Understanding Exemptions from HUD’s Lead-Safe Housing Rule

August 16, 2016    

The news coming out of Flint, Mich., this year has brought much attention to the harmful effects lead poisoning can have on young children. According to calculations from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, switching to the Flint River as the city’s primary water...

How to Maintain Your Site's EIV Master File

July 26, 2016    

HUD’s Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system contains a number of reports used to verify employment and income of applicants and residents. HUD asks owners to use EIV to monitor compliance of existing residents. Every month, owners and agents are required to view and catalog certain...

An Overview of the Four Types of Rental Adjustments for HAP Contracts

June 17, 2016    

The Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract is a written agreement between a public housing agency (PHA) and the owner of a unit occupied by a Housing Choice Voucher program participant. The HAP contract must be in the form prescribed by HUD. Under the HAP contract, the PHA agrees to make...

HUD Updates Form 92006—Supplement to the Application for Federally Assisted Housing

June 17, 2016    

HUD recently released a new version of HUD Form 92006. This new form has an expiration date of Feb. 28, 2019. A copy of HUD Form 92006 must be attached to application/pre-applications. Owners should discard any unused version of the form with an expiration date of Nov. 13, 2015, and replace...

HUD Updates Form 9834—Management Review for Multifamily Housing Projects

June 17, 2016    

HUD recently released a new version of HUD Form 9834—Management Review for Multifamily Housing Projects. Form HUD-9834 is used by performance-based contract administrators (PBCAs) for management reviews of assigned Section 8 contracts. The new form fixes typos and provides a new expiration...

HUD Issues Final Rule Intended to Streamline Rent Regulations

March 14, 2016    

The Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2014, made several changes to the United States Housing Act of 1937. Five streamlining changes were implemented through a Federal Register notice on June 25, 2014. And on Jan. 6, 2015, HUD issued a proposed rule codifying these...

HUD Issues New UPCS Inspector Protocol Concerning Bed Bug Infestations

February 15, 2016    

HUD is amending the inspection protocol requirements to be followed by all Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) inspectors who conduct physical inspections of HUD-assisted and -insured properties. In 2010, HUD issued Inspector Notice 2010-01 establishing requirements when an inspector is...

HUD Issues Passbook Savings Rate Effective Feb. 1

February 15, 2016    

HUD recently issued a new notice regarding the passbook savings rate, effective Feb. 1, 2016. The passbook savings rate hasn’t changed since 2014. The passbook savings rate to be used for all move-in, initial, annual, and interim recertification when a family has net assets over $5,000 is...

HUD Publishes Operational Cost Adjustment Factors for 2016

November 12, 2015    

On Oct. 13, HUD published the Operational Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs) that will go into effect nationwide for eligible multifamily housing projects having an anniversary date on or after on Feb. 11, 2016. These factors are used for adjusting or establishing Section 8 rents under the...

HUD Issues Revised Section 8 Renewal Policy Guidebook

October 15, 2015    

In August, HUD issued the long-awaited update to the Section 8 Renewal Policy Guidebook. This document applies to project-based Section 8 contracts, referred to as HAPs or PBRA contracts, and is important in establishing rents for the bulk of the existing subsidized housing portfolio. The last...

Put Nondiscrimination Language in All Written Communications

October 15, 2015    

Like most sites, you communicate in writing with the public, applicants, and residents nearly every day. For example, you probably send out applications, leases, 50059 certification forms, letters, notices, brochures, and flyers. But did you know that HUD requires each of these written...

HUD Clarifies New Methodology for Calculating Utility Allowances

September 29, 2015    

In HUD multifamily sites where the residents pay either all or a portion of their own utility expenses, HUD provides a utility allowance in addition to the subsidy for each unit. This utility allowance is based on an estimate of the average monthly utility costs for each unit size.