Feature

Follow 3 Tips to Prepare Your Site for Fair Housing Testers

January 14, 2022    
HUD is stepping up the use of testers to uncover housing discrimination.   The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it had obtained a settlement agreement with a Housing Authority in Oklahoma. The settlement resolved allegations that two of its former employees violated federal...
Income Calculations

Apply IRS Mileage Rate When Deducting Medical and Business Driving Expenses

January 14, 2022    
On Dec. 17, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 22-03, which contains the 2022 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. The agency said it rates the standard mileage for business use based on an annual...
Compliance

HUD Issues Regulatory Waivers and Flexibilities for PHAs in Disaster Areas

January 14, 2022    
The year 2021 was marked by climate extremes across the U.S., including exceptional warmth, devastating severe weather, and the second-highest number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In fact, a record...
In the News

HUD Issues Report on Feasibility of National Evictions Database

January 14, 2022    
The 2021 Appropriations Act tasked HUD with studying the feasibility of creating a national evictions database. The database would collect information on three types of evictions: formal court-ordered evictions, extra-legal evictions (unlawful or self-evictions), and administrative evictions (PHA...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Didn't Consider Relevant Circumstances When Terminating Benefits

January 14, 2022    
Facts: An Illinois PHA terminated a resident’s housing assistance for violating a family obligation under the voucher program. The PHA tried to inspect her unit at two different times for an annual inspection. The resident wasn’t present for the two inspections, and the PHA terminated...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Can Terminate Resident’s Voucher for Guest’s Criminal Activity

January 14, 2022    
Facts: When a resident first leased her unit, she listed five people as members of the household.
Feature

What to Expect When CARES Act Waivers Expire

December 14, 2021    
Through the course of the pandemic, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued waivers and alternative requirements for multiple housing programs. This was allowed through the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. In addition to authorizing over $2 trillion in...
Compliance

Is Your Site Exempt from the Noncitizen Rule?

December 14, 2021    
Complying with HUD's noncitizen rule can be complicated and burdensome. You and the household must complete many forms to determine the citizenship and immigration status of all applicants and new household members. And then you must verify household members' status and properly calculate...
In the News

House Passes $1.7 Trillion Build Back Better Act

December 14, 2021    
On Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act. The passed 220-213 and is now in the Senate for consideration. In a recent letter, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer told lawmakers to prepare for a busy remainder of the year. He has set a Christmas deadline for...
Feature

Take 4 Steps When Dealing with a Tenant Hoarder

November 11, 2021    
As the temperature starts dropping across the country, your site may be undertaking increased pest prevention treatments or inspections as pests, particularly rodents, start moving indoors. Unfortunately, some residents are not always diligent about reporting pest issues for reasons such as...