Review Resident Selection Plan for Issues Covered in Recent HUD Memos and Notices

September 29, 2015    

If you own or manage an assisted site, you must have a written resident selection plan that incorporates the policies and procedures covering each step of the selection process. It’s important to have a well-written resident selection plan because it can show HUD you’re complying...

Q&A on the High Court's Ruling on Disparate Impact Liability

September 11, 2015    

Everyone agrees that federal fair housing law covers intentional discrimination, but there were lingering questions about whether it also applies to what’s known as “disparate impact” discrimination—housing practices that appear to be neutral, but have an unfair effect on...

How to Request 'Add-On' Management Fees for Demanding Long-Term Site Conditions

August 12, 2015    

Are you dealing with unusual long-term management problems or extra administrative burdens at your site? For instance, do you have unusually high maintenance and security costs because you’re managing a site in a deteriorated area with a high incidence of crime and vandalism? Or are you...

How to Conduct and Document Handbook-Required Meetings with Residents

July 14, 2015    

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 assistance. We’ll describe three situations you’ll most likely deal with in...

How to Verify Applicants Claiming Eligible Immigration Status

June 17, 2015    

HUD’s noncitizen rule 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 federal rental assistance [HUD Handbook 4350.3, par. 3-12 (A)]. To ensure that an ineligible noncitizen doesn’t...

How to Certify Households that Share Custody of Children

May 19, 2015    

A household may report to you that its members include children who are part of a joint custody arrangement. That is, the children live part of the time with the household and part of the time with their other parent, who doesn’t live in the unit. For example, a household head may report...

Perform Interim Recertification After Five Household-Reported Changes

April 17, 2015    

Occasionally, you may need to perform an interim recertification for a household. This means that you must recalculate the household’s income and assistance before the household’s scheduled recertification date based on a change in the household’s situation. For example, when a...

Seven Tips for a Successful Food Waste Collection & Composting Program

March 30, 2015    

By Carolyn E. Zezima, Esq.

Comply with HUD's Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Equal Access Rule

March 16, 2015    

HUD recently posted Notice H 2015-01 regarding program eligibility for HUD-assisted sites for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. The notice’s intent is to increase program participants’ awareness of HUD’s Equal Access Rule for...

Take Proper Steps When Terminating Over-Income Households' Assistance

February 13, 2015    

Do you have households at your site that were eligible for housing assistance when they moved in but aren’t anymore? These are households whose income has increased enough that they’re no longer eligible for assistance because they can now afford to pay the gross rent. The HUD...

Use Correct Version of HUD Model Lease to Avoid HUD Trouble

January 22, 2015    

As an owner or manager of a HUD assisted site, you probably know that you must use one of HUD’s model leases for all your assisted residents. But are you certain which model lease applies to your site? Appendix 4 of HUD Handbook 4350.3 contains four different model leases. Which version...

Screen Live-In Employees for Criminal Activity, Other Red Flags

December 15, 2014    

Last month, we discussed renting units to police or security officers as a potential method of deterring crime at your site. Whether your site houses security officers or other types of live-in employees who enhance services provided to households, you need to be mindful of the safety of your...