A. J. Johnson Partners with Mid-Atlantic AHMA for March Training on Affordable Housing

During the month of March 2022, A. J. Johnson will be partnering with the MidAtlantic Affordable Housing Management Association for three live webinars intended for real estate professionals, particularly those in the affordable multifamily housing field. The following live webinars will be presented:

March 15: Intermediate LIHTC Compliance – Designed for more experienced managers, supervisory personnel, investment asset managers, and compliance specialists, this program expands on the information covered in the Basics of Tax Credit Site Management. A more in-depth discussion of income verification issues is included as well as a discussion of minimum set-aside issues (including the Average Income Minimum Set-Aside), optional fees and use of common areas. The Available Unit Rule is covered in great detail, as are the requirements for units occupied by students. Attendees will also learn the requirements relating to setting rents at a tax credit property. This course contains some practice problems but is more discussion-oriented than the Basic course. A calculator is required for this course.

March 16: Preparing Affordable Housing Properties for Agency Required Physical InspectionsAgency inspections of affordable housing properties are required for all affordable housing programs, and failure to meet the required inspection standards can result in significant financial and administrative penalties for property owners. This three-hour training focuses on how owners and managers may prepare for such inspections, with a concentration on State Housing Finance Agency inspections for the LIHTC program. Specific training areas include (1) a complete discussion of the most serious violations, including health & safety; (2) how vacant units are addressed during inspections; (3) when violations will be reported to the IRS; (4) the 20 most common deficiencies; (5) how to prepare a property for an inspection; (6) strategies for successful inspections; and (7) a review of the most important Uniform Physical Conditions Standards as they relate to the five inspectable areas [site/doors & windows/electrical/building exterior & systems/Units & Common Area]. In addition, an update on the current status of REAC will be presented as will a discussion of the new “NSPIRE” protocol, that will ultimately replace the current REAC procedures. At the end of the training, attendees will have a blueprint they can use to prepare their properties for agency-required physical inspections – regardless of the program under which they operate.

March 29: Understanding Taxable and Tax-Exempt Bonds – There is often confusion regarding the difference between the Tax-Exempt Bond Program and the Taxable Bond programs administered by some State Agencies. This half-day training will describe in detail the management requirements of the State of Virginia Taxable Bond Program and the federal Tax-Exempt Bond Program. Areas to be covered for both programs include (1) income limits; (2) definition of annual income; (3) adjustments to income that are applicable to the taxable bond program; (4) income verification requirements; (5) calculation of income; (6) asset issues; (7) tenant certification requirements. Since either of these programs may be combined with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program, a review of the differences between the bond programs and the LIHTC program will be included.

These sessions are part of the year-long collaboration between A. J. Johnson and MidAtlantic AHMA that is designed to provide affordable housing professionals with the knowledge needed to effectively manage the complex requirements of the various agencies overseeing these programs.

Persons interested in any (or all) of these training sessions may register by visiting either www.ajjcs.net or https://www.mid-atlanticahma.org.