approve or disapprove a SAIL or HOME loan, a Housing Credit Allocation, or a combined SAIL loan and Housing Credit Allocation or Housing Credit Allocation and HOME loan. The Credit Underwriter shall also review the appraisal and other market documentation to determine if the market exists to support both the demographic and income restriction set-asides committed to within the Application. For the Credit Underwriter to make a favorable recommendation, the submarket of the proposed Development must have:

    1630(a) An average physical occupancy rate of 92 percent or greater; and,

    1642(b) For Developments with new construction units, an average market rental rate, based on unit mix and annualized rent concessions, of 110 percent or greater of a 60 percent of Area Median Income rental rate.

    1677(11) The proposed Development must demonstrate, based on current rates, that it can meet minimum 1.10x debt service coverage (DSC) requirements with all first and second mortgages for Housing Credits. 1707If during the credit underwriting it is determined that there is no need for a first mortgage or any debt service payments then the proposed Development shall demonstrate the ability to achieve breakeven. In the case where an operating deficit reserve (ODR) is approved during credit underwriting, then the ODR can be used as income for purposes of this test. 1767For SAIL and HOME, the minimum debt service coverage shall be 1.10x for the loan, including all superior mortgages. However, if the Applicant defers at least 35 percent of its Developer Fee following the last disbursement of all permanent sources of funding identified in the final credit underwriting report and, in the case of a Housing Credit Development, the final cost certification documentation, and when the primary expected source of repayment has been identified as projected cash flow, the minimum debt service coverage shall be 1.00, for the SAIL or HOME loan, including all superior mortgages. For SAIL, EHCL, and HOME, the maximum debt service coverage shall be 1.50x for the SAIL, EHCL, or HOME loan, including all superior mortgages. In extenuating circumstances, such as when the Development has deep or short term subsidy, the debt service coverage may exceed 1.50x if the Credit Underwriter’s favorable recommendation is supported by the projected cash flow analysis. 1922Developments receiving first mortgage funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) are not required to meet the debt service coverage standards if RD is providing rental assistance and has acknowledged that rents will be set at an amount sufficient to pay all operating expenses, replacement reserve requirements and debt service on the first and second mortgages.

    1982(12) For Competitive HC, SAIL, and HOME, the Corporation’s assigned Credit Underwriter shall require a guaranteed maximum price construction contract, which may include change orders for changes in cost or changes in the scope of work, or both, if all parties agree, and shall order, at the Applicant’s sole expense, and review a pre-construction analysis for all new construction units and a CNA for rehabilitation units and review the Development’s costs. If an EHCL Development has a General Contractor, the preceding requirement will also apply to the EHCL Development.

    2071(13) For Competitive HC, SAIL, and HOME, in addition to operating expenses, the Credit Underwriter must include an estimate for replacement reserves and operating expense reserves deemed appropriate by the Credit Underwriter when calculating the final net operating income available to service the debt. A minimum amount of $300 per unit per annum must be used for all Developments. In the case of rehabilitation, with or without acquisition, the greater of $300 per unit per annum or the amount identified in the CNA will be used.

    2157(a) 2158The initial replacement reserve will have limitations on the ability to be drawn upon during the following time periods:

    21771. New construction or Redevelopment Developments shall not be allowed to draw during the first five (5) years or until the establishment of a minimum balance equal to the accumulation of five (5) years of replacement reserves per unit, or

    22172. Preservation or Rehabilitation Developments (with or without acquisition) shall not be allowed to draw until the start of the scheduled replacement activities as outlined in the pre-construction CNA report subject to the activities completed in the scope of rehabilitation, but not sooner than the 3rd year.

