Did the tenants in your IRA-Owned property pay rent this month?
Nearly a third of U.S. apartment renters didn’t pay any of their April rent during the first week of the month, according to new data to be released April 8, 2020 by the National Multifamily Housing Council and a consortium of real-estate data providers. You can check out their Rent Payment Tracker HERE.
Be aware of the IRA property management rules for your state, county, and city
How can you help the tenants in your IRA-Owned properties? Here are some of the steps you can take and IRA property management tips:
- Take stock of the situation. Consider the tenant’s payment history
- Call or visit the renter. Get in touch quickly to find out why they didn’t pay the rent
- Pay or quit notice. In most states, your IRA’s property manager can serve the delinquent tenant a pay or quit notice as soon as the rent is past due
- Pay the tenant to move out
- Ask the tenant to investigate housing assistance programs
- The tenant can check with their employer to find out if they have any unused Sick-Pay (PTO) to or if they can take a 401(k) plan loan to provide additional funds for rent.
- If there is no eviction moratorium then that is an option.
With IRA property management, it is important to remember, all expenses of the IRA need to be paid for by the IRA. These expenses include eviction proceedings if necessary and include any loan servicing costs if your IRA holds the note on the property.
Contributing to Your IRA
During these uncertain times, if you find your IRA running short remember the 2020 contribution limits were raised. For Traditional and Roth IRAs, you can contribute $6,000 if you are under 50 and $7,000 if you are 50+, should you qualify to do so.
So far there are no government loan programs that IRA-owners can take advantage of. The SBA loans being made to businesses cannot be made to an IRA or 401(k) accounts because IRAs are not “Eligible Entities”
If your IRA has a non-recourse loan on a property, check with your lender about any leniency they are willing to extend on the repayment of loans during this crisis. Perhaps they will be willing to add the payment to the “back of the loan” and extend the maturity date.
Check with a component tax or legal expert when making decisions regarding your Self-Directed IRA.