FAQs on FSCO's Forms Relating to Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage Transactions

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Questions about all three forms

 

1. When do I need to start using the three forms to complete non-qualified syndicated mortgage transactions?

 

For any non-qualified syndicated mortgage transaction closing on or after July 1, 2018, mortgage brokerages must complete the following three forms:

 

  • Form 3.0 – Investor/Lender Information for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage (Form 3.0 – Investor/Lender Information)
  • Form 3.1 – Suitability Assessment for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage (Form 3.1 – Suitability Assessment)
  • Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage (Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement)

The forms, FAQs and checklists are available on FSCO’s website.

 

2. What forms should I use to complete transactions in all other mortgages that do not meet the definition of a non-qualified mortgage, i.e., qualified syndicated mortgages and mortgages funded by one lender?

 

The existing Forms 1, 1.1 and 1.2 continue to apply and must be used for mortgages funded by one lender and for qualified syndicated mortgages as defined in s. 1.(2) of Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 188/08. There is no change to the forms that are required for these types of mortgages.   

 

3. I have a non-qualified syndicated mortgage investment that is coming up for renewal. What forms should I use?

 

Starting July 1, 2018, each re-investment or rolling over of funds that comes due is considered a new investment/loan in the non-qualified syndicated mortgage and not a renewal. The forms (Form 3.0 – Investor/Lender Information, Form 3.1 – Suitability Assessment and Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement) must be used to complete all non-qualified syndicated mortgages transactions.

 

4. Do the forms need to be completed in any particular order?

 

Yes. Complete Form 3.0 – Investor/Lender Information and Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement before completing Form 3.1 – Suitability Assessment. Form 3.1 should only be completed after considering information collected in Form 3.0 and Form 3.2.

 

5. How often should the forms be completed?

 

All three forms must be completed for every transaction relating to a non-qualified syndicated mortgage investment on or after July 1, 2018.

 

6. Who did FSCO consult with to develop the forms?

 

FSCO consulted with industry associations and members of FSCO’s Mortgage Broker Industry Working Group.

 

7. What should I do if I have a question about the forms relating to non-qualified syndicated mortgage transactions?

 

Mortgage brokers should seek direction from their principal broker. Investors/lenders can ask their mortgage brokerage for assistance and/or seek independent legal advice to better understand their investment. All parties can also contact FSCO.

 

 

Questions about Form 3.0[PDF Document] Size: ## kb​* – Investor/Lender Information for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage

 

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8. Why did FSCO create Form 3.0 Investor/Lender Information for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage?

 

Pursuant to O. Reg. 188/08 s. 24.1(1), mortgage brokerages are required to take reasonable steps and make all necessary inquiries to establish the identity of prospective investors/lenders and obtain a solid understanding of their financial circumstances, investment needs and objectives, risk tolerance, level of financial knowledge, investment experience, relationship with the mortgage brokerage (if any) and any other relevant factors. Completing Form 3.0 is necessary to ensure that mortgage brokerages have sufficient information to “know their client”.

 

Mortgage brokerages must know their client in order to be able to perform a meaningful assessment as to whether or not the investor/lender is eligible to invest in or loan money in respect of a non-qualified syndicated mortgage, and to determine if the syndicated mortgage investment is suitable for the investor/lender.

 

Completion of Form 3.0 – Investor/Lender Information will assist mortgage brokerages with the collection, understanding and documentation of the required information about the client. Mortgage brokerages must engage in a meaningful dialogue with prospective investors/lenders to complete the information form.

 

9. Who should complete Form 3.0 - Investor/Lender Information for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage?

 

The mortgage brokerage (i.e., broker) must complete the form with the information provided by the lender/investor. The form must be signed by both the mortgage broker and the investor/lender, who signs to attest to the accuracy and completeness of the information in the form.

 

 

Questions about Form 3.1[PDF Document] Size: ## kb​* – Suitability Assessment for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage

 

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10. Why did FSCO create Form 3.1 Suitability Assessment for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage?

 

The obligation to assess the “suitability” of a mortgage product for a prospective investor/lender is one of the most fundamental legal obligations owed by mortgage brokerages to such persons, and a cornerstone of the consumer protection regime in the Mortgage Brokerages, Lenders and Administrators Act, 2006.