    2264(b) The amount established as a replacement reserve shall be adjusted based on a CNA prepared by an independent third-party, ordered by a first mortgage lender, third-party credit enhancer or a Housing Credit Syndicator, received by the Corporation or its servicers, and acceptable to the Corporation and its servicers at the time the CNA is required, beginning no later than the 10th year after the first residential building in the Development receives a certificate of occupancy, a temporary certificate of occupancy, or is placed in service, whichever is earlier (‘Initial Replacement Reserve Date’). A subsequent CNA, meeting the parameters of this section, is required no later than the 15th year after the Initial Replacement Reserve Date and subsequently every five (5) years thereafter. If the Applicant does not provide a copy of a CNA to the Corporation or its servicers, prepared by an independent third-party and acceptable to the Corporation and its servicers within the stated time frames, then one shall be ordered by the Corporation or its servicers at the Applicant’s expense. The only events allowed to drop the balance below the minimum are items related to life safety, structural and systems as approved by the Corporation and its servicers. In the event the first mortgage lender or a Housing Credit Syndicator requires replacement reserves with replacement reserve deposit requirements that include the same or higher deposits, the Corporation’s rights to hold replacement reserves and to disburse such funds shall be subject to the first mortgage lender or the Housing Credit Syndicator, as applicable. The replacement reserve funds are not to be used by the Applicant for normal maintenance and repairs, but shall be used for structural building repairs, major building systems replacements and other eligible items which can be identified in a competitive solicitation and/or such items that can be capitalized and depreciated over multiple years. 2572An Applicant may choose to fund a portion of the replacement reserves at closing. Unless approved by the Corporation and the Credit Underwriter, the amount cannot exceed 50 percent of the required replacement reserves for two (2) years and must be placed in escrow at closing.

    2618(14) For SAIL, EHCL, HOME, and Competitive HC, the Credit Underwriter may request additional information, but at a minimum for SAIL, EHCL, and HOME, the following will be required during the underwriting process:

    2651(a) For credit enhancers, audited financial statements for their most recent fiscal year ended, if published; otherwise the previous year’s audited statements will be provided until the current statements are published or credit underwriting is complete. The audited statements may be waived if the credit enhancer’s senior long term debt rating is at least “A3” by Moody’s, or “A-” by Standard and Poor’s or Fitch.

    2716(b) For the Applicant, general partner(s), and guarantors, audited financial statements or financial statements compiled or reviewed by a licensed Certified Public Accountant for the most recent fiscal year ended, credit check, banking and trade references, and deposit verifications. If financial statements that are either audited, compiled or reviewed by a licensed Certified Public Accountant are not available, unaudited financial statements prepared within the last 90 days and reviewed by the Credit Underwriter and the two most recent years’ tax returns. If any of the applicable entities are newly formed (less than 18 months in existence as of the date that credit underwriting information is requested), a copy of any and all tax returns with related supporting notes and schedules. The financial statements and information provided for review should be in satisfactory form and shall be reviewed in accordance with the terms and conditions of this rule chapter and any applicable competitive solicitation2869.

    2870(c) For the General Contractor, audited financial statements or financial statements compiled or reviewed by a licensed Certified Public Accountant for the most recent fiscal year ended, credit check, banking and trade references, and deposit verifications. The audited or compiled statements may be waived if a payment and performance bond equal to 100 percent of the total construction cost whose terms do not adversely affect the Corporation’s interest, and is issued in the name of the General Contractor by a company rated at least “A-” by AMBest & Co.

    2959(15) 2960For SAIL and HOME, each general partner (whether individual or entity) or each manager/managing member (whether individual or entity), as applicable, of the Applicant shall provide a guarantee for completion of construction. In addition, one or more entities or individuals (other than a general partner or manager/managing member) having an ownership interest, either directly or indirectly, in the Applicant or in the general partner or managing member of the Applicant shall be required to provide guarantees or personal guarantees, as applicable, for completion of construction as recommended by the Credit Underwriter or as otherwise required by the Corporation. T3059he Corporation shall consider the following when determining the need for additional construction completion guarantees based on the recommendations of the Credit underwriter:

    3082(a) Liquidity of any guarantee provider.

