Feature Articles

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.

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...

How to Verify Cash Value, Income of Foreign Bank Accounts, CDs

April 17, 2017    

In HUD-assisted programs there is no asset limit for participation. However, the definition of “annual income” includes net income from family assets. And net family assets include monies held in savings and checking accounts in the United States or abroad. As a site owner or manager...

Send Post-Inspection Letters to All Residents to Head Off Maintenance Problems

April 17, 2017    

If you’re like most managers, you probably follow up with a resident after an annual unit inspection only if you found serious housekeeping problems during the inspection. But by limiting your follow-up to this situation, you could be missing a great opportunity to head off maintenance...

Implementing Integrated Pest Management

March 28, 2017    

By Carolyn E. Zezima, Esq.

Controlling pests is an essential aspect of maintaining your site in a safe and healthy condition as well as complying with HUD physical inspection standards. Pest infestations create significant health risks for people and can result in a pretty big...

How to Avoid Fair Housing Problems When Applicants and Residents Use Wheelchairs

March 10, 2017    

Federal fair housing law bans discrimination against people on the basis of disability. And mobility impairment is a disability under the law. So if you or your staff treat mobility-impaired applicants and residents in a discriminatory manner, you’re violating the law.

HUD Provides Guidance to PHAs on Implementing Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule

March 10, 2017    

HUD recently published Notice PIH-2017-03, which provides guidance to public housing agencies (PHAs) regarding the implementation and enforcement of smoke-free policies as required by HUD’s final rule prohibiting smoking in public housing. The effective date of the rule is Feb. 3, 2017,...

Five Dos & Don'ts for Calculating Income from 'Gig Economy' or Irregular Employment

February 10, 2017    

With the rising popularity of online services that match freelance labor and local demand, you may find that an increasing number of applicants or residents are earning their income from Uber and other “gig” companies like Lyft and TaskRabbit. These companies hire their workers as...

FTC Issues Screening Guidance for Owners

February 10, 2017    

Screening for credit and rental history are among the list of permitted screening criteria commonly used by owners [HUD Handbook 4350.3, par. 4-7(F)]. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued new guidance for owners who use background checks to screen tenants to help them comply with the...

PHA Verification Procedures When Noncitizen Claims VAWA Protections

February 10, 2017    

HUD recently issued a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) notice relating to noncitizen self-petitioner procedures under VAWA. This notice applies to public housing, Housing Choice Voucher assistance (including project-based vouchers), and Section 8 Mod Rehab.

Nine Requirements to Charge Sites for Frontline Retirement Plan Costs

January 13, 2017    

Offering a retirement account plan, such as a 401(k) plan, for your frontline on-site staff is a good way to attract and keep quality employees. And HUD lets you charge your contributions to these plans, as well as related administrative costs, to your site’s operating account.

HUD Posts Model Forms for VAWA Compliance

January 13, 2017    

HUD’s final rule implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 was published in November 2016. The final rule details the requirements for HUD-covered programs and became effective on Dec. 16, 2016.

VAWA 2013 maintains protections for public housing,...