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FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
OF DALLAS

Dallas, Texas, September 19,1941

INTERPRETATIONS OF REGULATION W — CONSUMER CREDIT

To all Banking Institutions, and Others Concerned,
in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District:
Interpretations of Regulation W, relating to the extension of instalment credit, which have
been issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, are printed below:
0. Re Regulation W, any mechanical refrigerator of less than twelve cubic feet rated
capacity is subject to the Regulation regardless of the purpose for which it is sold or
the use to which it is put or to be put.
1. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under Regulation W :
“ Work is in progress on a home modernization job which cannot be
completed by August 31. Prior to the issuance of Regulation W or the sign­
ing of Executive Order 8843 under which Regulation W was issued, a lender
made a written commitment to finance the modernization upon its com­
pletion. When the work is completed in due course after September 1, may
it be financed pursuant to the pre-September commitment, or must the finan­
cing comply with the 18-months limitation stated in the Supplement to
the Regulation? Would it make any difference whether the credit was instal­
ment sale credit instead of instalment loan credit ?”
It is the opinion of the Board that in such a case of a bona fide written pre-September
commitment, which is in effect a contract to make a contract and which involves no
effort to evade the Regulation, section 9(d) permits the modernization to be financed
pursuant to such commitment even though the loan is not made until after Sep­
tember 1. The same result would follow in such a case whether the credit was
instalment sale credit or instalment loan credit.
2. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under Regulation W :
“ In connection with a contract for the modernization of a building, a
written commitment is made on September 2, 1941 for a loan which will be
subject to Regulation W and is to be made when the work is completed. The
construction and installations involved in the modernization are expedited as
much as circumstances will permit, and are completed on October 10, when
the loan is made on the certificate of completion. In calculating the 18-months
maximum maturity permitted for the credit, should September 2 or Octo­
ber 10 be taken as the base ? Would it make any difference if the credit was
instalment sale credit instead of instalment loan credit?”
The Board is of the opinion that in the specified case the date to be used as the base
for calculating the 18-months maximum maturity is October 10. This would hold
true whether the credit is instalment sale credit or instalment loan credit.

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3. Re Regulation W inquiry on furniture, if furniture is of the type used in households
it is subject to the Regulation and it does not matter that the particular piece may
be sold for use in an office, hospital, store, or other commercial building.
4. Re Regulation W inquiry on cooking stoves and ranges, an oven or a broiler is con­
sidered a heating surface if it has a separate source of heat, as, for example, a
separate burner or electric element, but if oven and broiler have a separate source of
heat in common it is considered that there is but one heating surface. Neither is
considered a heating surface if its source of heat is a central firebox.
5. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under Regulation W :
“ Pursuant to an established bona fide business practice a finance com­
pany issues and sells notes which are secured by instalment sales obligations
trusteed under a collateral trust agreement. It is not feasible for a purchaser
of the collateral trust notes to examine the underlying obligations held by the
trustee. Suppose one of the underlying instalment obligations failed to comply
with the requirements of Regulation W and such noncompliance, although
unknown to the purchaser of the collateral trust notes, showed on the face
of the underlying instalment obligation. Would the purchase of the collateral
trust note in such a case, or the receipt of payments on the note, constitute
a violation of Regulation W ?”
The Regulation does not apply to the purchaser unless he is a person required by
section 3(a) (1) to be licensed. If he is such a person, the payments received, accord­
ing to the question as stated, arise out of the collateral trust note rather than the
underlying obligation and under section 9(e) the Regulation does not apply to such
payments.
Even if the transaction were such that the payments arose out of the underlying
obligation rather than the collateral trust note the receipt of payments by the
Registrant purchasing the note secured by such underlying obligation would not be
contrary to the Regulation if when he made the purchase the underlying obligation
did not on its face show some noncompliance or if he did not at that time know some
fact by reason of which the extension of credit on which the underlying obligation
was based failed to comply with the Regulation. In this connection it will be noted
that while 4 (f) requires that extension of instalment sale credit be evidenced in
the prescribed manner, this does not require that the obligation or claim referred
to in section 3 (a )(2 )(B ) shall contain all the prescribed information, since under
section 4 (f) the evidence of the underlying transaction which must contain the nec­
essary information, or have such information attached, may be a separate instru­
ment or record and need not be the same as the obligation or claim referred to in
section 3(a) (2) (B).
