Yes. On March 27, 2020, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a temporary waiver of its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 policy to provide an alternative to submitting Condominium project approval application packages by mail in the event of possible HUD office closures due to COVID-19. By using this alternative method, FHA employees working remotely can still retrieve and access packages for processing. This new alternative does not affect mortgagees that currently upload their packages through FHA Connection.
Submitters should create a PDF file of the package and send it via email to the FHA Resource Center at email@example.com. The email “Subject Line” should read “Condominium Project Approval Package”. Upon receipt, FHA Resource Center staff will forward the package to the appropriate FHA Homeownership Center where it will be reviewed.
The email should contain a single PDF file not to exceed 32 MB. Files larger than 32 MB must be emailed separately and each email should also include a brief project name and the total number of emails being submitted (e.g., “Towne Centre 1 of 3”).
This process applies to the submission of Condominiums for Project Approval and does not affect the requirements for Single-Unit Approval as outlined in Mortgage Letter (ML) 2019-13.
Additional information regarding condominium project approval and submission requirements can be located at:
- Handbook 4000.1 II.C.2. and II.C.3. available at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/hsgh
- FHA Condominium Mortgage Insurance page at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh/ins/sfh_ins_condominiums
- Mortgagee Letter 2019-13 is available at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/letters/mortgagee
- Visit the FHA INFO Archives to access FHA INFO #20-22 and other messages issued from 2012 to the present.
FHA continues to revise its FHA Single Family COVID-19 information as needed to keep stakeholders updated with the latest information about FHA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Related information for FHA mortgagees, borrowers and other interested parties is available at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh and on the https://www.hud.gov/answers website.
HQ Policy Determination - COVID-19 guidance