Posts Tagged ‘Katie Rawson’

To Count or Not to count Child Support, that is the question…

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By Katie Rawson, Compliance Analyst

Recently, I have come across files where management is counting child support although it is not being received.  There is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic. 

When should you count child support income and how much should be counted?  Count the full amount when it is court ordered and received.  Also count it when it is voluntarily given. When court ordered and partially received or received some times and not others, average the amount received in a specific period (the last six months, year, etc., just be consistent) and annualize. 

When would child support NOT be counted?  The 4350.3 Rev 1 states “Owners must count alimony or child support amounts awarded by the court unless the applicant certifies that payments are not being made and that he or she has taken all reasonable legal actions to collect amounts due including filing with the appropriate courts or agencies responsible for enforcing payments.” This means that if there’s a divorce decree with support ordered or if the custodial parent has filed with the court for support, you must count the fully ordered amount whether it’s received or not, unless attempts to collect have been made.  If the Department of Child Services is involved it can be presumed that that agency will seek payment on behalf of the tenant. Payment history that is often supplied by the Department of Child Services should be reviewed for recent payments. If there have been any recent payments then child support income should be counted, averaging if need be as mentioned above. If payments are not received you would not need to count the court ordered support.

Pay Attention during a Physical Inspection

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Written by Katie Rawson, Spectrum Enterprises

When you have an inspector coming out to your property to conduct a physical inspection management should see this as a great opportunity to walk the property and get into some units you may not otherwise enter. Often times management will stay behind during the inspection and send the inspector with only a maintenance person, who may or may not give you a good picture of how the inspection went and the condition of the units.

Bring a notepad and write down any issues you see. Ask the inspector to tell you the issues in each unit as you go. After each unit make sure you have noted the same issues as the inspector. By playing an active role during the inspection, it shows you care and the inspector will be much more likely to point out any issues to you. In addition to bringing a notepad along have maintenance bring a bucket with some extra supplies such as replacement batteries for the smoke detectors, extra smoke detectors, and some basic tools for any easy fixes along the way. This allows for some of the issues to be fixed on the spot, making less work for everyone later.

At some properties with highly organized maintenance staff they will have one or two maintenance people following the inspectors who stay behind in the unit and repair any issues found. I realize that this is not a possibility for every property but if you have some maintenance staff you can pull from a nearby property for the day it is certainly a great way to get the work down quickly and is quite impressive.

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