    3088(b) Applicant’s, Developer’s and General Contractor’s history in successfully completing Developments of similar nature.

    3102(c) The past performance of the Applicant, Developer, General Contractor or 3113any other guarantee provider in developing or constructing Developments financed by the Corporation or its predecessor3129.

    3130(d) 3131Percentage 3132of the Corporation’s funds utilized compared to Total Development Costs.

    3142If, after evaluation of paragraphs (a)-(d), 3148above, by the Corporation and the Credit Underwriter, it is determined 3159that additional surety is needed, 3164the Applicant will be required to provide a letter of credit or payment and performance bond3180.

    3181(16) For all Developments, the Developer Fee and General Contractor’s fee shall be limited to:

    3196(a) Unless otherwise provided in a competitive solicitation process, the Developer Fee shall be limited to 16 percent of Development Cost, 3217excluding land and operating deficit reserves, 3223except that, 3225based upon criteria outlined in a competitive solicitation, 3233a Developer Fee of up to 21 percent of Development Cost, excluding land and operating deficit reserves, shall be allowed if the proposed Development is qualified for Competitive Housing Credits with a demographic commitment of Homeless or Persons with Special Needs. When the Developer Fee is limited to 21 percent of the Development Cost, an amount equal to up to 5 percent of Development Cost, inclusive of any amount in excess of 16 percent, must be placed in an operating subsidy reserve account to be held by the Corporation or its servicer. Any disbursements from said operating subsidy reserve account shall be reviewed and approved by the Corporation or its servicer. Upon the expiration of the Compliance Period, any remaining balance in any operating deficit reserve (or similarly purposed) account may be drawn to pay down any outstanding Corporation loan debt, including loan fees, on the Development administered by the Corporation or its servicer. If there is no Corporation loan debt on the Development at the end of the Compliance Period, then any remaining balance in said operating subsidy reserve account shall be placed into either an operating subsidy reserve account or a replacement reserve account for the Development, which will have similar distribution restrictions as stated herein or in paragraph (b), below. In no event shall the remaining balance in said operating subsidy reserve account be paid to the Developer or General Contractor in an amount that would cause the Developer Fee or General Contractor fee to exceed the applicable percentage limitations provided herein and in paragraph (b), below. Amounts withdrawn from the reserve account will not be considered Development Cash Flow. In the event amounts withdrawn are to pay any deferred Development Costs, it can be done prior to the end of the Compliance Period, but no sooner than the end of the 13th year of the Compliance Period and only after the Corporation’s Credit Underwriter confirms that said withdrawal does not negatively impact the Development through the remainder of the Compliance Period. 3568Consulting fees, if any, and any financial or other guarantees required for the financing must be paid out of the Developer Fee. Consulting fees include payments for Application consultants, construction management or supervision, Local Government consultants and property acquisition brokerage fees when in excess of the appropriate limit. The maximum brokerage fees shall be limited to the lesser of $300,000 or the applicable percent of the acquisition price, which shall be set at 4 percent when the acquisition price is $5 million or less, 3 percent when the acquisition price is $10 million or less, and 2 percent when the acquisition price is in excess of $10 million.

    3677To the extent there are any Housing Credits that are not sold to an investor(s) (and at the minimum price referenced in paragraph 370067-48.0072(29)(h), 3701F.A.C.), in excess of 0.01 percent of the Applicant’s Housing Credit Allocation, then it will be assumed those unsold Housing Credits are valued at the same price as those Housing Credits sold to an investor(s) and that total value will be considered to be part of the Developer Fee.

    3750(b) The General Contractor’s fee shall be limited to a maximum of 14 percent of the actual construction cost.

