Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tenant-in-Common Interests are Securities

On January 14, the SEC issued a no-action letter to OMNI Brokerage, Inc., Argus Realty Investors, L.P., and PASSCO Companies, LLC regarding their tenant in common interest program. The SEC said no to the "no action."
"Based on the facts presented, the Division disagrees with your view that the proposed offer and sale of undivided tenant in common interests pursuant to the Master Lease Transactions and Property Management Transactions (each as defined in your letter) do not involve securities within the meaning of Section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933. As a result, the Division is unable to assure you that it would not recommend enforcement action to the Commission unless such offers and sales are registered under the Securities Act or exempt from registration."
TIC sponsors will need to revisit their platform if they have not been treating their TIC interests like securities. In an article in National Real Estate Investor, Beth Mattson-Teig points out that the no-action letter is limited to the specific facts presented in the request for confirmation: SEC Confirms TICs as Securities.


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