We audited RMS & Associates’ Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan origination because it was one of the top lenders that originated FHA-insured loans with downpayment assistance from the City of Las Vegas. A previous U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD OIG), audit (Evergreen Home Loans, 2016-LA-1011) found that Evergreen originated FHA-insured loans in connection with the City of Las Vegas' downpayment assistance program that contained prohibited legal restrictions on conveyance.
RMS improperly originated FHA loans for 49 properties that contained prohibited restrictive covenants. This condition occurred because RMS did not have adequate policies and procedures in place to identify the prohibited restrictive covenants. As a result, RMS placed the FHA fund at unnecessary risk for potential losses of more than $2.4 million. In addition, HUD paid partial claims on 2 of the 49 active loans, resulting in actual losses of $26,242.
We recommend that the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing require RMS to (1) work with HUD to nullify the restrictions on conveyance that violate HUD policy or indemnify HUD against future losses of $2.4 million for the 49 loans; (2) repay HUD $26,242 for partial claims paid on two FHA loans that contained prohibited restrictive covenants; (3) develop and implement policies and procedures to identify prohibited restrictions on conveyance to ensure that it does not originate FHA loans with prohibited restrictive covenants; (4) provide training to its employees regarding HUD’s requirements related to prohibited restrictions on conveyance. We also recommend that HUD’s Associate General Counsel for Program Enforcement pursue civil and administrative remedies, if legally sufficient.