Feature

Reduce Costs, Save Time When Recertifying Income

July 14, 2020    
HUD recently published the final rule implementing Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation. HUD’s December 2017 interim rule amended regulatory language that applies to Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher program, Section 8, and Section 202/811 PAC/PRAC...
Compliance

Take Advantage of Flexibility for Vacancy Claims During COVID

July 14, 2020    
Under normal circumstances, when an assisted unit becomes vacant, a new household doesn’t usually move in right away. It takes time to find an eligible household. And even if you have a waiting list, you may need time to complete the applicant household’s eligibility review and...
Compliance

Prepare for REAC/NSPIRE Inspections to Resume in 2020

July 14, 2020    
On June 18, David Vargas, REAC’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, gave a presentation to the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) to discuss the safe return of Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) and National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) operations. In early...
Dos & Don'ts

Review HUD's Disaster Guidance Before Severe Weather Hits

July 14, 2020    
While the country is still dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season is currently on pace to match the number of named storms during the historic 2005 hurricane season, which was the most active hurricane season on record. Hurricane season brings...
Dos & Don'ts

Don't Include Late Fees Incurred During Moratorium in Post-Moratorium Collections

July 14, 2020    
The CARES Act created a federal moratorium on evictions of tenants for most federal housing programs. The moratorium took effect on March 27 and extends until July 25, 2020. According to the provisions of the act, it’s unlawful to “charge fees, penalties, or other charges to the tenant...
Dos & Don'ts

Don't Charge for Internet Services

July 14, 2020    
As the pandemic continues, Internet connectivity for information and services has become increasingly important. From virtual doctor’ visits to virtual learning as schools delay openings, these critical services have underscored the importance of Internet connectivity during this time. But,...
Feature

How to Restrict Residents' Right to Have Visitors During Pandemic

June 12, 2020    
Restricting visitors may be a legitimate health measure—as long as the restrictions are reasonable.  
Q & A

What Should You Do When a Resident Has a Confirmed Case of COVID-19?

June 12, 2020    
SITUATION: You just found out that Ann Smith, one of your residents, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in self-isolation for 14 days. You immediately report the case to the local health authorities. You post signs and notices in common areas alerting other residents that a building...
Compliance

What to Do When HUD & State Laws Conflict

June 12, 2020    
U.S.-style federalism allows for federal and state laws to exist side by side. In the context of federally assisted housing, leases and landlord-tenant relations are governed by HUD rules even though they’re located on property subject to state regulation. Nevertheless, it can also get...
Dos & Don'ts

Don't Omit Details in Pre-Termination Notice

June 12, 2020    
Showing that residents committed a substantial or material lease violation isn’t enough to evict them from federally assisted housing. You must also furnish a proper lease pre-termination notice letting residents know exactly what they did wrong. If the notice isn’t clear and specific...