6. The classification mechanical refrigerators includes frozen food cabinets of the speci­
fied capacity but does not include milk coolers, assuming that they are not designed
for household use.
7. Tumbler clothes driers are not included in any of the classifications of listed articles.
8. In connection with section 9(d) of Regulation W exempting contracts made before
September 1, questions have been received as to whether orders received through
the mail by a mail order company come within the exemption if the orders are
postmarked prior to September 1 but in the usual course of business are not filled
until after that date. The standing practice of the company has been to fill all such
mail orders according to the terms of the catalog, subject only to the right of the
company to refuse to fill the order for certain specified reasons such as unsatisfactory
credit standing of the customer. If such orders are received in good faith pursuant
to an outstanding catalog and without personal solicitation, it is the view of the Board
that those postmarked before September 1 may be deemed to be exempted under
section 9(d) even though in the usual course of business they are not filled until
after that date.
9. The classification household furniture includes lamps designed for household use.
10. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under Regulation W :
“ Coupons serve as money within a department store and are sold by store
on instalment basis with maturity shorter than prescribed in Regulation but
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down payments are smaller than required by Regulation. May coupons pur­
chased for 10 per cent down and 8 months to pay be used for purchase of
vacuum cleaner requiring 20 per cent down payment?”
Board is of opinion that for purposes of applying Regulation W face value of coupon
is not material but that consideration should be given only to amount of money
actually paid by purchaser.
Accordingly sale of vacuum cleaner would not comply with Regulation if sufficient
money to constitute required down payment had not been paid before sale, whether
money was paid for coupons or otherwise.
11. Question has been raised as to effect of September 1 holiday upon the effective
date of Regulation W. Fact that this is a holiday does not alter effective date of Regu­
lation, which becomes effective at beginning of business on September 1.
12. Certain questions have been received regarding the status under Regulation W of
commitments made prior to September 1 to extend credit after September 1. Sec­
tion 9(d) of the Regulation exempts “ any valid contract made prior” to September 1.
An earlier ruling of the Board has indicated that this exemption applies to a written
commitment made prior to September 1 with respect to a modernization job that is
in process on August 31. In order to clarify further the application of this provision
to outstanding commitments, certain general principles applicable to such commit­
ments are set out below.
(1) The underlying principle is that the exemption in section 9(d) for “ any
valid contract” made before September 1 applies not only to an extension of credit
actually made before that date, but also to a valid contract to make a contract. The
exemption, therefore, includes a valid commitment made in good faith before Sep­
tember 1 to extend credit after September 1, and includes also the credit extended
pursuant to such a commitment.
(2) In order for the exemption to apply there must have been a valid contract.
The general test is that the borrower should, in the absence of the Regulation, have
been able to maintain a suit for damages if the credit had not been granted pur­
suant to the contract. Some of the requirements for such a contract may be briefly
summarized: (a) Even an exact agreement on the sale of a particular article is not
necessarily an agreement to extend credit therefor. There must have been a valid
contract relating to the credit. Where there is ambiguity as to whether the contract
included credit arrangements, relatively little proof would be needed in the case of a
contract for a unique or “ custom built” item, as for example a home modernization
job, to show that the contract did include credit arrangements; but in the case of a
standard article the presumption would be strongly the other way. (b) There must
in any case be considerably more than general negotiations or indefinite “ under­
standings” that the credit would be extended. There must have been an agreement
to extend the credit and a reasonably exact agreement as to terms ^and amount,
(c) While not always essential, the case is much clearer if there is written evidence
of the commitment. The time as of which the extension of credit is itself dated is
not important, the significant date being that of the prior commitment.
(3) Substance and good faith rather than technicalities and formalities control
in determining whether there is a valid pre-September contract. The most elaborate
written documents do not constitute such a contract unless they represent a bona
fide commitment made as a part of a regular business transaction and not as a
means of evading the Regulation.