    3769(17) The General Contractor must meet the following conditions:

    3778(a) Employ a Development superintendent and charge the costs of such employment to the general requirements line item of the General Contractor’s budget;

    3801(b) Charge the costs of the Development construction trailer, if needed, and other overhead to the general requirements line item of the General Contractor’s budget inclusive of the general requirement items related to construction costs identified in the final cost certification documentation;

    3843(c) Secure building permits, issued in the name of the General Contractor;

    3855(d) 3856If deemed necessary by the Corporation and the Credit Underwriter in their evaluation of construction completion guarantees in subsection (15), above, 3877secure a payment and performance bond whose terms do not adversely affect the Corporation’s interest, issued in the name of the General Contractor, from a company rated at least “A-” by AMBest & Co., or a Corporation-approved alternate security for the General Contractor’s performance such as a letter of credit 3927issued by a financial institution with a senior long term (or equivalent) credit rating of at least “Baa3” by Moody’s, or at least “BBB-” by Standard & Poor’s or Fitch, or a financial rating of at least 175 by IDC Financial Publishing;

    3969(e) Ensure that none of the General Contractor duties to manage and control the construction of the Development are subcontracted;

    3989(f) Ensure that no construction or inspection work that is normally performed by subcontractors is performed by the General Contractor;

    4009(g) Ensure that not more than 20 percent of the construction cost, not to include the General Contractor fee or pass-through fees paid by the General Contractor, is subcontracted to any one entity or any group of entities that have common ownership or are Affiliates of any other subcontractor, with the exception of a subcontractor 4064(or any group of entities that have common ownership or are Affiliates of any other subcontractor) 4080contracted to deliver the building shell of a building of at least five (5) stories which may not have more than 31 percent of the construction cost in a subcontract, unless otherwise approved by the Corporation for a specific Development. 4120A subcontractor (or any group of entities that have common ownership or are Affiliates of any other subcontractor) contracted to deliver the building shell of a Development located in the Florida Keys Area may not have more than 31 percent of the construction cost in a subcontract, unless otherwise approved by the Corporation for a specific Development. 4177With regard to said approval, the Corporation shall consider the facts and circumstances of each Applicant’s request, inclusive of construction costs and the General Contractor’s fees. 4203For purposes of this paragraph, “Affiliate” has the meaning given in subsection 421567-48.002(5), 4216F.A.C., except that the term “Applicant” therein shall mean “subcontractor”; 4226and,

    4227(h) Ensure that no construction cost is subcontracted to any entity that has common ownership or is an Affiliate of the General Contractor or the Developer4253. 4254For purposes of this paragraph, “Affiliate” has the meaning given it in subsection 426767-48.002(5), 4268F.A.C., except that the term “Applicant” therein shall mean “General Contractor.”

    4279(18) For SAIL and HOME, the Credit Underwriter shall require an operating deficit guarantee. 4293Upon written request of the guarantor(s) to the Corporation or its agent, the operating deficit guarantee will 4310be released upon achievement of a 1.15x debt service coverage ratio for the combined permanent first mortgage and SAIL or HOME loan, as determined by the Corporation or its agent, and 90 percent occupancy, and 90 percent of the gross potential rental income, net of utility allowances, if applicable, all for a period equal to 12 consecutive months, all as certified by an independent Certified Public Accountant. The calculation of the debt service coverage ratio shall be made by the Corporation or its agent. 4394The Credit Underwriter or servicer will determine whether all of the requirements described above have been met, including receipt, acceptance and verification of the documentation provided by the Certified Public Accountant, and will then submit a letter to the Corporation containing a positive or negative recommendation concerning the release of the operating deficit guarantee. If the Corporation’s decision is to deny the release of the operating deficit guarantee, the Board shall consider the facts and circumstances of the Applicant’s request and the Corporation’s denial, and make a determination of whether to grant the requested release. 4489Notwithstanding the above, the operating deficit guarantee shall not be released earlier than three (3) years following the issuance of a final certificate of occupancy or, in the event a final certificate of occupancy is not routinely provided by the applicable jurisdiction, such other information evidencing completion of the Development which is deemed acceptable to the Corporation. An operating deficit guarantee, to be released upon achievement of 1.00x debt service coverage for a minimum of six (6) consecutive months for the combined permanent first mortgage and SAIL or HOME loan will be required for Developments receiving first mortgage funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) if RD is providing rental assistance and has acknowledged that rents will be set at an amount sufficient to pay all operating expenses, replacement reserve requirements and debt service on the SAIL or HOME loan and all superior mortgages.

