FHA Announces COVID-19 Temporary Guidance for Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans

Kentucky FHA Temporary Guideline Changes:
Rental Income & Self-Employment Income

FHA Announces COVID-19 Temporary Guidance for Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans
Due to the ongoing effect of COVID-19, FHA has announced in ML 2020-03, updates to the following temporary guidelines below effective with case number assignments on or after 8/12/2020 -11/30/2020:

Rental Income for Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loans

  • When qualifying utilizing rental income, for each property generating rental income the following is required:
    • Reduce the effective income associated with the calculation of rental income by 25%, or
    • Verify 6 months PITI reserves, or
    • Verify the borrower has received the previous 2 months rental payments as evidenced by borrower’s bank statements showing the deposit. (This option is applicable only for borrowers with a history of rental income from the property).

Self Employment Income for Kentucky FHA Mortgage loans 

  • Self-employment income must be stable with a reasonable expectation that it will continue. Verification of the existence of the borrower’s business within 10 calendar days prior to the date of the Note to confirm that the Borrower’s business is open and operating.  One (1) of the following to verify and confirm that the business is open and operating:
    • Evidence of current work (executed contracts or signed invoices that indicate the business is operating on the day the lender verifies self-employment);
    • Evidence of current business receipts within 10 days (Note Fairway Policy) of the note date (payment for services performed);
    • Lender certification that the business is open and operating (lender confirmed through a phone call or other means) (Note Fairway Policy); or
    • Business website demonstrating activity supporting current business operations (timely appointments for estimates or service can be scheduled).


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Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916
American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.

Text/call:      502-905-3708

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Kentucky FHA Guideline Update

FHA has published the following guideline updates, which will be effective for all Kentucky FHA loans with case numbers assigned on or after September 9th

FHA has published the following guideline updates, which will be effective for all Kentucky FHA loans with case numbers assigned on or after September 9th
  • Specific verbiage for Well Water Testing has been added indicating that it must be performed by a disinterested party in a method acceptable to the local health authority. The borrower or any other interested party may not have contact with the sample. Additionally, cases mandating a Well Water Test have been added to include (but not limited to) the following
    • Newly constructed properties and/or wells
    • Properties with deficiencies in the well or well water as determined by an appraiser
    • Areas where water has been reported or is otherwise known to be unsafe
    • Properties located in close proximity to dumps, landfills, industrial sites, farms, or other sites that could contain hazardous waste
    • Properties where distance between well and septic systems is less than 100 feet
  • Clarification issued indicating how to calculate FHA income for Overtime, Bonus, or Tip Income must be calculated using the lesser of
    • Average Overtime, Bonus, or Tip income earned over the previous 2 years (or if earned less than 2 years, the total length of time it has been received); OR
    • Average Overtime, Bonus, or Tip income earned over the previous year
  • All requirements regarding unreimbursed business expenses and Commission Income or Automobile Allowances has been completely removed to align with current IRS tax laws
  • Rent Below Fair Market has been defined as an inducement to purchase when the borrower is allowed to live in the property rent free or at a rental amount more than 10 percent under the fair market rent as determined by the appraiser.
  • Clarification has been added that Reduction in Term for Kentucky FHA Mortgage Streamline Refinances refers specifically to the reduction of the remaining amortization period of the existing mortgage.


FHA Guidelines in Kentucky for 2019


If you have questions about qualifying as first time home buyer in Kentucky, please call, text, email or fill out free prequalification below for your next mortgage loan pre-approval.

Joel Lobb
Senior  Loan Officer


Text or call phone: (502) 905-3708

email me at kentuckyloan@gmail.com


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