Feds Looking at Easing Up on Condominium Developers

In response to changing conditions in the condominium market, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) this past week proposed new regulations governing the approval process for condominium developments.

FHA is seeking to widen the range of thresholds required for FHA approval including the minimum owner-occupants in approved condo developments and limits on commercial/non-residential space. Ultimately, FHA will have the ability to specify new owner-occupancy, commercial/non-residential, and single-unit thresholds.

FHA currently requires that approved condominium developments have a minimum of 50% of the units occupied by owners. While having too few owner-occupants can detract from the viability of a project, requiring too many can harm its marketability, the agency said.