Feature Articles

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...

Penalties for Poor-Performing HCV and PBV Owners

May 16, 2023    

HUD recently published Notice PIH 2023-06, Notice on Remedies PHAs have for Poor Performing Owners in the Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher Programs. The notice informs public housing authorities of the available remedies they have when owners of Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and...

HUD Proposes Updated Housing Inspection Scoring Methodology

April 14, 2023    

HUD is in the process of overhauling its existing 20-year-old housing inspection protocols. The new system-wide housing inspection program is called NSPIRE, which stands for the “National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate.” HUD recently published its proposal for...

HUD PIH Issues Guidance on Over-Income Limits for Public Housing Families

April 14, 2023    

PHAs must fully implement over-income policies by July 14.


Record Retention Requirements to Keep in Mind for Spring Cleaning

April 14, 2023    

As we enter spring, the warm weather and rainy days may motivate you to conduct a thorough spring cleaning of your office files. But before you clean out your file cabinets or declutter your computer files, it’s important to review HUD’s record retention rules first.

HUD Releases Final HOTMA Rule on Income Reviews and Asset Limits

March 15, 2023    

HUD recently released its final rule for implementing the remaining Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) provisions. HOTMA was a bipartisan bill that sought to align and streamline public housing and multifamily programs.

Ask 6 Questions When Considering Accommodation Requests for Assistance Animals

March 15, 2023    

Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), housing residents or applicants can request reasonable accommodations, including the ability to have an assistance animal in their homes. The FHA requires owners “to make reasonable accommodations that a person with a disability may need to have equal...

HUD Warns Site Owners & Managers of Lithium-Ion Battery Risks

February 13, 2023    

E-bikes, e-scooters, e-mopeds, and other small electric mobility devices have experienced a surge in popularity. These devices use a small electric motor to increase their range and reduce the effort it takes to reach a destination. For example, e-bikes look and behave like traditional bicycles...

How the SECURE 2.0 Act Impacts Retirement Account Withdrawals

February 13, 2023    

Personal retirement accounts can be tricky to navigate when completing income certifications. They can be considered assets or income depending on if the resident has access to the retirement account funds and if distributions are regular and periodic or sporadic. Generally, when the regular...

IRS Boosts Business Standard Mileage Rates for 2023

February 13, 2023    

The IRS recently issued Notice 23-03, which contains the 2023 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.

Last year, the IRS made a rare midyear mileage rate adjustment in June as a way to...

HUD Moves to Implement New VAWA Requirements

January 17, 2023    

HUD recently requested public comment on plans to implement the key changes made by the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA 2022) to the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. VAWA 2022 was passed in March 2022, and it became effective on Oct. 1, 2022. The Violence Against Women Act provides...