13. The classification household furniture includes mirrors, unpainted furniture, stools,
kitchen or breakfast room sets, porch tables, chairs, and swings, and kitchen cabi­
nets but does not include pictures or clothes hampers.
14. The following articles are not included in any of the classifications of listed articles:
toasters, food mixers, roasters, air circulating or ventilating fans other than attic
fans or air conditioners, waffle irons, clocks, carpet sweepers not electrically operated.
15. Section 4(d) of Regulation W does not permit sale of listed article for payment in
five equal instalments spaced at three months intervals.
16. A case has been presented to the Board in which a dealer selling a listed article in
Group D does not take a note from the purchaser payable to the dealer, but instead,
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according to arrangements with a bank, takes from the purchaser a note payable to the
bank. Since the note is not secured by the listed article, the question has been pre­
sented whether the transaction is an extension of instalment sale credit subject to
section 4, in which case a down payment would be required, or whether the trans­
action is an extension of unsecured instalment loan credit subject to section 5(b),
in which case the down payment would not be required.
The question is covered by section 2(d) of the Regulation. That section defines an
“ extension of instalment sale credit” as an extension of instalment credit which is
made “ by any seller” and “ arises out of the sale of such listed article” , and it spe­
cifically states that the definition applies whether the seller is acting “ as principal,
agent or broker.”
It is accordingly clear that the extension of credit here in question is an extension of
instalment sale credit, and as such is subject to the down payment requirement.
17. The classification “ household furniture” does not include china dinner sets, stain­
less steel cooking utensil sets, or silver-plated flatware.
18. The classification “ household electric organs” includes electronic instruments and
electric action instruments designed for use in homes. It does not include ecclesi­
astical models the cases of which are specially designed for use in churches or for
similar use.
19. In order to clarify the status of renewals, revisions and consolidations (or “ add-ons” )
under Regulation W during the period until November 1, when sections 8(a) and
8(b) on these subjects become effective, certain general principles applicable to such
transactions during this period until November 1 are set out below:
(1) Any instalment credit which was originally extended before September 1
may be renewed or revised once on or after September 1 on any terms which the
Registrant would have granted in good faith in the absence of the Regulation. In the
case of the renewal or revision of a credit which was originally extended on or after
September 1, or the renewal or revision of a credit which was originally extended
before September 1 but has already been renewed or revised (or consolidated with
a new credit) on or after September 1, the credit as renewed or revised may not have
a maturity beyond 18 months from the date of the renewal or revision. This 18-months
limitation, however, does not apply to a renewal or revision which relates to an obli­
gation of a member of the armed forces of the United States incurred prior to his
induction into the service, or which is necessary for the Registrant’s protection in
connection with an obligation which is in default and is the subject of bona fide
collection effort by the Registrant.
(2) The mere act of consolidating two separate obligations, or of “ adding-on”
one obligation to another, can confer no greater privileges than would apply if the
obligations were treated separately. Accordingly, any new extension of credit which
would be subject to a down payment requirement if made alone, is subject to the same
requirement if consolidated with, or “ added-on” to, an outstanding obligation.
(3) Similarly, in determining the terms of repayment permissible when an
extension of credit is consolidated with, or “ added-on” to, an outstanding obligation
of the same obligor, it is necessary to consider (a) the terms on which the outstand­
ing obligation could be renewed or revised (for that is what its consolidation may in
effect accomplish), and (b) the terms required for the additional extension of credit
if it stood alone. The consolidated obligation may not provide for repayment at a
slower rate than would have been permissible if the outstanding obligation were
revised as permitted by the Regulation and the new credit were extended in accord­
ance with the Regulation but the two credits were not consolidated.4
(4) While sections 8(a) and 8(b) which require a statement of necessity in
certain cases do not become effective until November 1, section 8(g) of the Regula­
tion, which is in full effect beginning September 1, prohibits any extension of instal­
ment credit in connection with which there is any evasive side agreement for the
subsequent renewing or revising of the credit. Therefore, any extension of instalment
sale credit or instalment loan credit made on or after September 1 cannot be the
subject of any contemporaneous agreement, arrangement or understanding by which
renewals or revisions are to be used as a means of evading the requirements of the
Regulation. Any renewal or revision must be the bona fide result of developments
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coming after the making of the original extension of credit. Unless it is such a bona
fide result of a subsequent development, it is prohibited by section 8 (g).