 

Conducting a suitability assessment requires that the mortgage brokerage understands both the product it intends to recommend and the prospective investor/lender. The suitability obligation requires a mortgage brokerage to “know its client” before it can assess whether a proposed investment/loan in a non-qualified syndicated mortgage is “suitable” for the investor/lender. It requires mortgage brokerages to take reasonable steps, make all necessary inquiries and engage in meaningful dialogue with prospective investors/lenders to obtain a detailed understanding of their financial circumstances, investment needs and objectives, risk tolerance, level of financial knowledge, investment experience, relationship with the mortgage brokerage (if any) and any other relevant factors. Assessing suitability is more than a mechanical fact-finding or “tick the box” exercise.

 

Once a mortgage brokerage has obtained sufficient information to “know its client”, and the prospective investor/lender is otherwise eligible, the mortgage brokerage can then form an opinion as to the suitability of the proposed syndicated mortgage investment, as described in Form 3.2, for that investor/lender. The mortgage brokerage must document that opinion, including the basis for it. The mortgage broker should only present suitable mortgage investment to the investor/lender.

 

11. Who should complete Form 3.1 Suitability Assessment for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage?

 

The mortgage brokerage (i.e., broker) must complete Form 3.1 – Suitability Assessment and provide a copy of the form to the prospective investor/lender who is considering an investment in a mortgage. The mortgage broker should complete this form based on discussions with the investor/lender. The mortgage broker should review the form thoroughly with the investor/lender before the parties sign/initial the form.

 

 

Questions about Form 3.2[PDF Document] Size: ## kb​* – Disclosure Statement for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage

 

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12. Why did FSCO create Form 3.2 Disclosure Statement for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage?

 

The Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement provides important information to assist the prospective investor/lender in making a decision about whether to accept the non-qualified syndicated mortgage proposed by the mortgage brokerage.

 

The mortgage brokerage is required by law to provide the prospective investor/lender with a completed Form 3.2 - Disclosure Statement at a minimum two business days before the investor/lender commits to invest/lend. Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement and the supporting documents are not intended to provide a comprehensive list of factors to consider in making a decision concerning this investment.

 

13. Who should complete the Form 3.2 Disclosure Statement Statement for Investor/Lender in a Non-qualified Syndicated Mortgage?

 

The mortgage brokerage (i.e., broker) must complete Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement and provide a copy of the form to the prospective investor/lender who is considering a non-qualified syndicated mortgage investment. The form must be signed by both the mortgage broker and the investor/lender, who signs to acknowledge receipt of the completed form.

 

14. Does the mortgage brokerage need to complete Form 3.2 Disclosure Statement Statement for Investor/Lender for each transaction in a non-qualified syndicated mortgage?

 

Yes, the mortgage brokerage needs to complete Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement for each transaction in a non-qualified syndicated mortgage. Borrowers/developers may raise funds through non-qualified syndicated mortgages in phases/stages. If this is the case, each phase/stage is considered a separate syndicated mortgage transaction that requires completion of a new or separate Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement.

 

If, however, a borrower/developer raises the total amount of funds required in a single syndicated mortgage, but the funds are held in trust or by a mortgage administrator and are advanced to the borrower/developer only as the borrower/developer meets prescribed milestones/requirements, such advances would not be considered separate syndicated mortgages and would not require completion of a new or separate Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement.

 

15. What is the definition of a business day?

 

According to O. Reg. 188/08 [New Window] under the Mortgage Brokerages, Lenders and Administrators Act, 2006, a business day is defined as a day that is not a Saturday or a holiday. (Note that Sundays are defined as holidays.) That means that business days are Monday to Friday, with the exception of any statutory holidays.

 

16. Can the two-day waiting period for disclosures to investors/lenders transacting in non-qualified syndicated mortgages be waived?

 

No, the two-day waiting period cannot be waived pursuant of O. Reg. 188/08 s. 36(3). The waiting period enables the investor/lender to thoroughly review the proposed non-qualified syndicated mortgage and the disclosure statement, and obtain independent legal advice. The information in Form 3.2 – Disclosure Statement must be disclosed to an investor/lender no later than two business days before the investor/lender commits to invest/lend, i.e., two business days before the earliest of the following events:

 

  • The mortgage brokerage receives or enters into an agreement to receive money from the investor/lender
  • The investor/lender enters into a mortgage agreement or an agreement to trade in a mortgage
  • The money is advanced to the borrower under the mortgage
  • The trade completion date.

 
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