Feature

Review Site’s Bedbug Rules, Lease Addenda to Ensure Compliance

October 29, 2019    
In the fall, as the heat of summer diminishes, site managers typically experience an increase in pest complaints from residents as outdoor pests move indoors seeking warmth. Site managers also find an increase in bedbug sightings, despite the fact that bedbugs are indoor pests that are rarely found...
Maintenance

Perform 11 Maintenance Tasks to Get Your Site Ready for Winter

October 29, 2019    
You and your maintenance staff have different issues to tackle during each season of the year. In the fall, most sites need to prepare for winter. But because some of the things that should be on your “to do” list for fall haven’t been done in an entire year, it’s easy to...
Income Calculations

SSA Announces 2020 COLA Increase of 1.6 Percent

October 29, 2019    
The Social Security Administration recently announced that the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 1.6 percent in 2020. The 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 63 million Social Security beneficiaries...
Recent Court Rulings

Owner May Be Liable for Breach of Contract

October 29, 2019    
Facts: A former Section 8 resident sued the local PHA and an owner for alleged housing discrimination and breach of contract. The resident claimed that after making written promises to transfer the resident to a new unit free of dangerous inhalants, the owner refused to deliver keys to the new unit...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Can Terminate Benefits for False Statements

October 29, 2019    
Facts: A resident was terminated from the Section 8 program after the PHA investigated her marital status. The resulting report concluded that she was married and didn’t provide true and correct information about her marital status on two annual questionnaires. The PHA notified her that it...
In the News

HUD Launches Webpages on the Preservation of Multifamily Housing

October 29, 2019    
HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs (MFHP) recently announced the launch of three webpages to support multifamily owners with the operation and preservation of their sites. The goal of these new resources is to provide stakeholders with current and accessible information and the...
In the News

HUD Marks National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 29, 2019    
Each year, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state, tribal, and local governments to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness in an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. Approximately 3.6 million families have...
In the News

HUD Releases RAD Evaluation

October 29, 2019    
In 2012, HUD embarked upon a new program to address the capital needs of severely distressed public housing. HUD recently released the results of an evaluation of the Department’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). The report found significant evidence that RAD is stimulating billions of...
Feature

Answers to Common Questions About Handling Disability Insurance Payments

October 1, 2019    
When you certify or recertify households, some members may tell you that they’re getting disability payments through a short-term or long-term disability insurance plan. These payments replace part of the wages household members lose when they can’t work due to illness or injury. The...
Compliance

HUD Proposes Rules to Implement Several HOTMA Provisions

October 1, 2019    
In 2016, President Obama signed into law the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). HOTMA touched upon a broad range of topics. The housing law was enacted to expand housing providers’ ability to develop housing for extremely low-income households and streamline operational...