Selling Guide

Published April 1, 2020

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B3-4.3-12, Rent Credit for Option to Purchase (04/01/2009)

Introduction

This topic contains information on rent credit for option to purchase, including:


Rent Credit for Option to Purchase

Rent credit for option to purchase is an acceptable source of funds toward the down payment or minimum borrower contribution. Borrowers are not required to make a minimum borrower contribution from their own funds in order for the rental payments to be credited toward the down payment.

Credit for the down payment is determined by calculating the difference between the market rent and the actual rent paid for the last 12 months. The market rent is determined by the appraiser in the appraisal for the subject property.


Documentation Requirements

The lender must obtain the following documentation:

  • A copy of the rental/purchase agreement evidencing a minimum original term of at least 12 months, clearly stating the monthly rental amount and specifying the terms of the lease.

  • Copies of the borrower’s canceled checks or money order receipts for the last 12 months evidencing the rental payments.

  • Market rent as determined by the subject property appraisal.

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