An update to Department of Veterans Affairs Form 26-1820 (Cx52) was announced in VA Circular 26-12-9, dated November 9, 2012. In cases where a Veteran is unable to occupy the property because of his/her active duty status as a member of the Armed Forces, certification of occupancy by the Veteran’s spouse is sufficient. Under Public Law (P.L.) 112-154, the occupancy requirement is also considered met if a dependent child occupies, or will occupy, the property as a home and the Veteran’s attorney-in-fact or the dependent child’s legal guardian makes the occupancy certification. VA amended their “Report and Certification of Loan Disbursement” to accommodate dependent child occupancy.
The following two options were added to 27. “b. Occupancy:” as items 3 and 6:
“The veteran is on active military duty and in his or her absence, I certify that a dependent child of the veteran occupies or will occupy the property securing this loan as their home. (NOTE: this requires that the veteran’s attorney-in-fact or legal guardian of the dependent child sign in Item 31.)”
“While the veteran was on active military duty and unable to occupy the property securing this loan, the property was occupied by the veteran’s dependent child as his or her home. (For interest rate reduction loans.) (NOTE: this requires that the veteran’s attorney-in-fact or legal guardian of the dependent child sign in Item 31.)”
This update will take effect on December 25, 2012. If you have any questions or concerns about this update, please contact Client Support at 1.800.497.3584.
December 18, 2012