Feature

Follow Eight Rules for Proper Handling of Security Deposits

May 18, 2017    
As an assisted site owner or manager, you must collect security deposits from all households when they move in. These security deposits protect you from losing money when residents damage your units or fail to pay rent. However, handling security deposits incorrectly can cost you.
Compliance

Take Four Steps to Verify Zero-Income Status

May 18, 2017    
An applicant or household member may claim to get no income from any source. In these situations, it’s important to be skeptical. HUD management reviewers and auditors scrutinize these claims to keep HUD from overpaying assistance to household members. If it turns out that a household member...
In the News

President Trump Signs FY17 Spending Bill

May 18, 2017    
President Trump recently signed a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through September. The bill cleared both houses of Congress and Trump signed it into law just ahead of a midnight deadline after which some government operations would’ve had to begin shutting down....
In the News

HUD Highlights $4 Billion RAD Milestone

May 18, 2017    
Congress authorized the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to create a new tool for public housing agencies to address the backlog of capital repairs in the nation’s public housing stock and to stem the loss of affordable units. Recently, just four years after HUD made its first awards...
In the News

President Trump Nominates HUD Personnel

May 18, 2017    
The White House recently announced that President Trump intends to nominate Pamela Patenaude to serve as Deputy Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Neal Rackleff of Texas to be an Assistant Secretary of HUD, Community Planning and Development.
In the News

HUD Secretary Carson Expects to Release Policy Agenda in Next Few Months

May 18, 2017    
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said he expects to release a policy agenda within the next few months that delivers “bang for the buck,” partly by encouraging more private sector collaboration. He said he expects to advance public-private...
In the News

Latest Developments in Westchester County AFFH Court Settlement

May 18, 2017    
In 2009, Westchester County in New York State entered into a landmark desegregation agreement with the federal government. In April 2013, the United States Justice Department sent Westchester officials a letter saying that the county had failed to enact legislation prohibiting housing...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Violated Lease by Harboring Unauthorized Occupant

May 18, 2017    
Facts: A resident who qualified for a Section 8 housing subsidy signed a lease agreement identifying her as the sole occupant of the unit. In March 2015, the owner issued a notice demanding the resident cease activity that violated the lease.
Recent Court Rulings

Owner Not Liable for Retaliation, Time-Barred Alleged Discriminatory Acts

May 18, 2017    
Facts: A resident sued an owner for unlawful discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The resident claimed that the property manager discriminated against her because she is a Jehovah’s Witness and retaliated against her after she filed religious discrimination...
Recent Court Rulings

Resident Didn't Prove Need for Emotional Support Animal

May 18, 2017    
Facts: For her entire life, a resident has lived in a subsidized apartment. Her mother, the previous leaseholder, kept a dog in the apartment prior to her death in August 2013. After her mother’s passing, the resident obtained legal guardianship over four of her nieces and nephews, who also...
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