The federal government announced on October 11, 2018 that the Social Security Cost of Live Adjustment (COLA) for 2019 will be 2.8%. This is the largest cost-of-living adjustment since 2012. The average SS check is $1,422 a month, meaning next year’s increase will add an average of $39 per month.
Social Security recipients will receive a notice in the mail in early December showing their new benefit amount. Recipients will see the increase in their January 2019 payment.
Owners and managers of properties that are required to determine the income of residents should use the new COLA SS rate when projecting the income of applicants and residents. This also affects persons receiving SSI, VA pensions, Civil Service Pensions and Railroad Retirement.