Emergency Rental Assistance Program: 2020 Act vs. 2021 Act

March 26, 2021    

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, which passed in the U.S. Senate by a narrow 50-49 vote on March 6 and in the U.S. House of Representatives by a 220-211 vote on March 10, signifies the Biden...

Protect Cash Flow When Accepting Credit Card Rent Payments

July 3, 2012    

To get an edge over your competition and reduce the hassles associated with collecting rent, you may be considering letting residents pay their rent by credit card. While accepting credit card rent payments is generally a reliable way to get paid, there are some precautions you should take...

Basing Rent on Number of Bedrooms

February 9, 2012    

Q My company is about to manage a new tax credit site. We heard that tax credit managers can choose to base the rent for a low-income unit on either the size of the household that occupies the unit or the number of bedrooms in the unit. Is this true?...

How to Raise Rents When Households Go Over-Income

November 8, 2011    

Suppose that, a few months after determining that a tax credit household is over-income, you've rented enough units to satisfy the next available unit (NAU) rule. If your lease doesn't give you the right to raise the over-income household's rent once you've complied with the NAU...

How to Determine Absentee Status of Resident Confined to Hospital or Nursing Home

September 21, 2011    

When one of your tax credit residents gets confined to a hospital or nursing home, you must decide whether the absence is temporary or permanent. This is due to the fact that a household member's temporary or permanent absence will determine whether you must count her income when you...

How to Avoid Noncompliance After Realizing You've Overcharged Rent

September 21, 2011    

It's easy to make a mistake when calculating the rent you charge low-income households at your tax credit site. For instance, a staff member might have made an error in arithmetic when adding a household's utility allowance, or staff may have used the income limits for the wrong...

Setting Rent for Section 8 Resident in Tax Credit Unit

April 11, 2010    

Q How can a low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) site owner collect rent that is above the area median income rent when the resident is receiving Section 8 in a tax credit unit?

A The tax credit...

Collect Extra Fee for Returned Checks

March 8, 2009    

Every time a resident bounces a check, it drives up your site's costs. The penalty fees charged for depositing bad checks averaged $28.95 last year—an all-time high, according to a survey published by Add to that...