Q & A

Q & A

Medical Marijuana Patients in Federally Assisted Housing

January 19, 2018    

Q I am trying to figure out something with medical marijuana. I believe I’ve read that “regular” marijuana is still not permissible in HUD properties. One of our tenants has been prescribed medical marijuana in the form of...

Resident's Interim Recertification Request Doesn't Affect TTP

December 11, 2015    

Q A resident informed us that she now has a Medicare Part D prescription plan premium being deducted from her Social Security payments. When we go to process the interim recertification it doesn't change the rental amount. Do we still...

When Does Resident's Absence Become Abandonment?

June 17, 2015    

Q A resident who moved into an assisted unit a year and a half ago has not been living there. She pays rent, but she uses the unit only as a storage space and a mail drop. She hasn’t stayed in the unit since her lease began. She...

Creating Site Environmental Sustainability Plans

March 30, 2015    

Q: As the manager of several assisted sites, I’ve been asked to lead an effort to create an environmental sustainability plan for one of our sites, as a pilot plan for our portfolio of sites. I’ve heard of these plans, but don...

Disposing of House for Less than Fair Market Value

February 13, 2015    

Q An elderly couple at our assisted site owned a house that their son was living in. Last year, they sold it to him. I understand it was a “sweetheart deal,” allowing him to buy it at very low cost. For recertification purposes,...

Classifying Assets Placed into an Irrevocable Burial Trust

February 13, 2015    

Q If an applicant puts monies into an irrevocable burial trust, would that be considered an asset disposed of for less than fair market value? I have an applicant who put monies into an irrevocable burial trust a few months before the...

Responding to Suspected Pet Abuse

April 30, 2010    

Q Our site's pet rules, like most I've seen, are meant to protect people and property, but I haven't seen any pet rules or house rules that say anything about a resident who is abusing his animal. Can we add something about that to our...

Accounting for Income from Mobile Communications Devices

August 23, 2009    

Q At Section 8 sites, what are the HUD guidelines for income generated by mobile communications devices, such as cell phone towers, that are mounted on site buildings?

Signing Requirements of the Drug Free Housing Agreement

August 23, 2009    

Q Does the Drug Free Housing Agreement need to be signed annually by Section 8 residents?

A No, says Bramlet. HUD incorporated the drug-free language into the model lease, so there is no need for an...

Removing Resident Council Officers

August 23, 2009    

Q Can residents of a Section 8/202 site remove officers from the resident council?

Required Language in Rejection Letters

June 23, 2009    

Q I was reading through the item in your April 2009 issue, “Top 10 Audit Findings in 2008” (p. 1). I noticed that #10 on the list was “Rejection letter lacks new reasonable accommodation language.” Where can I find this new...