Purging Files at Year-End? Better Review HUD’s Record Retention Rules First

November 22, 2019    

Applicant and tenant file records are important pieces of source documentation that’s used as evidence to support determinations and conclusions in all areas of occupancy. It’s important for a manager to ensure that all tenant application and occupancy files are maintained in...

HUD Proposes Rules to Implement Several HOTMA Provisions

October 1, 2019    

In 2016, President Obama signed into law the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). HOTMA touched upon a broad range of topics. The housing law was enacted to expand housing providers’ ability to develop housing for extremely low-income households and streamline operational...

Know Your Responsibilities During Presidentially Declared Disaster or HUD-Determined Emergency

July 17, 2019    

Recently, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said that he’s “extremely grateful” that Tropical Depression Barry didn’t cause the devastating floods that had been projected. According to the National Weather Service, Barry was briefly a Category 1 hurricane, but the system...

Guidance Issued on Voluntary & Mandatory Conversions of Public Housing Units

May 9, 2019    

In November 2018, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) sent a letter to public housing agency (PHA) executive directors notifying them of their intent to reduce HUD’s public housing stock. Because Congress had failed to provide adequate funding for the public housing...

HUD Urges PHAs and Owners to Install CO Detectors

May 9, 2019    

HUD recently issued joint notice PIH 2019-06, H 2019-05, OLHCHH 2019-01, regarding the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in HUD-assisted housing. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of fuel-fired combustion appliances such as furnaces and water heaters. If not properly vented, this...

HUD Issues Additional Guidance on Delaying REAC Inspections

April 11, 2019    

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s multifamily housing programs recently issued a memorandum entitled “Approving the Delay of a Physical Inspection Beyond the New Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Inspection Notification Timelines.” It provides guidance on when a field...

Follow Nine Steps to Prevent Unnecessary HAP Delays

March 14, 2019    

If your site has a housing assistance payments (HAP) contract, you may have gotten a late payment from HUD at one time or another. Late assistance payments can cause serious problems at your site. For example, if your site doesn’t have large reserves, it may not be able to make mortgage...

Follow Four Dos & Don'ts When Applying Minimum Rent Rules

January 15, 2019    

HUD occupancy regulations require all households living at Section 8 sites to pay a monthly rent of at least $25, unless the household qualifies for an exemption [HUD Handbook 4350.3, par. 5-26(D)]. This minimum rent doesn’t apply to Section 202 PAC, Section 202 PRAC, Section 811 PRAC, RAP...

HUD Issues Utility Allowance Adjustment Factors for 2019

December 11, 2018    

HUD recently posted the Utility Allowance Adjustment Factors (UAFs) for 2019. HUD permits owners to use the UAFs to adjust baseline utility allowances prepared in accordance with Housing Notice 2015-04. The factors are effective for any site with an anniversary date on or after Feb. 11, 2019....

EIV Income Report Updates Delayed

November 19, 2018    

HUD recently released RHIIP Listserv #416, which explains that, due to technical difficulties, the New Hires, Employment, and Unemployment information in the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system won’t be updated in November 2018 and in December 2018.

HUD Issues Best Practice Guidance for Guest Suites

November 19, 2018    

HUD recently released HUD Notice 2018-10, which provides best practice guidance for determining under what circumstances guest suites are permissible in multifamily housing. This best practice guidance is effective immediately for all new and existing FHA-insured and HUD-held multifamily rental...

HUD Releases Notice on Public Housing Heating Standards

November 19, 2018    

HUD recently released PIH Notice 2018-19, “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) – Implementation of Minimum Heating Standards in Public Housing Properties.” It provides implementation guidance related to the minimum heating requirements within public...