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TITLE 7BANKING AND SECURITIES
PART 5OFFICE OF CONSUMER CREDIT COMMISSIONER
CHAPTER 89PROPERTY TAX LENDERS
SUBCHAPTER EDISCLOSURES
RULE §89.504Requirements for Disclosure Statement to Property Owner

(a) Required elements. A disclosure statement under Texas Tax Code, §32.06(a-4)(1) to be provided to a property owner before the execution of a tax lien transfer must contain the following required elements:

  (1) the title "Property Tax Loan Pre-Closing Disclosure" at the top of each page;

  (2) the property owner's name and the address of the property;

  (3) the property tax lender's name, principal business address, and OCCC license number;

  (4) for a residential property loan, the name and NMLS unique identifier of the individual residential mortgage loan originator;

  (5) the closing date;

  (6) a section labeled "Loan Terms" containing the following:

    (A) the funds advanced under Texas Tax Code, §32.06(e), which are limited to the taxes, penalties, interest, and collection costs paid as shown on the tax receipt, expenses paid to record the lien, reasonable closing costs, and any amount to pay off an existing property tax loan in the case of a refinance, and may not include any prepaid interest, labeled "Loan Amount (funds advanced on your behalf)";

    (B) the contract interest rate described on the promissory note or loan agreement, labeled "Interest Rate (loan contract rate)";

    (C) the term of the property tax loan in months, labeled "Loan Term";

    (D) the monthly payment amount, labeled "Monthly Payment";

    (E) the number, amounts, and timing of payments scheduled to repay the property tax loan, labeled "Payment Schedule"; and

    (F) one of the following statements, labeled "Prepayment":

      (i) for any residential property tax loan, or for a commercial property tax loan that does not have a prepayment penalty, the following statement: "You can pay off the loan at any time without a penalty."

      (ii) for a commercial property tax loan that has a prepayment penalty, an explanation of the amount of the prepayment penalty such as: "If you prepay the loan within two years, you will pay a prepayment penalty as high as $________.";

  (7) for a residential property tax loan, a section labeled "Loan Calculations" containing the following:

    (A) the annual percentage rate, labeled "APR (cost of loan as a yearly rate)";

    (B) the amount financed, labeled "Amount Financed (amount of loan used for APR)";

    (C) the finance charge, labeled "Finance Charge (loan cost used for APR)"; and

    (D) the total of payments, labeled "Total of Payments";

  (8) a section labeled "Loan Amount Itemization" containing the following:

    (A) a subsection labeled "Amounts paid to taxing units" listing:

      (i) the total amount that the property tax lender will pay to taxing units or governmental entities for unpaid taxes, penalties, interest, and collection costs as shown on the tax receipt;

      (ii) the name of each taxing unit or governmental entity to which the property tax lender will disburse an amount shown on the tax receipt; and

      (iii) the amount to be disbursed to each taxing unit or governmental entity;

    (B) a subsection labeled "Closing costs" listing:

      (i) the total amount of closing costs;

      (ii) the total amount of closing costs paid to or retained by the property tax lender, labeled "Costs to lender"; and

      (iii) for each portion of the closing costs paid to a third party, a description of the cost, the name of the third party, and the amount of the cost;

    (C) a subsection labeled "Recording costs" listing:

      (i) the total amount of expenses to record the lien or liens;

      (ii) the name of each governmental unit to which the property tax lender will pay an expense to record a lien; and

      (iii) the amount to be paid to each governmental unit for recording expenses;

    (D) in the case of a refinance of an existing property tax loan, a subsection labeled "Refinance of current property tax loan" listing:

      (i) the total of amounts to pay off any existing property tax loan or loans;

      (ii) the name of each property tax lender to which an amount will be paid to pay off an existing property tax loan; and

      (iii) the amount to be paid to each property tax lender to pay off an existing property tax loan;

  (9) for any property tax loan in which the lender will charge prepaid interest, including per diem interest or discount points, a section labeled "Prepaid Interest" containing the following:

    (A) the total amount of prepaid interest that the property tax lender will charge, expressed as a dollar amount, labeled "Total prepaid interest (not included in loan amount)";

    (B) if the property tax lender will charge per diem interest, the total amount of per diem interest expressed as a dollar amount, with a statement of the per diem interest rate and number of days, labeled "Per diem interest (___% per day, ____ days)";

    (C) if the property tax lender will charge discount points, the total amount of discount points expressed as a dollar amount, labeled "Discount points";

  (10) the following notice in boldface type, labeled "Tax Office Notice": "Your tax office may offer delinquent tax installment plans that may be less costly to you. You can request information about the availability of these plans from the tax office."