20. The classification “ mechanical refrigerators” does not include coin operated machines
for dispensing beverages or coolers designed for the purpose of holding bottled bev­
erages offered for sale even though they are of less than twelve cubic feet rated
capacity.
21. The classification “ water pumps designed for household use” includes water system
pumps which are either shallow wT or reciprocating deep-well pumps having a rated
ell
capacity of 300 gallons per hour or less, or deep-well jet type or centrifugal pumps
operated by motors having a rating of 1/3 horsepower or less. The actual use to
which the pumps are put does not affect the classification.
22. Re ruling number six the classification “ mechanical refrigerators” does not include
frozen food cabinets designed for the display of frozen foods offered for sale but does
include frozen food cabinets designed for the home freezing of foods or for the
home storage of frozen foods.
23. The following articles are not included in any of the classifications of listed articles:
Automobile trailers whether designed for use as living quarters or otherwise, or motor
vehicles designed for use as ambulances or hearses.
24. Inquiries have been received as to whether Regulation W limits the amount of an
instalment loan (as distinguished from the maturity of the loan) when the Registrant
knows the loan is for the purpose of purchasing a listed article but the listed article
is not pledged as collateral for the loan. The answer is that unless an extension of
instalment credit is made by the seller of the listed article (whether as principal,
agent or broker) as described in section 2(d), or unless the extension of instalment
credit is secured, or to become secured, by a recently purchased listed article as
described in section 5(a), the present Regulation does not limit the amount of the
credit (as distinguished from its maturity) regardless of the lender’s knowledge
that it is to be used to purchase a listed article.
25. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under Regulation W :
“ May first mortgage under section 6(a) be considered ‘first lien’ even
though a prior lien for current taxes not due and payable exists under state
law?”
The Board is of the opinion that in such a case the first mortgage is a “ first lien”
under section 6 (a ).
26. “ First lien” referred to in section 6(a) of Regulation W means any first lien created
by agreement of the parties at the time of or as an incident to the extension of
credit, including first mortgages, first deeds of trust, and the like. It does not, how­
ever, include a lien arising by operation of law, independently of such an agreement,
under statutes such as those designed to protect furnishers of labor or material.
A lien of the kind existing in some jurisdictions which is sometimes referred to as
a mechanic’s lien but which is a first lien created by agreement of the parties, and
not by operation of law under a statute, is a “ first lien” under section 6 (a ).
27. Extension of credit “ secured by a bona fide first lien on improved real estate duly
recorded” is exempted by section 6(a) of Regulation W even though the purpose of
the credit is to purchase a listed article. For example, if the credit is secured by such
a first lien it is exempt even though part of the credit is for the purpose of purchasing
a furnace to be installed in the mortgaged property and even though the lien does
not extend to the furnace. Conversely, if a portion of the credit involved in the trans­
action is not secured by the lien, the exemption does not apply to that portion of the
credit.
28. Although W-19 dealt generally with renewals and revisions made during September
and October, questions have been received regarding renewals or revisions made on
or after November 1, of credits which were originally extended before September 1.
The controlling principle in such cases is that credit originally extended before Sep­
tember 1 may be renewed or revised once at any time on or after September 1 without
the statement of necessity referred to in section 8(a) and on any terms which the
Registrant would have granted in good faith in the absence of the Regulation. This
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is the case whether such first renewal or revision of a pre-September credit occurs
before November 1 (as discussed in W-19) or after November 1. When a pre-Septem­
ber credit has been once renewed or revised on or after September 1, whether such
renewal or revision occurs before or after November 1, any subsequent renewal or
revision is subject to the same requirements which would apply if the credit being
renewed or revised had originally been extended on or after September 1. As indi­
cated in W-19, the consolidation of a pre-September credit with a new credit has the
same effect, for the purposes of this question, as a renewal or revision of the preSeptember credit.
