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PUBLIC LAW 87.70-JUNE 30, 1961
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(^) Section 223 of the National Housing Act is amended by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c), and by inserting after subsection (a) the following new subsection: " (b) Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this title and without regard to limitations upon eligibility contained in section 221, the Commissioner may in his discretion insure under section 221(d)(3) any rnortgage executed by a mortgagor of the character described therein where such mortgage is given to refinance a mortgage covering an existing property or project (other than a one- to four-family structure) located in an urban renewal area, if the Commissioner finds that such insurance will facilitate the occupancy of dwelling units in the property or project by families of low or moderate income or families displaced from an urban renewal area or displaced as a result of governmental action." H O M E IMPROVEMENT A N D R E H A B I L I T A T I O N LOANS
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(^) Section 220 of the National Housing Act is amended
(1) striking out the provisos in subsections (d)(3)(A)(i) and (d)(3)(B) ( i i) and inserting in lieu thereof in each subsection the following: ": Provided, That in the case of properties other than new construction, the foregoing limitations upon the amount of the mortgage shall be based upon the sum of the estimated cost of repair and rehabilitation and the Commissioner's estimate of the value of the property before repair and rehabilitation rather than upon the Commissioner's estimate of the replacement cost: Provided further, That in no case involving refinancing shall such mortgage exceed such estimated cost of repair and rehabilitation and the amount (as determined by the Commissioner) required to refinance existing indebtedness secured by the property or project"; (2) striking out "mortgage insurance" in subsection (a) and inserting in lieu thereof "loan and mortgage insurance"; and (3) adding at the end thereof the following subsection: " (h)(1) To assist further in the conservation, improvement, repair, and rehabilitation of property located in the area of an urban renewal project, as provided in paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of this section, the Commissioner is authorized upon such terms and conditions as he may prescribe to make commitments to insure and to insure home improvement loans (including advances during construction or improvement) made by financial institutions on and after the date of enactment of the Housing Act of 1961. As used in this subsection, 'home improvement loan' means a loan, advance of credit, or purchase of an obligation representing a loan or advance of credit made for the purpose of financing the improvement of an existing structure (or in connection with an existing structure) which was constructed not less than ten years prior to the making of such loan, advance, or purchase, and which is used or will be used primarily for residential purposes: Provided, That a home improvement loan shall incude a loan, advance, or purchase with respect to the improvement of a structure which was constructed less than ten years prior to the making of such loan, advance, or purchase if the proceeds are or will be used primarily for major structural improvements, or to correct defects which were not known at the time of the completion of the structure or which were caused by fire, flood, windstorm, or other casualty; 'improvement' means conservation, repair, restoration, rehabilitation, conversion, alteration, enlargement, or remodeling; and 'financial institution' means a lender approved by the Commissioner as eligible for insurance 12 USC 1703. under section 2 or a mortgagee approved under section 203(b)(1).