Are CMBS Loans Non-Recourse?

Non-Recourse CMBS Loans Limit Borrower Liability

Fortunately for borrowers, the vast majority of CMBS loans are non-recourse. This means that if a borrower defaults on their loan, the lender cannot attempt to repossess their property in order to get compensation for their loss. However, just like most other types of non-recourse commercial real estate financing, CMBS loans are typically subject to standard bad boy carve outs.

What are Bad Boy Carve Outs?

A bad boy carve out is a clause in the loan agreement that provides specific conditions, such as fraud, under which a loan may actually become full-recourse. For example, if a CMBS borrower misrepresented their financial strength during the loan application process, and later defaulted on the loan, the lender/investors might be able to go after the borrower’s personal property in order to compensate themselves for their financial loss.

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