29. The question has been asked whether, in view of W-5, Registrant who is purchaser
or pledgee of obligation or claim subject to Regulation is required by section 3(a) (2)
(B) to receive a copy of the statement of the transaction required by section 4 (f).
Answer is that purchaser or pledgee is not required to receive this statement. Sec­
tion 4 (f) provides that there shall be a written instrument or record of the trans­
action which shall contain certain information and of which a copy shall be given
to the obligor, but this instrument or record is not necessarily the same document as
the “ obligation or claim” which is discounted or accepted by the Registrant under
section 3(a) (2) (B).
30. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under Regulation W :
“ A mortgagee, who has made a loan of $2,000 secured by a first mort­
gage, advances $400 more to the same borrower but instead of combining
the two transactions into one debt secured by one mortgage, the lender takes
another note and a second mortgage. Can the latter mortgage be regarded
as a ‘first lien’ within the meaning of section 6 (a) ?”
The Board is of the opinion that the second mortgage securing the additional loan
of $400 may not be regarded as a “ first lien” within the meaning of section 6 (a ).
31. Question—Is consumer who knowingly violates or induces violation of Regulation
subject to criminal penalties?
Answer— Knowing participation in violation may subject offender to criminal penalties.
32. Question— Section 8 (f), Line 6, Do words “ any other extension of credit” mean any
other extension of instalment credit?
Answer— Words quoted include but are not confined to other extensions of instal­
ment credit.
33. Question—May a new furnace be purchased without down payment in emergency
situations?
Answer—Exceptions to down payment requirements are those stated in section 6,
none of which extend to the situation described, and the exception inherent in sec­
tion 5 (b ).
34. Question— Suppose bank loans on instalment basis or otherwise to a finance com­
pany secured by instalment contracts on listed articles, must bank look to regularity
of security? If bank is not required to examine each item of collateral, what is purpose
of section 3 (a) (2) (B) ?
Answer— So long as bank’s payments arise only out of the loan as distinguished from
the underlying obligation, it need not investigate underlying collateral. This is so that
lender who takes such collateral will not be in worse position than one who lent unse­
cured. However, if and when lender attempts to obtain payments which arise out of
the underlying obligation, i.e., to enforce the underlying obligation as distinguished
from the loan, the lender is forbidden to receive the payments unless requirements
of section 3(a) (2) (B) were met. This is so that Registrant who loans upon instalment
obligations will not be in more favorable position than one who discounts or purchases
the obligation. To extent that Registrant is willing to assume the business risk, he may
lend on instalment obligation without inspection, realizing the disabilities which may
appear later if it should become necessary to disregard loan and rely upon underlying
instalment obligations. See W-5.
35. Question—If bank makes instalment loan under $1,000, either secured by listed article
or not secured at all, must bank take statement as to proposed use of proceeds of loan ?
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Answer— Registrant is not required to take statement as to proposed use of proceeds
in such cases irrespective of whether loan is secured by listed article. However, state­
ment accepted in good faith by Registrant will protect Registrant as mentioned in
8 (c) and in similar provisions.
36. Question—May bank make loan secured by listed article owned more than 45 days
in order to make down payment on new listed article?
Answer—Section 8 (f) does not prohibit making a loan which will serve as down pay­
ment. It merely applies to Registrant who is required to obtain the down payment
(or required to limit loan to maximum credit value) and prohibits him from making
the extension of credit if he knows or has reason to know of side loan for making the
down payment.
37. Question— May bank make loan secured by listed article owned more than 45 days in
order to pay in full the cash purchase price of a new listed article ?
Answer—Yes.
38. Question— Customer purchases from same seller listed articles on several different
days. All purchases are put on open charge account without down payments with the
understanding that when last article is purchased a definite contract will be made.
If all purchases go into a single contract must the entire contract be dated back to the
date of purchase of first article and must the 18 months run from that earliest date ?
