Verification Of Rent Required On Manual Underwrites Guidelines

This Article Is About Verification Of Rent Required On Manual Underwrites Guidelines.

Verification of rent can be proven if a renter can provide 12 months of on-time canceled checks and/or bank statements. The past 12 months of canceled checks and/or bank statements need to be on time with no late payments.  This proves the renter has been timely with their housing payments for the past twelve months. Cash-paid receipts do not count. Only canceled bank checks, bank statements, or a letter from a registered property management company are valid sources allowed. In this article we will discuss the following topics:

  • The importance of verification of rent.
  • Why verification of rent is mandatory on manual underwriting.
  • Why verification of rent is the most important form of compensating factor.

Gustan Cho Associates will exempt verification of rent for borrowers who have been living with family rent-free in order to save money to purchase a home.

VA And FHA Loans

VA Home Loans and FHA Loans allow manual underwriting on files that cannot get an approve/eligible per Automated Underwriting Findings. Mortgage borrowers who need manual underwriting loans need to realize that verification of rent is required on manual underwrites. VA and FHA have guidelines on manual underwrites:

Verification of rent also referred to as VOR, is one of the most important compensating factors when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. Verification of rent, also known as VOR, is proof of rental payments for the past 12 months.

The only way to prove it is by providing a mortgage lender 12 months of canceled checks and/or bank statements to a private landlord. One missed rental payment without a check will void the verification of rent. Renters renting a rental unit from a registered property management company can get a VOR  letter provided by the lender completed and signed by the property manager.

The VOR Form needs to states renter has been timely on rental payment for the past 12 months. Renters renting from registered property management companies do not have to provide 12 months of canceled checks and/or bank statements.

In this article, we will discuss and cover Verification Of Rent Required On Manual Underwrites Guidelines.

Why Is Verification Of Rent Required On Manual Underwrites?

Verification of rent required on manual underwrites is mandatory. Those who cannot provide VOR will not qualify for manual underwriting. If a mortgage lender is requiring verification of rent, VOR, from a mortgage loan applicant who is living with family or rent-free, it can create major issues in getting a mortgage loan approval. There are exemptions. Gustan Cho Associates WILL ACCEPT borrowers who are living rent-free with family members if the family member can complete, date, sign a living rent-free form provided by the lender.

  • Reason verification of rent is so important for lenders.
  • This is because it determines payment shock.
  • For example, if a renter is paying $1,000 per month and the new proposed mortgage payment with property taxes and insurance is $1,200, the rental shock is 20%.
  • The lower the payment shock the better compensating factor it is.
  • Lenders will feel comfortable seeing a renter who has had a history of paying $1,000 rent in the past 12 months being able to pay a $50 increase or no increase on a new housing payment.
  • Lenders want to see the borrower had a history of paying a housing payment so the adjustment to paying their new mortgage payment is not a payment shock.

If a renter goes from paying zero a month because living rent-free and the new mortgage payment is $1,200 per month, that would be considered a high payment shock.

Need Proof For Verification Of Rent To Be Valid

What proof do you need to verify your rent to be valid?

There are so many renters who deserve to have verification of rent credit. Unfortunately cannot use verification of rent because they have been paying their monthly rent with cash instead of a bank check.

  • Renters renting from a private landlord need 12 months of canceled checks and/or bank statements in order to provide proof of verification of rent with no late payments in the past 12 months.
  • Cash payment or one miss payment without a check will disqualify the verification of rent.
  • Unfortunately, many renters who pay their landlords with cash and get a cash-paid receipt will not be able to use this as a verification of rent.

For renters renting a home or apartment from a property management company that is registered and licensed by the state, a VOR Form provided by the mortgage company is completed and signed by the property management homeowner association manager. The VOR Form completed, dated, and signed by the property management company can be used in lieu of the 12 months canceled checks.

Do All Mortgage Lenders Ask For Verification Of Rent Required On Manual Underwrites

Verification of rent may be required by mortgage applicants with certain lenders as part of their lender overlays even if the Automated Underwriting System (AUS) does not require it.

  • However, most lenders will require verification of rent for certain applicants.
  • Borrowers with solid credit, good income, great credit history, solid employment history, reserves, then the chances are that verification of rent will not be required.
  • However, if credit scores are lower than 620, have outstanding collections, limited credit tradelines, short credit history, high debt to income ratios, and derogatory credit, then mortgage underwriters may require verification of rent.
  • Just because one lender requires verification of rent does not mean another mortgage lender will require it.
  • Borrowers who are being requested VOR by an underwriter when AUS is not conditioning it please contact us at Gustan Cho Associates.
  • Gustan Cho Associates has zero overlays on government and conventional loans.

If AUS does not require it, neither do we.

Cases Where Manual Underwriting Is Required

What are Cases Where Manual Underwriting Is Required

In cases where borrowers cannot get approve/eligible per DU FINDINGS or LP FINDINGS and get a referred/eligible per FINDINGS, the file can still get approved via manual underwriting.

  • Manual underwriting is when borrowers can qualify for VA Loans and/or FHA Loans but not through the Automated Underwriting System.
  • Almost all manual underwrites require verification of rent, VOR.
  • There may be a lender or two that will not require a verification of rent.
  • However, strong compensating factors will be required such as high credit scores, larger down payments, and strong reserves.
  • There cannot be any late payments in the past 12 months on manual underwrites.

No late payments after bankruptcy and/or foreclosure unless the borrower has strong compensating factors.

FHA and VA Loans During And After Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Discharge

Home Buyers can qualify for both FHA and VA Home Loans during Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Repayment Plan with Trustee Approval. Most Chapter 13 Bankruptcy will approve a home purchase during Chapter 13 Bankruptcy repayment plan. There is no waiting period after the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged date to qualify for VA Loans and FHA Loans. Any Chapter 13 Bankruptcy with less than two years seasoning from the discharged date on VA and FHA Loans is manual underwriting, Manual Underwriting Guidelines apply. Borrowers who need to qualify for FHA Loans or VA Loans during and/or after Chapter 13 Bankruptcy discharged date, please contact us at Gustan Cho Associates at 262-716-8151. Or text us for a faster response. Or email [email protected] The Team at Gustan Cho Associates are experts in manual underwriting. We have zero overlays on FHA, VA, USDA, and Conventional Loans.

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