June 19, 2017
Real Estate Alert
Real Estate Alert
The New York Attorney General’s Real Estate Finance Bureau recently issued updated disclosure requirements for New York City coop and condo offering plans to ensure sponsors comply with the renewed FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order.
According to an official press release by the United State Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the purpose of the renewal order is to eliminate illicit financial flow of money in the real estate sector by identifying the natural person behind shell companies that buy real estate, oftentimes in “all cash” transactions.
The February 23, 2017 order expands the geographic reach to six major metropolitan areas, including all boroughs in New York City. The reporting requirements kick in based upon the price threshold of the transactions—$3,000,000 for Manhattan, and $1,500,000 for the rest of New York City (i.e., Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island).
Given the price of real estate in New York City, the FinCEN order is likely to touch and concern a high percentage of real estate transactions in the city. And for sponsor sales of coops and condos under the Martin Act, the NYAG now requires additional disclosure in the offering plan.
According to the June 6, 2017 guidance memo issued by the NYAG, every active offering plan must disclose that, in New York City, title companies are required to report the identity of purchasers in residential real estate transactions when:
Any offering plan not yet accepted for filing by the NYAG must include the required disclosure. Otherwise, existing offering plans must include the disclosure at the time of the next amendment to the offering plan.
Offering plans should disclose the FinCEN order-required buyer identifications, and sponsors’ counsel should obtain the proper tax forms (i.e., W-9, W-8BEN or W-8BEN-E) from purchasers before any down payment or custom work deposits are accepted.
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