Flood FAQs #24 – Some borrowers have buildings with limited utility or value and, in many cases; the borrower would not replace them if lost in a flood. Is a lender required to mandate flood insurance for such buildings?

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Q:  Some borrowers have buildings with limited utility or value and, in many cases; the borrower would not replace them if lost in a flood. Is a lender required to mandate flood insurance for such buildings?
 
A:   Yes. Under the Regulation, lenders must require flood insurance on real estate improvements when those improvements are part of the property securing the loan and are located in an SFHA and in a participating community. The lender may consider “carving out” buildings from the security it takes on the loan. However, the lender should fully analyze the risks of this option. In particular, a lender should consider whether it would be able to market the property securing its loan in the event of foreclosure. Additionally, the lender should consider any local zoning issues or other issues that would affect its collateral.
 
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – This Q&A was included in the “Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Flood Insurance.”   For ease of collection, this has been obtained from the FDIC’s Compliance Examination Manual – April 2016, which may be found here:  https://fdic.gov/regulations/compliance/manual/5/V-6.1.pdf
 

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