Answer—If intention is for instalment payments, down payments should be obtained
at times of different purchases. Similarly, 18-month maximum maturities would date
from different purchases and need not go back to purchase of first article.
39. Question—When borrower makes bank loan on straight note for six months not pay­
able in instalments is there anything in Regulation to prohibit an agreement at the
time of making the loan to renew the loan at the end of six months period or at sub­
sequent due dates?
Answer— Question is not entirely clear and answer would depend on all relevant cir­
cumstances. There is nothing to prohibit agreement for renewal if renewal is to be
made without reduction. However, if agreement is that renewal is to involve a reduc­
tion, loan would seem to be instalment credit and subject to requirements of the
Regulation.
40. The Board has been asked to distinguish between “ heating stoves and space heaters
designed for household use” and “ household furnaces?”
For purposes of Regulation W, the heat generating unit is a heating stove or space
heater when it is designed to heat directly the space in which it is located; the head
generating unit is a furnace when it is designed for the transmission of heat by means
of piping or ducts to the space which is to be heated. If a unit is designed to heat
directly the room in which it is located and other rooms by piping it is to be classified
as a furnace.
41. The classification “ heating stoves and space heaters designed for household use”
includes gas-fired floor furnaces, even though they are permanently built into the floor.
This classification also includes small portable electric heaters.
42. The classification “ mechanical refrigerators” does not include mechanically refrig­
erated cabinets specifically designed for the storage of ice-cream or other food products
offered for sale.
43. Questions have been received regarding the application of Regulation W to extensions
of instalment sale credit in cases in which there is delay in the delivery of the article
sold, or in which time is required for the completion of a job of installation or
construction.
The general principle applicable to these cases is that if the delay in the delivery of the
article or in the completion of the job is bona fide and is not for the purpose of evading
any of the provisions of the Regulation, the date of delivery or completion may be used
as the base for applying the requirements of the Regulation. Hence the down payment
could be obtained in such cases at any time on or before such date of delivery or com­
pletion. Similarly, the 18-months maximum maturity in such cases could be calculated
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from such date of delivery or completion with, of course, the usual option under section
9(b) of making the 15-day adjustment permitted by that section for calculating the
maximum maturity.
For any such case in which any date later than the date of the contract between the
seller and the purchaser is used as the base for applying the requirements of the Regu­
lation, it would be advisable for the Registrant’s records to indicate clearly the facts
justifying such use of a later date.
A related question received by the Board deals with progress payments under a con­
tract for the installation of a heating system, or under a contract for a similar
construction job. Payment is to be made for the installation or construction as the job
progresses. Each payment is to be made at the completion of a specified portion of the
job and is to be approximately equal to the cost of that portion, the final payment
being made at the completion of the job. If such an arrangement is a bona fide busi­
ness practice which is followed for the convenience of the parties concerned and is not
an effort to evade any of the provisions of Regulation W, the Regulation does not
require any change in the procedure.
44. The classification “ ironers designed for household use” does not include hand irons,
whether electrically or otherwise operated.
45. The phrase “principal amount” in section 5 (b) of Regulation W means the principal
amount lent to the obligor, excluding any interest, finance charges, service charges and
insurance costs, whether or not deducted in advance. For example, if a borrower
received $975 but signs a note on a discount basis for $1,020, the loan is in a “principal
amount” of less than $1,000 within the meaning of section 5(b).
46. The classification “ musical instruments composed principally of metals” does not in gen­
eral include violins, guitars, mandolins, accordions, clarinets, oboes or bassoons. Certain
models of some of these instruments, however, have metal bodies or tubes, in which case
they are included in the classification.
47. Questions have been received as to whether an extension of credit which, upon its face,
is repayable in only one scheduled payment is an extension of instalment credit if, at its
maturity, a partial payment is made and the balance is renewed ?
Answers to such questions depend upon whether or not there are any agreements or
understandings between the parties at the time the extension of credit is made. For
example, if at the time a particular extension of credit is made the Registrant and
obligor have an understanding that the obligor will be required to make only a partial
payment at maturity and that, upon making such partial payment, the balance will be
renewed, the extension of credit is an extension of instalment credit notwithstanding
the fact that the obligation, upon its face, provides for repayment in only one scheduled
payment.