  (11) a statement that the property owner currently has a lien against the owner's property for unpaid property taxes;

  (12) a statement that the property owner can pay the taxing unit(s) directly;

  (13) a statement that the property owner may authorize that the lien of the taxing unit(s) be transferred to the property tax lender;

  (14) a statement that unless the property owner agrees in writing, the property tax lender may not make the property tax loan;

  (15) a statement that the property tax loan may include unpaid property taxes, penalties, interest, and collection costs paid as shown on the tax receipt;

  (16) a statement that the property tax lender may also assess closing costs and interest not to exceed 18% per year;

  (17) a statement that the property tax loan is superior to any other preexisting lien on the property;

  (18) a statement that if the property is a homestead, disabled persons are entitled to tax deferral under Texas Tax Code, §33.06;

  (19) a statement that there may be alternatives available to the property owner instead of the property tax loan, (e.g., entering into a payment installment agreement with the taxing unit(s), financing options through an existing mortgage lender or other private lenders, borrowing from savings or family members);

  (20) a statement that if the property owner does not pay, the property owner may lose the property;

  (21) a statement that the tax lien may be considered a default by any mortgage holder with a lien on the same property, and the only way to correct the default is to pay off the taxes and have the lien released;

  (22) a statement that any secured loan may be foreclosed if the loan is in default, and the cost of a foreclosure, either tax lien or mortgage, may be added to the amount owed by the property owner;

  (23) the following statement: "For questions or complaints about this loan, contact (insert name of lender) at (insert lender's phone number and, at lender's option, one or more of the following: mailing address, fax number, website, e-mail address). If this does not resolve your question or complaint, you can contact the OCCC:" and the OCCC's address, consumer helpline, website, and consumer complaint email address as follows: 2601 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78705, (800) 538-1579, occc.texas.gov, consumer.complaints@occc.texas.gov;

  (24) a statement that the property owner may seek the advice of an attorney or another third party before signing a property tax loan; and

  (25) a statement that the property owner should ask about the terms of any loan and should read any document before signing it.

(b) Page requirement. The disclosure statement must fit on one standard-size sheet of paper (8 1/2 by 11 inches) printed on both sides, or on two standard sheets of paper printed only on the front sides of each page. A property tax lender may attach additional pages if necessary to disclose additional taxing units, additional third parties receiving closing costs, additional governmental units receiving recording expenses, or additional information regarding amounts to pay off one or more existing property tax loans. The disclosure statement must be delivered in a manner that does not minimize its significance.

(c) Accuracy. All information and amounts on the disclosure statement must be accurate and must correctly reflect the terms of the property tax loan at closing.

  (1) Annual percentage rate. For a residential property tax loan, the annual percentage rate will be considered accurate if it is not more than 1/8 of 1 percentage point above or below the annual percentage rate determined in accordance with §89.502(2) of this title (relating to Definitions).

  (2) Dollar amounts. For purposes of this subsection, a dollar amount on the disclosure will be considered accurate if it is not more than $10 above or below the actual amount charged under the terms of the property tax loan.

  (3) Amended disclosure statement. At any time after delivering the disclosure statement, if the property tax lender learns that any information on the disclosure statement was inaccurate or did not correctly reflect the terms of the loan at closing, then the property tax lender must notify the property owner of the inaccuracy, and must send an amended, accurate disclosure statement to the property owner in a manner described by subsection (d) of this section. The amended disclosure statement must list the date on which it was revised.

    (A) General timing requirement. The property tax lender must provide any amended disclosure statement to the property owner before the property owner executes any promissory note, loan agreement, deed of trust, contract, security deed, or other security instrument.

    (B) Prompt disclosure for certain increased amounts. In addition to complying with subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, the property tax lender must provide the amended disclosure to the property owner promptly after discovering the inaccuracy if the inaccuracy results in:

      (i) an increase of more than $10 to the total of payments, the closing costs, or the amount of any periodic payment, compared to the amount originally disclosed to the property owner; or

      (ii) an increase of more than 1/8 of 1 percentage point to the annual percentage rate, compared to the amount originally disclosed to the property owner for a residential property tax loan.

(d) Delivery.

  (1) Face-to-face interview before closing. In the case of a face-to-face interview, a property tax lender must provide a disclosure statement containing all of the elements outlined by subsection (a) of this section to the property owner at the time of the interview. A property owner present at the interview may sign an acknowledgment verifying receipt of the disclosure statement at that time.

  (2) No face-to-face interview. If there is no face-to-face interview, a licensee must deliver a disclosure statement containing all of the elements outlined by subsection (a) of this section to the owner of the property.

    (A) Method of delivery. The disclosure statement may be delivered by U.S. mail, with prepaid first-class postage, or via facsimile or email if the property owner consents. Alternatively, licensees may deliver the disclosure statement by certified mail with return receipt requested, by using a commercial delivery service with tracking abilities, or by using a courier service.

    (B) Timing of delivery. The disclosure statement must be delivered within three business days from receipt of the property owner's application for a property tax loan, or within three business days from the date that the property tax lender first has knowledge of the property owner's agreement to enter into a property tax loan with the property tax lender.

    (C) Co-applicants. If property owners who are co-applicants provide the same mailing address, one copy delivered to that address is sufficient. If different addresses are shown by co-applicants, a copy must be delivered to each of the co-applicants.

(e) Verification of delivery.

  (1) At time of face-to-face interview before closing. At the time of a face-to-face interview, verification that a disclosure was provided under this section is not required, but may be established by a signed and dated acknowledgment of the property owner obtained at the time of the interview.

  (2) No face-to-face interview. If there is no face-to-face interview, the property tax lender must deliver the disclosure statement to the property owner as prescribed in subsection (d)(2) of this section.

    (A) Verification of delivery by mail. The property tax lender must allow a reasonable period of time for delivery by mail. A period of three calendar days, not including Sundays and federal legal public holidays, constitutes a rebuttable presumption for sufficient mailing and delivery.

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