    4637(19) Contingency reserves which total no more than 5 percent of total actual construction costs (hard costs) and total general development costs (soft costs) for Redevelopment and Developments where 50 percent or more of the units are new construction may be included within the Total Development Cost for Application and underwriting purposes. Contingency reserves which total no more than 15 percent of total actual construction costs (hard costs) and no more than 5 percent of total general development costs (soft costs) for Rehabilitation, Moderate Rehabilitation, Substantial Rehabilitation, and Preservation may be included within the Total Development Cost for Application and underwriting purposes; however, in the event financing is obtained through a federal government rehabilitation program, a contingency reserve up to 20 percent may be utilized if required by the program. Contingency reserves shall not be paid from SAIL or HOME funds.

    4778(20) The Credit Underwriter will review and determine if the number of loans and construction commitments of the Applicant and its Principals will impede its ability to proceed with the successful development of each proposed Corporation-funded Development.

    4815(21) Information required by the Credit Underwriter shall be provided as follows:

    4827(a) For SAIL, EHCL, and HOME 4833Developments, the Corporation shall issue a firm loan commitment after approval of the Credit Underwriter’s recommendation for funding by the Board.

    4854(b) For SAIL, EHCL, and HOME, unless stated otherwise in a competitive solicitation, 4867the 4868firm loan commitment must be issued 4874within twelve (12) months of the Applicant’s acceptance to enter credit underwriting. 4886Unless an extension is approved by the Corporation in writing, failure to 4898achieve issuance of a firm loan commitment 4905by the specified deadline shall result in withdrawal of the preliminary commitment. 4917Applicants may request one (1) extension of up to six (6) months to secure a firm loan commitment. All extension requests must be submitted in writing to the program administrator and contain the specific reasons for requesting the extension and shall detail the time frame to achieve a firm loan commitment. 4968In determining whether to grant an extension, the Corporation shall consider the facts and circumstances of the Applicant’s request, inclusive of the responsiveness of the Development team and its ability to deliver the Development timely. 5003The Corporation shall charge a non-refundable extension fee of one (1) percent of each loan amount if the request to extend the credit underwriting and firm loan commitment process beyond the initial 5035twelve (12) 5037month deadline is approved. If an approved extension is utilized, Applicants must pay the extension fee not later than seven (7) Calendar Days after the original twelve (12) month deadline. 5067If, by the end of the extension period, the Applicant has not received a firm loan commitment, then the preliminary commitment shall be withdrawn.

    5091(c) For Competitive HC Developments, regardless of whether the HC is in conjunction with SAIL or HOME, all preliminary 5110items required for the Credit Underwriter’s preliminary HC allocation recommendation must be provided to the Credit Underwriter within 21 Calendar Days of the date of the invitation to enter credit underwriting. Unless an extension is approved by the Corporation in writing, failure to submit the required credit underwriting information by the specified deadline shall result in withdrawal of the invitation to enter credit underwriting. In determining whether to grant an extension, the Corporation shall consider the facts and circumstances of the Applicant’s request, inclusive of the responsiveness of the Development team and its ability to deliver the Development timely. If the Corporation’s decision is to deny the Applicant’s request for an extension, then prior to the withdrawal of the invitation, t5231he Board shall consider the facts and circumstances of the Applicant’s request, the Corporation’s denial, and any credit underwriting report, if available, and make a determination of whether to grant the requested extension.

