Feature

Best Practices for Complying with HUD’s Criminal Background Check Guidance

November 15, 2016    
This year, HUD and the courts have brought much attention to possible Fair Housing Act violations from criminal screening policies. In April, HUD issued guidelines that spell out how HUD will evaluate fair housing complaints in cases where a site rejects an applicant based on criminal history.
Dealing with Households

Include Five Items in Your Nonpayment Stipulations to Ensure Effective Settlements

November 15, 2016    
When you settle an eviction case involving nonpayment of rent, you and your resident must sign an agreement that’s reviewed and approved by the court. In a typical agreement, the resident agrees to pay back rent and charges according to a set payment schedule.
Income Calculations

SSA Announces 2017 COLA Increase of 0.3 Percent

November 15, 2016    
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that the monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will increase 0.3 percent in 2017. The 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries...
In the News

HUD Proposes Enhanced Voucher Rules

November 15, 2016    
HUD recently released a proposed rule that would amend HUD’s regulations governing its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program to revise its “enhanced vouchers” policy. The program allows private owners to rent apartments and homes at or below fair market prices to qualified low-...
In the News

New Guidance on Amending Use Agreements at LIHPRHA-Assisted Properties

November 15, 2016    
HUD recently issued Notice H 2016-16, which implements provisions enacted by Congress in December 2015 that allow owners of sites assisted under the “Low Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990” (LIHPRHA) to access residual receipts and eliminate limitations...
In the News

HUD Proposes Revisions to Multifamily Asset Handbook

November 15, 2016    
HUD recently released draft revisions of five chapters of Handbook 4350.1, Multifamily Asset Management and Project Servicing. While Handbook 4350.1 is primarily for HUD Multifamily field staff who monitor owners and managing agents so that HUD-assisted sites are maintained in good physical and...
In the News

HUD Issues HOTMA Implementation Guidance

November 15, 2016    
HUD recently published in the Federal Register the initial implementation guidance for the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (HOTMA). HOTMA, which President Obama signed into law in July, makes several modifications to housing assistance programs. The programs included in HOTMA include...
In the News

Ohio Housing Authority Charged with Discriminating Against Family with Disabilities

November 15, 2016    
HUD recently announced that it is charging the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority in Warren, Ohio, with violating the Fair Housing Act by denying the reasonable accommodation requests of a family that includes a father and daughter with severe disabilities. The Fair Housing Act prohibits...
Recent Court Rulings

Live-In Aide Can’t Sue on Resident’s Behalf

November 15, 2016    
Facts: A Section 8 resident lived with a live-in aide. Only the resident was on the lease. When the heating and air conditioning unit was damaged, the owner blamed the resident, threatening to evict her. In March 2016, the resident was served with a notice to vacate the property. Despite taking the...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Liable for Unit’s Bedbug Infestation

November 15, 2016    
Facts: Household members sued the local PHA, alleging that the PHA was negligent because it failed to eradicate a bedbug infestation condition. The residents claimed that the condition began in 2012 and continued to date. The PHA admitted that the unit had bedbugs on and off over a period of time,...