Feature Articles

Use Lease Clause When Households Violate Student Rule Mid-Lease

September 28, 2017    

At this time of year, as the academic year starts, it may be a good time to review student eligibility restrictions for the LIHTC program. You probably know that, in general, you can’t rent a low-income unit at your tax credit site to a household that’s made up of full-time students...

Follow Five Dos & Don'ts When Calculating Income of Student Household Members

September 28, 2017    

If you have part-time or full-time students living at your tax credit site, it’s important to know how to calculate their income properly. However, be mindful that all student eligibility requirements are met for your LIHTC site before you consider student income in a household. In other...

Overview of IRS' LIHTC Disaster Relief Provisions

September 28, 2017    

When the President declares a major disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, LIHTC sites are afforded temporary relief from certain requirements of the LIHTC program. As a result of Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey, major disaster declarations have...

Choose Among Four Unit Options for Site’s Model Unit

August 30, 2017    

If you’re like many tax credit managers, you might want to set aside a model unit that you can show to prospects to help “sell” your site. But before you set aside any unit at your tax credit site for this purpose, you must consider what effect your action may have on your...

Avoid Eight Mistakes that Disqualify Low-Income Units

August 30, 2017    

To qualify your site for the tax credit program, you must lease up enough units to qualified low-income households. But those units don’t automatically stay low-income for the rest of the compliance period. As a tax credit site’s manager, you must follow rules to make sure units stay...

Follow Seven Tips When Recertifying Households at Mixed-Income Sites

July 31, 2017    

Generally speaking, if you manage a mixed-income site, you and your staff must recertify all low-income households at the site each year. Failing to meet recertification requirements is a leading cause of noncompliance that can cost the owner its tax credits. But recertification can be a time-...

Four Tips for Estimating Freelance Income Correctly

July 31, 2017    

With the rise of gig economy companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Instacart, you may have noticed more applicants earning money from these companies as independent freelancing contractors. When you’re calculating household income, a “freelancer” presents special challenges....

Implementing Integrated Pest Management

July 14, 2017    

By Carolyn E. Zezima, Esq.

How to Avoid Four Common Timing Mistakes During the Verification Process

June 30, 2017    

To calculate and verify household income at tax credit sites, owners and managers are required to follow the rules set out in HUD Handbook 4350.3 (Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs). Specifically, sections 1 and 3 of Chapter 5 (Determining Income and Calculating...

How to Verify Income from Government Benefits

June 30, 2017    

Many household members get Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or other government benefits. To certify and recertify households correctly, you must count these benefits as part of a household’s income and verify the amounts with the appropriate government agency [HUD...

How to Verify Guarantor's Expected Rent Payments During Certification

May 31, 2017    

Some tax credit sites may require a household to get a third party to sign a lease guaranty if its ability to pay the rent is questionable. In a guaranty, a third party (known as a guarantor) becomes legally responsible for the rent in case the household doesn’t pay. And sometimes, a...

Have Leasing Agents Follow Six Dos & Don’ts to Avoid Noncompliance

May 31, 2017    

Good leasing agents can help you fill vacancies quickly with qualified households. But if your agents don’t know enough about the tax credit law, they can also create problems. For instance, there’s no way to know whether prospects are eligible until you’ve calculated and...