    5264(22) If the Credit Underwriter requires additional clarifying materials in the course of the underwriting process, the Credit Underwriter shall request same from the Applicant and shall specify deadlines for the submission of same. Failure to submit required information by the specified deadline, unless a written extension of time has been approved by the Corporation, shall result in withdrawal of the preliminary commitment or the invitation to enter credit underwriting, or both, as applicable. In determining whether to grant an extension, the Corporation shall consider the facts and circumstances of the Applicant’s request, inclusive of the responsiveness of the Development team and its ability to deliver the Development timely. If the Corporation’s decision is to deny the Applicant’s request for an extension, then prior to the withdrawal of the preliminary commitment or the invitation to enter credit underwriting, or both, as applicable, t5407he Board shall consider the facts and circumstances of the Applicant’s request, the Corporation’s denial, and any credit underwriting report, if available, and make a determination of whether to grant the requested extension5440.

    5441(23) The Credit Underwriter shall complete its analysis and submit a written draft report and recommendation to the Corporation. Upon receipt, the Corporation shall provide to the Applicant the section of the written draft report consisting of supporting information and schedules. The Applicant shall review and provide written comments to the Corporation and Credit Underwriter within 48 hours of receipt. After the 48 hour period, the Corporation shall provide to the Credit Underwriter comments on the draft report and, as applicable, on the Applicant’s comments. Then, the Credit Underwriter shall review and incorporate, if deemed appropriate, the Corporation’s and Applicant’s comments and release the revised report to the Corporation and the Applicant. Any additional comments from the Applicant shall be received by the Corporation and the Credit Underwriter within 72 hours of receipt of the revised report. Then, the Credit Underwriter will provide a final report, which will address comments made by the Applicant, to the Corporation.

    5598(24) For SAIL, EHCL, and HOME, the Credit Underwriter’s loan recommendations will be sent to the Board for approval.

    5617(25) For SAIL, EHCL, and HOME, the Corporation shall issue a firm loan commitment within seven (7) Calendar Days after approval of the Credit Underwriter’s recommendation for funding by the Board.

    5648(26) For SAIL, EHCL, and HOME, unless stated otherwise in a competitive solicitation, 5661these Corporation loans and other mortgage loans related to the Development must close within 120 Calendar Days of the date of the firm loan commitment(s), unless the Development is a Tax-Exempt Bond-Financed Development which then the closing must occur within 180 Calendar Days 5704of the firm loan commitment(s). Unless an extension is approved by the Board, failure to close the loan(s) by the specified deadline outlined above shall result in the firm loan commitment(s) being deemed void and the funds shall be de-obligated. Applicants may request one (1) extension of the loan closing deadline outlined above for a 5759term of up to 90 Calendar Days. All extension requests must be submitted in writing to the program administrator and contain the specific reasons for requesting an extension and shall detail the time frame to close the loan. 5797The Board shall consider the facts and circumstances of each Applicant’s request, inclusive of the Applicant’s ability to close within the extension term and any credit underwriting report, prior to determining whether to grant the requested extension. 5834The Corporation shall charge an extension fee of one (1) percent of 5846each Corporation 5848loan amount if the Board approves the request to extend the 5859loan closing deadline 5862beyond the 5864applicable 120 Calendar Day or 180 Calendar Day 5872period outlined above. If an approved extension is utilized, Applicants must pay the extension fee not later than seven (7) Calendar Days after the original loan closing deadline. 5900In the event the Corporation loan(s) does not close by the end of the extension period, the firm loan commitment(s) shall be deemed void and the funds shall be de-obligated.

    5930(27) 5931Prior to any loan closing:

    5936(a) The Applicant must provide evidence of all necessary consents or required signatures from first mortgagees or subordinate mortgagees to the Corporation and its counsel; and,

    5962(b) The Credit Underwriter must have received all items necessary to release its letter confirming that all closing contingencies have been met, including the finalized sources and uses of funds and Draw schedule.

