March 9, 2021

RBI proposes new guidelines for housing finance firms – enterprise information



The Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI) on Wednesday proposed to tighten the foundations governing house financiers, together with placing restrictions on lending to builders and doubling the minimal internet owned funds criterion.

The regulator’s proposal has additionally clearly outlined house finance corporations and people which can be systemically essential amongst them. RBI has additionally proposed that house financiers shouldn’t be concurrently allowed to lend to an actual property developer in addition to homebuyers within the developer’s challenge.

The proposed modifications within the guidelines have come following RBI’s taking on because the regulator of mortgage lenders from Nationwide Housing Financial institution (NHB) in August 2019. Following the evaluation of the foundations, house financiers will now be regulated as a class of non-banking monetary firms.

Beneath the NHB rules, there was no formal definition of housing finance. Within the draft framework launched on its web site, RBI stated housing finance will now imply “financing, for buy/building/reconstruction/ renovation/ repairs of residential dwelling unit …” and another actions, together with giving loans to corporates and authorities companies for worker housing tasks.

“All different loans, together with these given for furnishing dwelling items, loans given towards mortgage of property for any objective aside from shopping for/building of a brand new dwelling unit/s or renovation of the prevailing dwelling unit/s, shall be handled as non-housing loans,” stated RBI.

In line with the draft rules, RBI additionally categorized housing finance firms as systemically essential and non-systemically essential. “Non-deposit taking HFCs with asset dimension of ₹500 crore and above; and all deposit taking HFCs no matter asset dimension shall be handled as systemically essential HFCs. HFCs with asset dimension beneath ₹500 crore shall be handled as non-systemically essential HFCs,” in accordance with the proposed rules.

“RBI’s bulletins on draft regulatory modifications for HFCs sharpen the definition of what’s ‘housing finance’ or ‘offering finance for housing’ to residential dwellings. It additionally supplies reduction to residential builders as lending to builders for building of residential dwelling items is allowed on this definition,” stated Srinath Sridharan, a banking sector knowledgeable. “Additionally, with a number of different tightening of rules, I anticipate the valuation-driven starvation for HFC licences over the previous few years will ebb. Solely severe gamers will keep on this trade.”