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The Trainer — June 2016

May 19, 2016    

Avoiding Household File Mistakes

In this month’s feature, we discussed how HUD is in the process of reinstating the practice of conducting management and occupancy reviews (MORs). As a result, now is a good time to review your household files and fix any mistakes before your next...

The Trainer — May 2016

April 15, 2016    

Avoiding FHA Violations During Criminal Background Checks; Complying with Tenant Participation Rules

In this month’s feature, we discussed HUD’s new guidance addressing how refusing to rent or renew a lease based on an individual’s criminal history could violate the...

The Trainer — April 2016

March 14, 2016    

Avoiding Discrimination Claims from Families with Children

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to avoid discriminating against families with children, in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. Discrimination claims may arise from the way you advertise vacancies, show...

The Trainer — February 2016

January 14, 2016    

Creating an Emergency Response Manual

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to create an emergency response manual for your site and get your staff to follow it. Your staff will be able to handle emergencies more effectively if you create an emergency response manual for them...

The Trainer — December 2015

November 12, 2015    

Ensuring Resident Files Are Complete

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to keep resident files in proper order so that they don’t raise any red flags with auditors. We showed you how to prepare the files for the annual audit using a checklist that itemizes what HUD...

The Trainer — November 2015

October 10, 2015    

Requesting Withdrawals from Residual Receipts Account

In this month’s feature, we discussed how HUD requires many owners of nonprofit and limited-dividend sites with HUD-insured and HUD-held mortgages to set up residual receipts accounts. If you have such an account, there may...

The Trainer — October 2015

September 29, 2015    

Complying with Recent HUD Memos; Calculating Utility Allowances

In this month’s feature, we discussed recent HUD memoranda and housing notices that include four additional issues that HUD-assisted sites need to include in their resident selection plans. HUD asks owners to review...

The Trainer — Fall 2015 Special Issue

September 11, 2015    

Avoiding Fair Housing Trouble

In this Special Issue, we discussed what the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding liability for “disparate impact” discrimination under the Fair Housing Act means for owners and managers of assisted housing sites. The Fair Housing Act...

The Trainer — September 2015

August 12, 2015    

Requesting Add-On Management Fees

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to apply for and get approval from your local HUD office for add-on management fees. Add-ons are additions to management fees, designed to give incentives and compensation to managing agents who can show...

The Trainer — August 2015

July 14, 2015    

Conducting Required Meetings

In this month’s feature, we discussed how HUD requires you to offer to meet with applicants and residents in specific circumstances. These meetings let applicants and residents dispute important decisions that you’ve made about their housing...

The Trainer — July 2015

June 17, 2015    

VERIFYING APPLICANTS WHO CLAIM ELIGIBLE IMMIGRATION STATUS

In this month’s feature, we discussed HUD’s noncitizen rule, which says that only households made up entirely of U.S. citizens and/or certain eligible noncitizens (such as a permanent resident alien) can benefit from...

The Trainer — June 2015

May 19, 2015    

Certifying Households that Share Custody of Children; Charging Residents for Damage Repairs

In this month’s feature, we discussed how to certify households whose members include children who are part of a joint custody arrangement. That is, the children live part of the time with...