    5995(28) For Competitive Housing Credits, the Credit Underwriter shall use the following procedures during the credit underwriting evaluation:

    6013(a) The Credit Underwriter, in determining the amount of Housing Credits a Development is eligible for when using the qualified basis calculation, shall use a Housing Credit percentage of:

    60421. 6043Unless otherwise stated in a competitive solicitation, twenty (20) 6052basis points over the percentage as of the date of invitation to enter credit underwriting 6067when the actual percentage exceeds the minimum of 9 percent 6077for 9 percent credits for new construction and Rehabilitation Developments 6087unless the Applicant has previously locked-in the percentage at a different rate, in which case the Credit Underwriter shall use the locked-in Housing Credit percentage,

    61122. Fifteen (15) basis points over the percentage as of the date of invitation to enter credit underwriting up to 4 percent for 4 percent credits for acquisition and federally subsidized Developments, 6144unless the Applicant has previously locked-in the percentage at a different rate, in which case the Credit Underwriter shall use the locked-in Housing Credit percentage6169.

    6170(b) Costs such as syndication fees cannot be included in eligible basis. All consulting fees and any financial or other guarantees required for the financing must be paid out of the Developer Fee. Consulting fees cannot cause the Developer Fee to exceed the maximum allowable fee as set forth in subsection 622167-48.0072(16), 6222F.A.C.

    6223(c) All contracts for hard or soft Development Costs must be itemized for each cost component.

    6239(d) The allocation amount for acquisition Housing Credits shall be limited to the lesser of the sale price or the appraised value of the building(s).

    6264(e) If the Credit Underwriter is to recommend a Competitive Housing Credit Allocation, the recommendation will be the lesser of:

    62841. The qualified basis calculation result,

    62902. The gap calculation result, or

    62963. The Housing Credit award considered in the Application.

    6305During the credit underwriting process and as a part of the final cost certification process, the Development will be subjected to the Total Development Cost per unit limitation test as outlined in a competitive solicitation.

    6340(f) 6341As part of the process the Corporation uses to determine financial feasibility as set forth in Section 42(m)(2) of the IRC, the Corporation shall utilize the greater of:

    63691. The actual percentage of the Applicant’s Housing Credit Allocation being sold to the Housing Credit Syndicator/direct investor(s), or

    63882. 99.99 percent of the Applicant’s Housing Credit Allocation.

    6397The actual percentage of the Applicant’s Housing Credit Allocation being sold must be equal to or less than the percentage of ownership interest held by the limited partner (inclusive of any special limited partner) or member. In addition, the price of the Housing Credits being sold must reflect a market rate value at a minimum or one will be utilized when determining a recommendation for the amount of the Housing Credit Allocation using the gap calculation.

    6473(g) When utilizing the gap calculation in determining a recommendation for the amount of the Housing Credit Allocation as part of the process the Corporation uses to determine financial feasibility as set forth in Section 42(m)(2) of the IRC, the Credit Underwriter 6515shall assume a first mortgage loan amount from a non-governmental agency (i.e., a traditional first mortgage lender) to be the greater of:

    65371. The actual amount committed to the Development, or

    65462. The amount of the proposed Development’s minimum qualifying first mortgage as determined herein. The Development’s minimum qualifying first mortgage shall be the lesser of a. or b. as follows:

    6576a. An amount that yields a debt service coverage ratio of 1.25x based on the pro forma for the proposed Development’s 15th year given an annual rate of increase for revenues of the lesser of 2 percent or the annual rate of increase utilized in credit underwriting, along with an annual rate of increase for operating expenses of the greater of 3 percent or the annual rate of increase utilized in credit underwriting, or

    6650b. The greater of either:

    6655(I) An amount that yields a debt service coverage ratio of 1.50x, or

    6668(II) An amount that yields a net cash flow after debt service of $1,000 per unit.

    6685Both sub-sub-subparagraphs (I) and (II), above, are based on the pro forma for the proposed Development’s initial year as presented in the final credit underwriting report.

