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Bank Loan Checklist
Associations sometimes need to borrow money for special projects. This can include capital improvements such as building fences where none existed before or making needed repairs where there are insufficient reserves to cover the cost. Following are issues that boards need to be aware of:

1.  Application Fees. Some banks charge application fees, some do not. You should ask before you apply.

2.  Bank Deposits. Banks frequently require associations move their operating and/or reserve funds to their bank as part of the loan approval terms.

3.  Financial Statements. Associations must provide financial statements and disclose delinquencies. If your association has high delinquencies and/or failed to comply with statutory requirements for annual financial statements, it is unlikely you will be approved for a loan.

4.  Good Standing. Associations must be in "good standing" with the Secretary of State before they can get a loan. That means filing income tax returns and paying taxes. Go online to check your status with the Secretary of State before initiating the application process.

5.  Insurance. Make sure your association has insurance and that it complies with your CC&Rs.

6.  Authority. Boards will likely need authority to borrow in their documents and/or approval from the membership.

7.  Attorney Opinion Letter. Banks normally require and opinion letter from the association's attorney as part of the loan approval process. Some require review by the lender's legal counsel rather than the association's. Boards should involve their HOA attorney from the outset to advise them about the approval process and to prepare the ballot to the membership, if needed. Your attorney must express an opinion to the bank about the association's authority to borrow.

8.  Prepayment Penalties. Will the loan have prepayment penalties? Avoid them if you can. Also, the board may need to set a policy regarding prepayment by owners upon sale of their units.

ASSISTANCE: Associations needing legal assistance can contact us. To stay current with issues affecting community associations, subscribe to the Davis-Stirling Newsletter.

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