Feature Articles

How to Comply with Federal Protections for Tenant Organizing in HUD-Assisted Housing

September 18, 2023    

The penalties for violating a resident’s right to organize are stiff.


Residents have certain rights involving resident organizations. HUD has “Right to Organize” regulations that affirm and protect the rights of residents in privately owned HUD-assisted...

How to Communicate Common Area Rules to Protect Site, Reduce Liability

September 18, 2023    

Your common areas play a major role in your site’s success. They’re the first part of the site that applicants see and they’re the “neighborhood” in which all your residents live. But your residents may cause problems in your common areas, deliberately or not. They...

Free COVID-19 Test Kits for Section 202 Sites Still Available

September 18, 2023    

As COVID-related hospitalizations rise, take steps to ensure the health of older residents.


As summer ends and fall approaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking rising rates of COVID-19. According to CDC data, though rates remain far below...

How to Treat Financial Benefits Households Get from Community Solar Programs

August 14, 2023    

Do you factor the benefit into the tenant’s utility allowance or include it in annual income?


Best Practices When Rejecting Applicants

August 14, 2023    

And denying admissions into the Multifamily Housing program.


Earlier this year, the White House published a “Blueprint for a Renter Bill of Rights” that was intended to support the development of policies and procedures that promote fairness for those living in...

Final NSPIRE Inspection Standards: What You Need to Know

July 14, 2023    

The notice marks the first comprehensive overhaul of inspection standards in 20 years.


HUD recently published the Final Notice for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) in the Federal Register. There are four main notices to HUD’s...

HUD Releases NSPIRE Final Scoring, Administrative Procedures Notices

July 14, 2023    

We highlight the noteworthy changes and clarifications in both notices.


HUD’s National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) changes are scheduled to be effective for multifamily inspections as of Oct. 1, 2023. And public housing inspections...

HUD Aligns Inspection Regulations, Publishes NSPIRE Final Rule

June 15, 2023    

The final rule incorporates important changes based on public comments on the proposed rule.


HUD Issues Income Limits for Fiscal Year 2023

June 15, 2023    

The average increase across all areas was 5.45 percent.


On May 15, HUD issued the fiscal year 2023 income limits that determine eligibility for various HUD-assisted housing programs, including the Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher,...

Do Community Solar Benefits Distributed to Households Count for Annual Income?

June 15, 2023    

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing recently issued a memo on the treatment of solar benefits for residents in master-metered buildings that use community or rooftop solar power. The guidance addresses how building owners can distribute the financial benefits of community or rooftop solar...

New Rules in Effect for Section 8 Rent Comparability Studies

May 16, 2023    

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs recently published updated guidance for owners of sites taking part in its Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) program. The last update to the Section 8 Renewal Guidebook was in 2017. This recent update is centered around HUD’...

How to Properly Charge for Late Payment of Rent

May 16, 2023    

If you’re like most assisted site owners and managers, you probably charge late fees when residents don’t pay their rent on time. Charging late fees is a good way to avoid late rent payments and recover the administrative costs of dealing with them. But HUD has specific rules on how...