48. An inquiry has been received regarding the applicability of section 6 (a) of Regulation
W to an extension of credit made by a builder covering the cost of building a home and
secured by a first lien on the real estate upon which the home is to be constructed.
The general principle applicable to these cases is that the mortgage and the contract or
contracts for the extension of credit and the construction may be regarded as parts of
a single transaction and that the facts existing on the date of completion may be used
in determining the application of the Regulation. Consequently, the Board is of the
opinion that the extension of credit may be regarded as secured by a first lien on
improved real estate within the meaning of section 6 (a). The general principle is sim­
ilar to that discussed in the second paragraph of W-43.
49. The Board has received a question under Regulation W which may be stated as follows:
“ If an extension of credit which was originally made as a 3 months credit
conforming to section 6 ( f ) is renewed or revised, must it be limited to a ma­
turity of 3 months from the date of the renewal or revision, or may it have a
maturity of as much as 18 months from the date of the renewal or revision as
in the case of a credit which was not originally under section 6 (f) ? If the
renewal or revision of such a credit occurs on or after November 1, does it
require a statement of necessity as specified in section 8 (a) ?”
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(1) A renewal or revision of a 6 (f) credit is not limited to a maturity of three
months from the date of the renewal or revision, and is limited only to a maximum
maturity of 18 months from the date of the renewal or revision as in the case of
renewals or revisions of other credits under the Regulation. If the renewal or revision
occurs on or after November 1, and alters the terms of repayment to terms which would
not have complied with section 6 (f) in the first instance, the renewal or revision may
not be made unless a statement of necessity is accepted in good faith as specified in
section 8 (a).
(2) The preceding paragraph would not apply in the case of the first renewal or
revision on or after September 1 of a credit which was originally extended before Sep­
tember 1. As indicated in W-19 and W-28 in discussing other pre-September credits,
any pre-September credit may be renewed or revised once without the statement of
necessity and on any terms which the Registrant would have granted in good faith in
the absence of the Regulation.
(3) It is important to note, as pointed out in W-19, that section 8 (g) prohibits
any extension of instalment credit in connection with which there is any evasive side
agreement for the subsequent renewing or revising of the credit. Any renewal or revi­
sion beyond the period originally permissible for the credit must be the bona fide result
of some development coming after the making of the original extension of credit. Unless
it is such a bona fide result of a subsequent development, it is prohibited by section
8 (g).
50. The Board has been asked whether a piece of furniture, such as a table, lamp, or bed,
having a radio built in and a composite part of the article, is to be classified as house­
hold furniture or as a radio.
The classification depends upon the relative value of the component parts. If the value
of the radio is greater than the value of the table, lamp, or bed as a separate piece of
furniture, then the article is to be classified as a radio.
51. The classification “ household furnaces and heating units for furnaces (including oil
burners, gas conversion burners, and stokers)” includes heat generating sources such
as furnaces and boilers, and appurtenances which form a part of such sources, indi­
vidually or collectively installed, when such sources or appurtenances are designed for
actual net output of 240,000 B. T. U. per hour or less.
For purposes of determining the maximum amount of credit, the bona fide cash
purchase price of such equipment is considered to include the cost of installation and
the cost of accessories such as fuel oil storage tanks, heat control units, or coils for
heating domestic hot water installed at the time of the installation of the furnace,
boiler or heating unit. The classification does not include piping, ducts, radiators, con­
vectors, or registers installed in connection with such equipment, but it is to be noted
that these items may fall within the classification of materials and services referred
to in Group E of Part 1 of the Supplement.
52. The Board has been asked several questions about the application of Regulation W to
a case in which a Registrant rents a piano or other listed article to a customer and the
rental contract includes an option giving the customer the right to purchase the article.
Executive Order No. 8848, under the authority of which Regulation W is issued, and
section 2(b) of the Regulation, define “ Extension of Credit” as including “ any rentalpurchase contract, or any contract for the bailment or leasing of property under which
the bailee or lessee . . . has the option of becoming the owner thereof . . . ” Therefore,
the type of contract to which the inquiry relates is subject to the provisions of
Regulation W.
