Appeals Court Decision Extends Government's Liability to Section 8 Owners

On March 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in case filed by a housing authority against the United States, alleging that the government breached a low-income housing assistance payments contract by requiring the authority to submit rent comparability studies to receive annual rent adjustments [Haddon Housing Assocs. v. U.S.]. This decision represents the first U.S. appeals court decision on whether a 1994 statutory provision was a breach of an original Section 8 HAP contract.

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