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I am opening a new business and the bank has required me to use the SBA for the loan. In order to start the business sooner I have paid out of pocket and off of my current lines of credit to start my new business and we should be opening within a few weeks. The SBA paperwork is horrendous and time consuming. I paid out of pocket to get things rolling while the SBA was being processed. I am now approved for the loan but now the SBA is requiring that I have environmental studies done on all of my commercial properties and also that I have seismic studies done on my new businesses location even though I don't own the building. They also want me to have the contractors bonded even though we are just a few weeks away from finishing. These requirements are going to cost me over 100k. The other problem is that one of my commercial properties they want as collateral was used as a dry cleaners for years. I have been told by the company that does the environmental study that it will most likely fail. This property is only about 1% of the collateral needed. I would like to find a way to get the SBA to release it, but they won't budge. I'm looking for a way to bypass all of these regulations if possible. Is there any lawyers that work with SBA and real estate that can give me some guidance on this? Thank You.

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

My new business is in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. My commercial properties that the SBA want for collateral are in Missouri and Arkansas.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

None. I am considering putting my commercial property into a trust or selling them to some family member so that I maintain control. I'm not sure what to do.

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I am so sorry to read about your difficulties.

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Unfortunately, SBA is unlikely to grant a variance in the case. I am speaking as someone who used to work at the agency.

I am sorry that I do not have better news for you.

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