2The Law*A veteran obtaining a VA-guaranteed loan must certify that they intend to occupy the property as their primary residence.*The occupancy law applies to all VA loan types except for Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loans (IRRRL)
3Intend to occupy within a reasonable time RequirementLive in the property orIntend to occupy within a reasonable time
4What is a “reasonable time”? Occupancy within 60 days is considered reasonable.**Of course, there are exceptions….
5Exceptions to 60-day guideline A particular future event (i.e. job transfer, military discharge, etc.) that will make it possible for the veteran to occupy the home on a specific date after loan closing.Borrower must provide official documentation to support claim of future event.
6Exception to 60-day guideline Occupancy After RetirementIn the near future?Sometime soon?Only retirement on a specific date within 12 months qualifies!
7Exception to 60-day guideline Extensive property repairs or improvements that will prevent the veteran from occupying the property while work is being completed.The veteran must certify their intention to occupy or reoccupy the property upon completion of repairs/improvements.
8REMEMBER:Occupancy projected more than 12 months after loan closing generally cannot be considered acceptable.
9Who can satisfy occupancy requirements? VeteranSpouse of the veteranAdult child of the veteranRenterBoth A and BA, B, and CAll of the above
10Occupancy by Spouse Spouse may satisfy occupancy if Veteran is on active duty and cannot occupyVeteran cannot occupy due to distant employment
11What if the veteran doesn’t have a spouse to occupy? Only active duty service members deployed from their permanent duty station are considered to be in temporary duty status and able to provide a valid intent to occupy certification with or without a spouse.
12Intermittent Occupancy Due to Employment Acceptable if the following two conditions are met:History of continuous residence in the community andThere is no indication of a principal residence established elsewhere.
13Unusual Circumstances These things happen…Call or your Regional Loan Center regarding unusual occupancy issues.HappYWe’d beto discuss them with you!
14Occupancy Certification Uniform Residential Loan Application;VA Form a, Addendum to the Uniform Residential Loan Application (prior approval loans); andVA Form , Report and Certification of Loan Disbursement (at the time of loan closing).
15VA Lenders Handbook VA Pamphlet 26-7 ReferenceVA Lenders Handbook VA Pamphlet 26-7Chapter 3, section 5
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