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HUD 4000.1 On Appraisals: Sewage Systems

089In a recent blog post, we examined what FHA loan rules in HUD 4000.1 say about water utility systems. Borrowers and sellers alike should know the FHA stance on public utilities–especially where it comes to water hookup:

“The Mortgagee must confirm that a connection is made to a public or Community Water System whenever feasible and available at a reasonable cost. If connection costs to the public or community system are not reasonable, the existing onsite systems are acceptable, provided they are functioning properly and meet the requirements of the local health department.”

That’s part of the entry in HUD 4000.1 about water utility systems, but there is also a separate entry for sewage. This entry begins by basically restating the above for clarity:

“The Mortgagee must confirm that a connection is made to a public or community sewage disposal system whenever feasible and available at a reasonable cost. If connection costs to the public or community system are not reasonable, the existing Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems are acceptable provided they are functioning properly and meet the requirements of the local health department”.

As you can see, state/local laws will apply in such cases–FHA loan rules never overrule state or local building code, ordinances, etc.

FHA loan rules state that when an on-site disposal system is not available, an alternative may be used, but that alternative off-site system must also live up to state/local requirements:

“When the Onsite Sewage Disposal System is not sufficient and an off-site system is available, the Mortgagee must confirm connection to an off-site sewage system. When the Onsite Sewage Disposal System is not sufficient and an off-site system is not available, the Mortgagee must reject the Property unless the Onsite Sewage Disposal System is repaired or replaced and complies with local health department standards.”

Some borrowers have questions about these issues, but much depends on what the local laws say, so in cases where an unresolved issue is at hand, consulting the local authority is the best first step towards the answer. An experienced real estate agent may also be able to give some general advice as to the local requirements.

Do you work in residential real estate? You should know about the free tool offered by FHA.com. It is designed especially for real estate websites; a widget that displays FHA loan limits for the counties serviced by those sites. It is simple to spend a few seconds customizing the state, counties, and widget size for the tool; you can copy the code and paste it into your website with ease. Get yours today:

http://www.fha.com/fha_loan_limits_widget

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By Joe Wallace

November 24, 2015

Joe Wallace has been specializing in military and personal finance topics since 1995. His work has appeared on Air Force Television News, The Pentagon Channel, ABC and a variety of print and online publications. He is a 13-year Air Force veteran and a member of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. He was Managing editor for www.valoans.com for (8) years and is currently the Associate Editor for FHANewsblog.com.

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