Second-Draw PPP Loans: Do You Qualify?

January 14, 2021    

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the pandemic. PPP loans were intended to cover payroll expenses, as well as qualifying rent, utility, and mortgage payments and...

How to Qualify for Second Round COVID Relief Funds

December 9, 2020    

In the CARES Act, enacted in late March, Congress approved relief funds for federally assisted housing providers in the Section 202, Section 811, and project-based Section 8 programs. Specifically, the CARES Act provided:

HUD Updates Electronic Signatures, File Storage Guidance

December 9, 2020    

On Nov. 6, HUD published Notice H 2020-10 to clarify the Electronic Signatures and Electronic File Storage guidance previously published on May 26, 2020, in Notice H 2020-04. This guidance gave owners the flexibility to use electronic signatures and documents so they could limit in-person...

HUD-PIH Updates CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance

December 9, 2020    

On Nov. 18 HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) updated its guidance regarding the temporary eviction moratorium order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC eviction moratorium ends on Dec. 31. Initially, on Oct. 19, PIH issued guidance on the CDC...

HUD Multifamily Issues Updated COVID-19 FAQs

November 12, 2020    

On Oct. 14, HUD issued updated COVID-19 FAQs for multifamily housing providers. This is the eighth update to the FAQs. HUD had last issued updated FAQs on July 31. HUD has been using this document to address the concerns of owners, staff, and residents during the pandemic.

The latest...

REAC Implements New Inspections Process During Pandemic

October 15, 2020    

In response to the nationwide health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center recently released Inspector Notice 2020-01, which establishes guidance to all Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) inspectors who conduct physical inspections of...

HUD Publishes Final Section 3 Rule

October 15, 2020    

Each year HUD invests billions of federal dollars into distressed communities across the country for projects that build and rehabilitate housing, improve a variety of infrastructures, build community centers, and help families achieve stability and advancement. One way that HUD achieves these...

How to Comply with New NSPIRE Smoke Detector Standards

September 14, 2020    

Last August, HUD launched a demonstration—that is, a pilot program—to test new approaches for making certain PHAs and private owners provide housing that’s safe and livable and to overhaul HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) physical inspection protocol. The change...

Prepare for REAC Inspections to Resume

September 14, 2020    

HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) recently released a memorandum that details the return-to-operations plan for inspections. The annual REAC inspection is a critical indicator of a federally assisted site's ability to maintain the physical standards established by HUD to...

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...