Take Advantage of Flexibility for Vacancy Claims During COVID

July 14, 2020    

Under normal circumstances, when an assisted unit becomes vacant, a new household doesn’t usually move in right away. It takes time to find an eligible household. And even if you have a waiting list, you may need time to complete the applicant household’s eligibility review and...

Prepare for REAC/NSPIRE Inspections to Resume in 2020

July 14, 2020    

On June 18, David Vargas, REAC’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, gave a presentation to the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) to discuss the safe return of Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) and National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) operations. In...

What to Do When HUD & State Laws Conflict

June 12, 2020    

U.S.-style federalism allows for federal and state laws to exist side by side. In the context of federally assisted housing, leases and landlord-tenant relations are governed by HUD rules even though they’re located on property subject to state regulation. Nevertheless, it can also get...

Follow HUD Rules When Using Electronic Signatures, Document Delivery

May 29, 2020    

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD made certain limited electronic signing and document delivery options available to help reduce virus exposure for important resident interactions such as income recertifications and applicant processing. In a new notice issued by HUD’s...

Rundown of Recent Updates to HUD’s COVID-19 Q&A

May 29, 2020    

In May, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, which oversees contracts with private owners of HUD-assisted properties, made a fifth and sixth update to its “Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus (COVID-19).” HUD has been using...

Follow Five Rules to Reduce the Risk of Sexual Harassment Claims

May 1, 2020    

In April, HUD observed Fair Housing Month by initiating a campaign against sexual harassment. This year's theme focused on protecting individuals from harassment by property owners, managers, maintenance workers, or other residents, and helped educate the public about what behaviors and...

HUD Publishes 2020 Income Limits

May 1, 2020    

HUD recently published the income limits for HUD programs. These new income limits are effective as of April 1, 2020. HUD sets income limits that determine eligibility for assisted housing programs including:

HUD Holds National Multifamily Conference Call, Issues Q&A Guidance

March 30, 2020    

On March 18, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing held a national conference call updating stakeholders on their COVID-19 response and operations. HUD staff who spoke on the conference call included Deputy Assistant Secretary Lamar Seats, Assistant Deputy Assistant Secretary Jeff Little,...

Prepare for REAC's New Quality Assurance Re-Inspection Protocol

February 28, 2020    

In line with its ongoing process of increasing quality control procedures on REAC inspections, HUD recently implemented a new Quality Assurance Inspection (QAI) process, which may be done within five days of the REAC inspection. Generally, within two business days of the contract inspection, a...

HUD's New Guidance on Assistance Animals: What You Need to Know

February 28, 2020    

HUD recently issued new guidelines relating to assistance animals under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Notice FHEO-2020-01, referred to as the “Assistance Animals Notice,” replaces prior HUD guidelines from 2013 and can be found at...

HUD Addresses Noncompliance with Lead Safe Housing Rule

January 29, 2020    

A few months ago, HUD and its Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report identifying the top management challenges facing the Department in 2020 and beyond. One of the broad categories identified was ensuring the availability of affordable housing that’s decent, safe, sanitary, and...

New Resident Engagement Initiative Added to NSPIRE Demonstration

January 29, 2020    

HUD is in the process of overhauling its Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) physical inspection protocol. Last year, HUD drastically reduced the notice it would give managers of public and subsidized rental housing before REAC inspections to 14 calendar days. And HUD will eventually replace...