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FE D ER AL R E SE R V E BANK
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M arch 17, 1976

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AMENDMENT TO REGULATION H
Loans by State Member Banks in Flood-Prone Areas

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The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has amended its Regulation H,
"Membership of State Banking Institutions in the Federal Reserve System/' regarding the
making of certain real estate loans by State member banks in identified flood hazard areas of
communities that are not participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. The amend­
ment, originally adopted to exempt certain loans made prior to January 1, 1976, now provides
for the exemption of such loans made prior to March 1, 1976.
Printed below are the texts of statements made by the Board of Governors—the first,
when the original amendment was submitted for publication in the
and the
second, when the later change in the grace period was adopted.
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is amending Part 208 by adding a new sen­
tence to § 208.8(e) (5 ), in order to implement the grace period provided in section 303 of the Emergency
Housing Act of 1975 (Pub. L. No. 94-50) concerning certain real estate loans made by State member
banks in identified flood hazard areas of communities that are not participating in the National Flood In­
surance Program.
Section 303 amends section 202(b) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (42 U.S.C. 2001
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to permit until January 1, 1976, or one year from the date of a community's notification that
it has hood prone areas, whichever is later, the making of certain mortgage loans and similar loans by
federally chartered, supervised, or insured lending institutions for the purchase of previously occupied
residential dwellings located in the identified flood hazard areas of communities that are not participating
in the National Flood Insurance Program. A loan secured by improved real estate in an identified
flood hazard area which is not made to finance the acquisition of a previously occupied residential
dwelling remains subject to the prohibitions against the extension of such loans in communities which
are not participating in the National Flood Insurance Program, as originally prescribed by sections
201(d) and 202(b) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. These sections provide a deadline for
community participation of July 1, 1975, or one year from notification to a community by the Secretary
of Housing and Urban Development that it is a community containing special flood hazards, whichever
is later. Thus, if a community was notified on February 1, 1975, that it contains Hood prone areas, it would
have until February 1, 1976, to commence participation in the National Flood Insurance Program and a
real estate loan made until the latter date would not be required to be accompanied by flood insurance, ir­
respective of whether the loan concerned was made to finance the acquisition of a previously occupied resi­
dential dwelling. On the other hand, a community notified on September 1, 1974, would be required under
the original deadline to begin participation in the National Flood Insurance Program by September 1, 1975 ;
but. under the amendment to the Flood Disaster Protection Act, loans secured by improved real estate
located within special flood hazard areas of a community and made for the purpose of acquiring previ­
ously occupied residential dwellings would be permitted until January 1, 1976, even if the community does
not participate in the program until such date. Also, it should be noted that all forms of federally related
mortgage financial assistance, such as FH A and VA loans, fall under the provisions of section 202(a)
of the Flood Disaster Protection Act with respect to community participation, and hence are not included
within the scope of this amendment to Regulation H.




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The Board is of the opinion that the term "previously occupied residential dwelling," as included in
Regulation H, should be considered as any dwelling or dwelling unit intended for and used primarily for
residential purposes, including an apartment occupied by a tenant or a lessee, a single family residence, a
condominium, and a cooperative residence. Additionally, the Board is of the opinion that at the time a loan
concerning such property is made, the dwelling or dwelling unit must either be then occupied as a residence
or. if presently vacant, have been occupied as a residence by the owner or a tenant.
With regard to when a loan is "made" for the purposes of these provisions of Regulation H, the
Board is of the view that the making of a loan occurs on the date that a member bank issues a bona fide
unconditional commitment to make the loan in question. A commitment will be deemed unconditional if
only standard conditions are contained therein. For example, where the deadline for community partici­
pation is January 1. 1976, and a commitment is issued on December 1, 1975, with closing and disburse­
ment scheduled for January 15, 1976, the funds may be disbursed on January 15 even if the community
is not participating in the National Flood Insurance Program.
The following amendment is intended to conform the provisions of existing regulations to the amend­
ment to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 effected by the Emergency Housing Act of 1975.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is amending Part 208 by revising section
208.8(e)(5) in order to implement the grace period provided in Pub. L. No. 94-198 (Dec. 31, 1975),
concerning certain real estate loans made by State member banks in identified flood hazard areas of
communities that are not participating in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Pub. L. No. 94-198 amends section 202(b) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (42 U.S.C.
2001 rf. -s*cg.) to permit until March 1, 1976 (or one year from the date of a community's notification
that it has Hood-prone areas, whichever is later), the making of certain mortgage loans and similar loans
b\ federally chartered, supervised, or insured lending institutions for the purchase of previously occupied
residential dwellings located in the identified Hood hazard areas of communities that are not participating
in the National Flood Insurance Program. The deadline contained in section 202(b) applicable to such
loans was previously extended from July 1, 1975, until January 1, 1976 (section 303 of the Emergency
Housing Act of 1975, Pub. L. No. 94-50). The following amendment is intended to conform the provi­
sions of existing Board regulations, which reHect the January 1, 1976 deadline, to the additional extension
contained in Pub. L. No. 94-198.

Enclosed is a copy of the amendment. Questions thereon may be directed to our Bank
Regulations Department. Additional copies of the enclosure will be furnished upon request.




P A U L A . VOLCKER,

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
MEMBERSHIP OF STATE BANKING INSTITUTIONS
IN THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

AM ENDMENT TO REGULATION H
Effective February 26, 1976, subparagraph
(5) of paragraph (e) of section 208.8 is
amended to read as follows:
SECTIO N 208.8—BANKING PRACTICES
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(e)
Loans by State member banks in iden­
tified flood hazard areas.
(5)
On and after July 1, 1975, or after one
year following the date of official notification to
the chief executive officer of a community that
the community is one containing special flood
hazard areas, whichever is later, no State mem­
ber bank shall make, increase, extend, or renew
any loan secured by improved real estate or a
mobile home located or to be located in such
a special flood hazard area so identified by the
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
unless the community in which such area is
situated is then participating in the national
flood insuranace program ; Provided, that the
prohibition contained in this section shall not
apply to any loan made prior to March 1, 1976,
if the loan is made to finance the acquisition of
a previously occupied residential dwelling.

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