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SNAP RENT RULES
Your rent or mortgage can have a significant impact on your food stamps. The food stamps formula is complicated, so this does not apply to everyone. However, in many cases, the higher your housing costs are, the higher your food stamps are. This is how the rent rules work:
🍎 Jim Pays For Stuff – Jim lives in his mom’s basement. He does not pay rent. Instead he pays for the phone bill, internet, repairs to the home, appliances, food, and car insurance. Jim applies for food stamps and qualifies for $0 per month
🍎 Jim Pays for Rent – Jim lives in his mom’s basement and pays rent to his mom each month by check. Jim applies for food stamps and qualifies for $100 per month.
If you are receiving free rent or utilities, your food stamps will be lowered. According to Mass Legal Help, if you pay any amount, even a small amount, this will change.
Example from Mass Legal Help: “Carol and her child live rent-free with Carol’s mother. Because Carol does not pay rent or utilities, SNAP counts $126.30 per month as income to Carol. Carol can avoid having the free rent and utilities counted by paying her mother a small amount each month for rent and utilities (for example, $10)”
Taxes & Income to Home Owner
If you are paying someone rent, the IRS may consider that person to have income. This should be reported to the IRS, or any other agencies where your landlord needs to report income. Here are two ideas that can assist:
🍎 According to IRS regulations, the homeowner would now be considered a landlord and would be able to deduct certain things as business expenses. In this way, there might not be any profit or income that counts.
🍎 From Mass Legal Help, a nonprofit legal organization: “If Carol’s mother is on benefits, Carol can pay the rent money directly to the mortgage and utility companies so that the payments will not count against her mother’s benefits”
Paying any amount of utilities, even ten dollars, can also have a big impact on food stamps in some states. SNAP Utilities Rules
If you have a change in your income, savings, rent, utilities, medical expenses, or household, always notify your food stamps caseworker.
If you would like to request that your food stamps be reassessed based on changes, you can request this at any time.
Some of our readers report that they found it easier to report changes and communicate with their caseworker by email. This has the added advantage of creating a written record of changes you report. You can ask your caseworker if she has an email where you can reach her.
If you are asked to go to an in-person meeting and you cannot attend due to your disability, you can request an accommodation to do the meeting by phone or mail.
If you think your food stamps were not processed correctly, here’s some ideas for next steps.
There are a bunch more food stamps rules and regs it may really help you to know: How to Get Enough Food Stamps to Actually Eat
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