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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 10. Finance and Financial Institutions
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission
Chapter 161. Mortgage Loan Originators
2/20/2019

10VAC5-161-75. Bona Fide Nonprofit Organizations.

A. An organization may request that the commission designate it as a bona fide nonprofit organization for purposes of Chapter 17 and this chapter by (i) submitting its request on a form prescribed by the commissioner, (ii) paying a nonrefundable fee of $200, and (iii) furnishing such information concerning the criteria in subsection B of this section as the commissioner may require. If the registry is capable of processing these requests, the organization shall submit its request through the registry and shall pay or cause to be paid any fees imposed by the registry in addition to the fee payable to the commission.

B. The commission shall designate an organization as a bona fide nonprofit organization only if (i) the organization has satisfied the requirements of subsection A of this section and (ii) the commission finds that the organization:

1. Has the status of a tax-exempt organization under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

2. Promotes affordable housing or provides homeownership education or similar services.

3. Conducts its activities in a manner that serves public or charitable purposes rather than commercial purposes.

4. Charges fees and receives funding and revenue in a manner that does not incentivize it or its employees to act other than in the best interests of its clients.

5. Compensates its employees in a manner that does not incentivize employees to act other than in the best interests of its clients.

6. Provides or identifies for a borrower residential mortgage loans with terms that are (i) favorable to the borrower and (ii) comparable to mortgage loans and housing assistance provided under government housing assistance programs. For purposes of this subdivision and subdivision B 10 of § 6.2-1701 of the Code of Virginia, loan terms shall be considered favorable to the borrower if the terms are consistent with loan origination in a public or charitable context rather than a commercial context.

7. Meets any other criteria that the commission deems relevant.

C. If the commission is unable to make all of the findings required by subsection B of this section, the commission shall notify the organization in writing and provide the basis for its determination.

D. A bona fide nonprofit organization shall give written notice to the bureau within five days of the following: (i) any change in, or revocation of, the organization's tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or (ii) any change in the organization's mission, policies, or practices that is inconsistent with any of the criteria enumerated in subsection B of this section.

E. When the bureau requests a written response, books, records, documentation, or other information from a bona fide nonprofit organization, the organization shall deliver a written response as well as any requested books, records, documentation, or information within the time period specified in the bureau's request or, if no time period is specified, not later than 30 days from the date of such request. In determining the specified time period for responding to the bureau and when considering a request for an extension of time to respond, the bureau shall take into consideration the volume and complexity of the requested written response, books, records, documentation or information and such other factors as the bureau determines to be relevant under the circumstances. Requests made by the bureau pursuant to this subsection are deemed to be in furtherance of the investigation and examination authority provided for in § 6.2-1701.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 6.2-1720 and 12.1-13 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 30, Issue 02, eff. September 15, 2013.

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