HUD Issues Final FY 2014 Fair Market Rents

HUD recently published final fair market rents (FMRs) for HUD fiscal year (FY) 2014. In general, the FMR for an area is an amount that would be needed to pay the rent and utilities of a privately owned, decent, and safe rental housing unit of a modest nature with suitable amenities. HUD is required to publish the FMRs at least annually to be effective on Oct. 1 of each year. FMRs are used to determine payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher program, initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, initial rent for housing assistance payment contracts in the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program, and rent ceilings in the HOME rental assistance program.

FMRs are calculated using standard quality base rents, derived from the American Community Survey (ACS) five-year gross rents and a recent mover factor that is applied to the standard quality base rents. For the recent FMRs, HUD used the 2007-2011 five-year ACS data to update the base rents set in FY 2013, which used the 2006-2010 five-year ACS data.

For more information, you can refer to FMR Documentation on HUD's Web site.