The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating recommendations by brokerage firms for their clients to invest in Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust (SSSHT) – a non-traded real estate investment trust (non-traded REIT). Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust has stopped distributing a dividend leaving investors with no returns for the time being. As is too common in the brokerage industry, firms fail to understand the flawed non-traded REIT business model and only recommend these products for their 7% commissions – not because they benefit investors.
Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust has been particularly hard hit in the recent recession due to the nature of its investments properties. Strategic Student and Senior Housing Trust is a public, non-traded REIT focused exclusively on assets in the student housing and senior housing areas. The fund is premised on investing in two areas “with strong demographic drivers from college students and baby boomers” according to its website.
The fund states that SSSHT intends to take advantage of the growing demand for recession-resistant asset classes and desirable demographic trends. The REIT states that it believes that SSSHT can provide stability, diversification, income, and potential growth over the long-term.
However, in an April 2020 prospectus update, Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust stated that it incurred a net loss of approximately $19.6 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. Further, the REITs accumulated losses are approximately $41.8 million as of December 31, 2019. Moreover, due to the current recession the REIT suspended its primary offering while still early in its acquisition stage. Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust warned that its operations may not be profitable in 2020.
Further Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust investors are now trapped in the REIT when in March 2020, when the REIT’s board of directors determined to suspend the share redemption program with respect to common stockholders effective as of May 3, 2020. The REIT stated that until it can establish a net asset value per share it was not currently possible to determine accurately redeem or sell shares.