Feature

Review Contractor Invoices for Common Overbilling Errors

August 15, 2012    
Sometimes contractors accidentally overbill you. Less frequently, but still too often, they may even try to cheat you. Being the victim of overbilling practices not only costs you lots of money, it can also lead to audit problems. Auditors pore over contractor invoices to make sure they back up the...
Maintenance

Avoid Violations During HUD Inspections with Last-Minute Site Checkup

August 15, 2012    
You may think that because you take good care of your site, conduct regular inspections, and promptly fix problems, you’re prepared for your site’s upcoming HUD inspection. But it’s important to give your site a last-minute once-over to make sure you catch any problems before the...
Compliance

Avoid Charging Ineligible Legal Expenses to Site's Operating Account

August 15, 2012    
Assisted sites can amass a lot of legal expenses for site-related matters like evicting problem residents or drafting letters to comply with certain HUD rules. You can charge site-related legal expenses to your site's operating accounts, but only if you comply with HUD's rules on handling...
The Trainer

The Trainer — September 2012

August 15, 2012    
REVIEWING CONTRACTORS' BILLS; AVOIDING INELIGIBLE LEGAL CHARGES In this month’s feature, we discussed how to avoid audit trouble by spotting and correcting overbilling errors in contractors’ invoices. If you don’t review these invoices, you could unknowingly pay more for items...
Recent Court Rulings

Owner Not Liable for Discrimination

August 15, 2012    
Facts: An occupant sued the local PHA for discrimination for failure to lease him the unit in which he claimed he had resided with his mother before her death. As a child, the occupant moved with his mother and her husband into the unit. But records show that he moved out of the unit in 1976. His...
Recent Court Rulings

PHA Didn’t Prove Resident's Violent Tendencies

August 15, 2012    
Facts: A PHA filed an eviction lawsuit against a resident based on drug-related criminal activity and an altercation with a neighbor that disturbed other neighbors. The resident was arrested for driving under the influence of psychotropic medication in August 2011. A year earlier, in September 2010...
Recent Court Rulings

Owner Must Show Material Noncompliance with Lease

August 15, 2012    
Facts: The lease between an owner and a Section 8 resident included an addendum providing that "[t]he owner shall not terminate the lease except for ... [m]aterial noncompliance with the lease." The addendum further specified that before terminating the lease, the owner must give the...
Feature

How to Amend HUD Lease to Get Residents to Pay Your Attorney's Fees

July 29, 2012    
Going to court with a resident can be an expensive proposition—even if you win. You may win $1,000 in back rent, but that's not a meaningful victory if you have to pay your attorney a few thousand dollars to win it for you. And without a lease clause requiring residents who violate their...
Dealing with Households

Five Rules for Responding to Domestic Violence

July 29, 2012    
Dealing with domestic violence is one of the trickiest problems site managers face. You may have observed domestic violence first hand, responded to noise complaints from neighbors, have the police called to your site, been asked to terminate a lease against a resident's abusive spouse, or been...
Compliance

Follow HUD Rules When Determining Residential Income for Management Fee Calculations

July 29, 2012    
In last month's issue of the Insider, we told you of HUD's efforts to clamp down on excessive pay at public housing authorities by setting caps that extend and expand limits imposed by Congress. With increased HUD attention on salaries, this may be a good time for owners and managers to go...