Under these provisions it is necessary that, under such a contract, the Registrant
obtain, at or before the delivery of the article to the lessee, a deposit equal to the
amount of the down payment which the Regulation would require upon an instalment
sale of the listed article, and that the lease call for periodic payments in an amount
not less than the amount of the instalments which Regulation W would require on an
extension of instalment sale credit arising out of the sale of the article. In the event
that the lessee decides to exercise his option to purchase the article, these payments,
including the deposit, under the lease will serve in lieu of both the necessary down
payment and the instalments which would have been due between the date of the
original lease and the date the option to purchase is exercised, and the balance of the
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sale price may be paid in instalments subject to the final maturity of 18 months from
the date of the original lease. In the event that the lessee decides not to exercise his
option to purchase, the Registrant may return to him the difference between the pay­
ments, including the deposit, which the lessee has made and the amount of rental
that may have been agreed upon for the period that the lessee has retained the
article, and it is permissible for the lease to contain a provision to this effect.
It should be noted that the Regulation does not apply to a bona fide rental agreement
under which the lessee does not receive a transfer of ownership, does not obligate
himself to pay as compensation a sum substantially equal to or in excess of the value
of the article, and does not receive an option to purchase.
53. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under Regulation W:
“ Section 8(d) refers to statements of necessity as provided in para­
graphs (a), (b) and (c) of section 8. However, paragraph (c) does not con­
tain the words ‘statement of necessity.’ Is the ‘written statement’ described
in section 8(c) to be regarded as a ‘statement of necessity’ ? If the answer is
in the affirmative, would it be desirable as a practical precaution for any bank
or other lender extending instalment loan credit to take, in every case, the
written statement referred to in section 8(c) ?”
The written statement referred to in the last sentence of section 8(c) is not a “ state­
ment of necessity” of the kind referred to in section 8(d). Section 8(c) refers to
statements of necessity only to the extent that it incorporates by reference certain
requirements of “ section 8(a) or 8(b), including the provisos thereof.” With respect
to last part of inquiry, see W-35.
54. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under Regulation W :
“ Section 8(e) provides that the requirements of sections 8(a), (b) and
(c) do not apply ‘to any renewal or revision’ of an extension of credit made
prior to September 1, and provides in effect that any such extension of credit
may be renewed or revised once on or after September 1. Do the same princi­
ples apply to an extension of credit to retire an obligation held elsewhere,
assuming the latter covers an extension of credit made prior to September 1?”
Section 8(e) refers specifically to section 8 (c), and therefore the same principles
apply as in the case of a renewal or revision by the original obligee. These principles
are discussed in W-19 and W-28.
55. A question has been received under Regulation W concerning a sum of $50 to $100,
sometimes called a “ pack,” which a dealer may at times include in the price of an
automobile as quoted to customers. When the automobile is sold, all or part of this
sum may be eliminated from the price actually paid by the purchaser, either by an
increase in trade-in allowance or by way of discount on cash purchases. The question
is whether, in determining the maximum credit that can be extended to the customer,
such an extra sum of $50 to $100 may be included, either as a part of the “ bona fide
cash purchase price” of the automobile and accessories or, in the case of a new auto­
mobile, as part of item 1 or item 4 of Part 3 (a) of the Supplement.
In determining what is the “ bona fide cash purchase price” of a given automobile to be
used in determining the maximum amount of credit under Part 3, padding of any kind
— such as the “ pack” referred to in the question if it is to be eliminated from the price
actually paid by the customer by an increase in trade-in allowance or by some other
device—must be excluded. In the specific case of a new automobile the maximum credit
value can in no event exceed 66% per cent of the sum o f items 1 through 4 of Part
3 (a) of the Supplement, and a $50 to $100 sum such as that described in the present
question could not be included in any of these four items.
From time to time, as interpretations are made by the Board, they will be printed in this form
and mailed to you by this bank.
Yours very truly,
R. R. GILBERT
President
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