Slow market not good for tax-deferred exchange

Investor will lose benefits if she can't find a renter soon

DEAR BOB: About six months ago, I completed an Internal Revenue Code 1031 tax-deferred exchange, but I have not been able to rent the acquired house due to an oversupply of rentals in my area. Homeowners are having difficulty selling and are trying to rent while waiting for the sales market to improve. I am running out of money for my mortgage payments. Can I move into the house and rent my old home, which I can rent cheaply and still have a positive cash flow? Would I lose my IRC 1031 tax savings? --Dee D. DEAR DEE: If you are audited by the IRS and have zero rental income to report from the newly acquired rental house on Schedule E of your income-tax returns, it looks like you did not have any rental intent at the time of the exchange. Instead, it would look to the IRS like you acquired the house with intent to make it your personal residence, thus disqualifying the tax-deferred exchange. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Maybe the rent you are asking for the house is...