Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC Law Provides Updated Guidance on SBA’s PPP Economic Necessity Certification, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

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The markets have largely been sliding for three days. As stunning as it may have sounded a mere 60 to 90 days ago, there are those who think that the markets are overpriced.

But the focus tonight is more on the small businesses that are found on Main Street than on Wall Street.

Tonight’s featured focus is the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC has told MHProNews today that certain new guidance today should set millions of SBA PPP loan recipients at ease.

However, CNN reports that there are other hoops that SBA PPP loan recipients need to keep in mind if they want the loan to be ‘forgiven.’

Those items will be our featured focus. They are found beyond our signature left-right media headlines, standard business nightly thought-provoking fare, and our standard market snapshots. Note to our growing numbers of new readers: manufactured housing industry connected equities are found beyond the related reports.


Quotes That Shed Light…

The quote by President Obama is often agreed to by people on either side of that left-right media divide. Not only in politics, but also with respect to manufactured housing, there is a need to challenge the narrative spun by the so-called Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies. Not only must the prevailing narrative be challenged, it must be repeatedly challenged, because efforts at manipulation and propaganda are arguably ongoing too.




Understanding media bias is useful to sifting through possibly hidden agendas.




Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

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CNN Business today said the following.

  • These small business owners got PPP loans, but they’re afraid to use them
  • Many small business ownerswho received loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program say the program’s rules are forcing them to make a difficult decision: Either take on more debt or spend money in ways that don’t actually benefit their business.
  • “It’s a catch-22,” said Rick Schmutzler, founder of GYM Sportsbar, with locations in New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.
  • At issue is a key rule that says in order for a PPP loan to be forgiven, a small business owner must spend at least 75% of it on payroll expenses in the first eight weeks of the loan. The remaining 25% may be spent on mortgage interest, rent, utilities and interest on other business-related debt obligations.
  • That means for businesses that had to shutter and let employees go, they must rehire their workers — many of whom just started receiving unemployment benefits — and pay them for eight weeks even though there is no work for them to do. Then one of two things will happen: the business won’t be allowed to reopen yet and its employees will have to go back on unemployment; or the business may reopen, but have a hard time paying employees because it’s unlikely to turn a profit quickly.
  • If the business doesn’t spend the money according to the rules, they must pay back whatever portion of the loan isn’t forgiven at a 1% interest rate over two years.


That’s just one set of issues for already stressed small business owners to ponder. On the bright side, another prior concern may have just had a ray of sunshine.


On May 13, 2020, Levenfeld Pearlstein law-firm told MHProNews via a media release the following. Quoting:

  • The SBA issued new FAQ#46 this morning, which clarified that PPP loans under $2 million will automatically be deemed to meet the economic necessity certification. For loans over $2 million, if during the course of the SBAs audit of that loan they determine that a borrower does not have an adequate basis for the economic necessity certification, if the borrower repays the loan, the SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement with respect to the economic necessity certification.
  • The full text of FAQ#46 is reproduced below (emphasis added) and a link to the FAQ page is here.


QuoteMarkManufacturedHomeLivingNews“FAQ#46 – Question: How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?

Answer: When submitting a PPP application, all borrowers must certify in good faith that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” SBA, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has determined that the following safe harbor will apply to SBA’s review of PPP loans with respect to this issue: Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith. SBA has determined that this safe harbor is appropriate because borrowers with loans below this threshold are generally less likely to have had access to adequate sources of liquidity in the current economic environment than borrowers that obtained larger loans. This safe harbor will also promote economic certainty as PPP borrowers with more limited resources endeavor to retain and rehire employees. In addition, given the large volume of PPP loans, this approach will enable SBA to conserve its finite audit resources and focus its reviews on larger loans, where the compliance effort may yield higher returns. Importantly, borrowers with loans greater than $2 million that do not satisfy this safe harbor may still have an adequate basis for making the required good-faith certification, based on their individual circumstances in light of the language of the certification and SBA guidance. SBA has previously stated that all PPP loans in excess of $2 million, and other PPP loans as appropriate, will be subject to review by SBA for compliance with program requirements set forth in the PPP Interim Final Rules and in the Borrower Application Form. If SBA determines in the course of its review that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request, SBA will seek repayment of the outstanding PPP loan balance and will inform the lender that the borrower is not eligible for loan forgiveness. If the borrower repays the loan after receiving notification from SBA, SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies based on its determination with respect to the certification concerning necessity of the loan request. SBA’s determination concerning the certification regarding the necessity of the loan request will not affect SBA’s loan guarantee.”


Prior reports on the SBA PPP, small business issues and related are linked below.

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