FHA Condo Approval Specialist: What Condominium Leasing Restrictions Are Allowed by FHA?

What Condominium Leasing Restrictions Are Allowed by FHA?

What Condominium Leasing Restrictions Are Allowed by FHA?

FHA-allowed leasing restrictions in condominiums has been a hot topic as of late.  As we all know, a condominium’s legal governing documents may place restrictions on the leasing of units in the condominium.  These restrictions can vary greatly and recently HUD clarified what is and is not allowable.

[For information on the background of why certain restrictions are not allowed, you can follow THIS LINK to an article about 24CFR203.41.]

During the roundtable session that Eric attended in late August, the facilitator offered this broad statement:

“If the homeowners association has approval authority of a unit owner’s ability to lease his/her unit either directly or indirectly, the condominium is ineligible for project approval with FHA.”

During the ensuing discussion, the following clarifications were offered.

Allowable Leasing Restrictions

The association can

  • Restrict total number of units that can be rented at any given time

  • Restrict the total percentage of units that may be leased at any given time

  • Create a hardship clause for exception to the first two above

  • Require that the Board be provided with a copy of the lease

  • Require that the lease must be in writing

  • Request the names of the tenants

  • Require that the lease conforms to the legal governing documents of the association

  • Set minimum and maximum lease periods

  • Require unit owner to check the Registered Sex Offenders list

  • Require rent to be assigned to association if the unit owner is delinquent in the payment of his/her common charges

  • Provide corporate leasing restrictions

  • Require Board of review of lease [May not require Board approval of lease]

  • Require that the lease be on a specific form

Non-allowable Leasing Restrictions

The association cannot

  • Outright restrict leasing of all units (at least one unit in the condominium must be allowed to be leased) [**See Note below]

  • Require that the unit owner inhabit the unit for a period of time prior to being allowed to lease the unit

  • Require Board/HOA approval of lease

  • Require Board/HOA approval of modifications to, alterations of, amendments to or extensions of lease

  • Be granted automatic power of attorney by the unit owner upon purchase of or the leasing of a unit

  • Restrict a unit owner’s ability to lease if delinquent in the payment of common charges

  • Require potential tenant to sit/interview with the Board

  • Require credit references

  • Require criminal background checks (except for Registered Sex Offenders list)

  • Require Board/HOA approval of tenant

  • Have the power to void leases (leases cannot be voidable by a third party)

  • Allow transient leasing

  • Allow accommodations typically associated with a hotel, such as maid or front desk service.

**NOTE: There are two exceptions where an association can outright restrict leasing: age-restricted communities and condominiums where 100% of the units are under Affordable Housing restriction.

If you have specific leasing restriction questions, please contact us.  We would be happy to answer any of your questions on this matter.  approvals@readysetloan.com


The Condominium Project Approval Team at ReadySetLoan is dedicated to helping condominium projects across the nation to obtain their approvals with FHA and the VA or become recertified with FHA.  We have assisted nearly 200 condominiums and we can help your association.


ReadySetLoan is an active member of the Connecticut and New England chapters of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and is a frequent contributor to Common Interest Magazine as an expert in FHA/VA condominium project approvals.


Please contact us with any questions regarding FHA or VA condominium project approvals.  You can email me at askeric@readysetloan.com or call me at 404-433-4565. I will be happy to answer any of your questions.


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Comment balloon 6 commentsReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team • September 16 2015 11:02AM


Hi Eric Boucher , For those who are looking for Condos,  They need to read your blog.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 5 years ago

Hi Eric.  These restrictions can severely reduce what an owner can do with their property.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 5 years ago

Thank you very much Larry.  I try to stay "cutting edge".

Which is certain why FHA won't insure loans on units with these restrictions, Conrad Allen 

Posted by ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC) over 5 years ago

Eric, this is a terrific list. I've managed condo associations as well as homeowner associations. The condo associations like to control who moves in, so no wonder your post is making the rounds with condo associations and attorneys offices. Do you have a similar checklist for condo sales?

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Great information for the condo buying client to know Eric...thank you for sharing your knowledge here for all of us.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Eric it has been a while...clearly great advice... unfortunately in my market most Condominiums are not FHA Certified... and I suspect there is a reason...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 5 years ago