Feature Articles

Reduce Costs, Save Time When Recertifying Income

July 14, 2020    

HUD recently published the final rule implementing Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation. HUD’s December 2017 interim rule amended regulatory language that applies to Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher program, Section 8, and Section 202/811 PAC/PRAC...

Take Advantage of Flexibility for Vacancy Claims During COVID

July 14, 2020    

Under normal circumstances, when an assisted unit becomes vacant, a new household doesn’t usually move in right away. It takes time to find an eligible household. And even if you have a waiting list, you may need time to complete the applicant household’s eligibility review and...

Prepare for REAC/NSPIRE Inspections to Resume in 2020

July 14, 2020    

On June 18, David Vargas, REAC’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, gave a presentation to the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) to discuss the safe return of Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) and National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) operations. In...

How to Restrict Residents' Right to Have Visitors During Pandemic

June 12, 2020    

Restricting visitors may be a legitimate health measure—as long as the restrictions are reasonable.

 

What to Do When HUD & State Laws Conflict

June 12, 2020    

U.S.-style federalism allows for federal and state laws to exist side by side. In the context of federally assisted housing, leases and landlord-tenant relations are governed by HUD rules even though they’re located on property subject to state regulation. Nevertheless, it can also get...

Domestic Violence During the Pandemic: How to Ensure Safe Housing at Your Site

May 29, 2020    

For victims of domestic violence, staying at home during the pandemic may not be the safest option.

 

Follow HUD Rules When Using Electronic Signatures, Document Delivery

May 29, 2020    

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD made certain limited electronic signing and document delivery options available to help reduce virus exposure for important resident interactions such as income recertifications and applicant processing. In a new notice issued by HUD’s...

Rundown of Recent Updates to HUD’s COVID-19 Q&A

May 29, 2020    

In May, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, which oversees contracts with private owners of HUD-assisted properties, made a fifth and sixth update to its “Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders: Coronavirus (COVID-19).” HUD has been using...

HUD Updates the COVID-19 Multifamily Q&A

May 1, 2020    

Here’s how to comply with the latest guidance on CARES Act provisions, building operations, and certifications.

 

On April 14, HUD published another update to the HUD COVID-19 Q&A document. HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, which oversees...

Follow Five Rules to Reduce the Risk of Sexual Harassment Claims

May 1, 2020    

In April, HUD observed Fair Housing Month by initiating a campaign against sexual harassment. This year's theme focused on protecting individuals from harassment by property owners, managers, maintenance workers, or other residents, and helped educate the public about what behaviors and...

HUD Publishes 2020 Income Limits

May 1, 2020    

HUD recently published the income limits for HUD programs. These new income limits are effective as of April 1, 2020. HUD sets income limits that determine eligibility for assisted housing programs including:

Remind Residents of Their Rent Responsibilities During COVID Crisis

May 1, 2020    

On April 24, HUD published a resource addressing tenant rent concerns during the temporary COVID-19 evictions ban. The brochure applies to assisted and insured housing programs administered by HUD’s Office of MFH Programs. The brochure doesn’t apply to participants in the Public...