Below is a list of updates for landlords with BPDA-restricted rental units regarding landlord requirements and eligibility guidelines.
Verification of Non-Filing Requirement - The BPDA has a longstanding policy which requires any adult applicant household member to provide a verification of non-filing from the IRS if they have not filed taxes for specific tax years. Effective immediately, for household members who are unable to get a verification of non-filing from the IRS due to the IRS' pandemic backlog and other limitations, the BPDA is temporarily offering an alternative option to fulfil the household's tax documentation requirements. The household member may instead provide a transcript or confirmation of non-filing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue ("DOR"), which they may obtain electronically from this DOR contact. To make this request from the DOR, they must specify that they are looking for confirmation on whether or not the DOR has any record of an income tax return for specific years (e.g. 2018 and 2019), and must be able to provide the DOR with their SSN and full name. For new applicants, this alternative to BPDA documentation requirements will need to be accompanied by proof of Massachusetts residency for the years corresponding with the requested tax years. If they cannot provide proof of Massachusetts residency for the corresponding tax years, a verification from the IRS will be required. BPDA will accept the same types of documents to verify Massachusetts residency that are generally part of the Boston residency preference described in the Affidavit of Eligibility. For renewing tenants, confirmation of non-filing from the DOR will be sufficient without the proof of residency documents.
Recertifications - On April 1st 2020, the BPDA temporarily waived recertification requirements for renewing tenants. This waver ended August 31st 2020 and has NOT been extended. All tenant recertifications will need to continue as usual.
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