    6711With regard to subparagraph 2., above, unless otherwise stated in a competitive solicitation, the first mortgage shall be sized based on an interest rate equal to the actual interest rate of the actual first mortgage of the proposed Development, but no less than an interest rate floor of the greater of 7.0 percent or 325 basis points over the 10-year Treasury Rate as of the submission deadline for the applicable competitive solicitation and an interest rate ceiling of no greater than 100 basis points over said interest rate floor. The first mortgage shall be sized based on an amortization term equal to the greater of the actual amortization term of the actual first mortgage of the proposed Development or 30 years. The vacancy and collection factor for this calculation shall be the vacancy and collection factor in the credit underwriting report, but no less than 7 percent. If the resulting calculated minimum qualifying first mortgage is less than $500,000, then the Development shall assume to have no minimum qualified first mortgage. 6883This determination applies to any Development that did not qualify as a Homeless or Persons with Special Needs Demographic Development, which said Homeless or Persons with Special Needs Demographic Developments would only use its actual committed debt.

    6920(h) When any Housing Credit Allocation is syndicated or sold directly to an investor, the Corporation will require that the net proceeds received on the sale of the Housing Credits be reflective of market rate pricing as depicted by the price per dollar of Housing Credit Allocation available to the Development. All Competitive Housing Credits not retained by the Applicant (up to an assumed maximum of 0.01 percent of the Housing Credit Allocation) must be sold directly or indirectly to an investor at market rate pricing. The amount of equity capital contributed by investors to an Applicant shall not be less than the amount generally contributed by investors to similar Developments as determined by using sales of comparable Housing Credit Developments and the Corporation’s evaluation of market trends. As part of the final cost certification process set forth in subsection 706067-48.023(5), 7061F.A.C., the Applicant shall have documentation provided to the Corporation by the Housing Credit Syndicator (for Housing Credits that are syndicated) or by the Applicant (for any Housing Credits that are not syndicated) that details, for each Housing Credit investor (providing the name of the actual investor is optional), the following information:

    71131. The net dollar amount of funding provided to the Housing Credit Syndicator or the Applicant, as applicable, that will be passed along to the Applicant as Housing Credit equity; and,

    71442. The annual dollar amount of Housing Credit Allocation sold to each investor in exchange for the funding provided.

    7163The Corporation will base all calculations of the minimum net syndication/investor proceeds available to the Development on the assumption that a minimum of 99.99 percent of the Housing Credit Allocation is being sold to raise equity capital. The Corporation will use the greater of:

    7207a. The actual equity capital contributed to the Development, or

    7217b. The required minimum equity capital contributed to the Development based on the criteria provided herein.

    7233(29) If the Credit Underwriter recommends that Housing Credits be allocated to the Development, the Corporation shall determine the credit amount, if any, necessary to make the Development financially feasible and viable throughout the Housing Credit Extended Use Period and shall issue a Preliminary Allocation certificate. If the Credit Underwriter recommends that no credits be allocated to the Development and the Executive Director accepts the recommendation, the Applicant shall be notified that no Housing Credits will be allocated to the Development. All contingencies required in the Preliminary Allocation shall be met or satisfied by the Applicant within 45 Calendar Days from the date of issuance or as otherwise indicated on the certificate.

    7345(30) For Competitive HC, the credit underwriting report must be finalized no later than the deadline provided in the Carryover Allocation Agreement, unless extended as provided in the Carryover Allocation Agreement, or the Housing Credits will be deemed to be returned to the Corporation.

    7389Rulemaking Authority 7391420.507, 7392420.508 FS. 7394Law Implemented 7396420.5087, 7397420.5089, 7398420.5099 FS. 7400History–New 2-7-05, Amended 1-29-06, 4-1-07, 3-30-08, 8-6-09, 11-22-11, 10-9-13, 10-8-14, 9-15-16, 5-24-17, 7-8-18, 7-11-19.