Feature Articles

How to Determine Household Size for Income Eligibility

April 13, 2018    

Correctly determining the size of each household at your site is essential because the income limits you must use to check household eligibility are organized by household size. Although determining a household’s size sounds straightforward, it’s not as simple as counting the number...

Facilitate Eviction Process by Giving Attorney Relevant Documents, Information

April 13, 2018    

When you hire an attorney to evict a resident from your assisted site for violating the lease, you want to have the eviction handled as quickly and efficiently as possible. But the process may be unnecessarily hindered if you fail to give the attorney all the documents and information she needs...

How to Limit Alterations Households May Make

February 15, 2018    

Last year, the United States tallied a record high bill of $306 billion in weather-related disasters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The total amount includes damage from three of the five most expensive hurricanes in U.S. history: Hurricane Harvey cost...

How to Verify Status of Absent Member Confined to Hospital or Nursing Home

February 15, 2018    

Last month, in Set House Rules on Extended Absences and Abandonment, we discussed what may happen if an entire household leaves your site for an...

Set House Rules on Extended Absences and Abandonment

January 19, 2018    

Sometimes a household will disappear for weeks at a time. Signs may indicate the household may not come back. No one answers the household’s phone, their mail piles up, and their assigned parking space remains empty. When a unit is left unattended, health and safety hazards such as rotting...

HUD Updates Flat-Rent Requirements for PHAs

December 14, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing recently issued Notice PIH 2017-23, clarifying HUD’s interpretation of the statutory amendment related to flat rents.

How to Verify Household Composition Change When Member Moves Out

November 21, 2017    

When a household member leaves, you need to take into consideration possible changes to the household's subsidy and the possibility of having to move the household to another appropriately sized apartment. For example, after a member moves out, the household could still be getting allowances...

HUD Provides Guidance on Implementing HOTMA Inspection Provisions

November 21, 2017    

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently issued Notice PIH 2017-20, which provides guidance regarding the implementation of Housing Quality Standards for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs. The notice relates to the initial inspection of...

Five Tips for Boosting Your Rate of Return of Verification Forms

October 13, 2017    

HUD requires that you verify all information given to you by applicants and residents that affects your assessment of their eligibility for housing and level of assistance. The owner is responsible for determining if a verification documentation is adequate and credible.