You may have recently applied for an FHA loan, for example, and were told that you are on CAIVRS. What is CAIVRS and can you get off the list?
What Is CAIVRS?
CAIVRS refers to the Credit Alert Verification Reporting System. Only the government could add an extra "I" to the acronym. CAIVRS was developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in June 1987 as a shared database of defaulted Federal debtors, and enables processors of applications for Federal credit benefit to identify individuals who are in default or have had claims paid on direct or guaranteed Federal loans, or are delinquent or other debts owed to Federal agencies. This means, for instance, that if you apply for an FHA loan, a loan guaranteed by the government, you will be denied when you turn up on CAIVRS.
What Does the Law Say About CAIVRS?
Pursuant to federal law, a person may not obtain any Federal financial assistance in the form of a loan or loan insurance or guarantee administered by the agency if the person has an outstanding debt (other than a debt under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) with any Federal agency which is in a delinquent status, as determined under standards prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury. Such a person may obtain additional loans or loan guarantees only after such delinquency is resolved in accordance with those standards.
A person owing an outstanding non-tax debt that is in delinquent status shall not be eligible for Federal financial assistance. This eligibility requirement applies to all persons seeking Federal financial assistance and owing an outstanding non-tax debt in delinquent status, including, but not limited to, guarantors. If you have defaulted on an SBA loan, you probably signed a personal guarantee. This eligibility requirement applies to all Federal financial assistance even if creditworthiness or credit history is not otherwise a factor for eligibility purposes, e.g., student loans. A person may be eligible for Federal financial assistance only after the delinquency is resolved. An agency may waive this eligibility requirement.
How Can I Get Off CAIVRS?
If you find that you are on CAIVRS you may have some options to be released. The first option, of course, is to pay the debt. Once the debt is paid, it is no longer delinquent.
Obtain a waiver from the originating agency. Thus, if you have a defaulted SBA loan in your past, you can apply to the agency you are seeking assistance from to waive the problem.
Lastly, you can show that the debt is not delinquent as a matter of law. A debt is in "delinquent status" if the debt has not been paid within 90 days of the payment due date. The payment due date is the date specified in the creditor agency's initial written demand for payment or applicable agreement or instrument (including a post-delinquency repayment agreement). Certain exceptions legal exceptions apply to the definition of "delinquent status" which may enable you to be removed from CAIVRS.
You Can Defeat CAIVRS
If you have been placed on CAIVRS and are preventing for obtaining government backed loans or assistance, you may be released.
Schedule a free case evaluation today to determine your eligibility.