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Rejecting an Affordable Housing Applicant

If you are an affordable housing provider, it is critical to know the rules regarding when an applicant for housing can be rejected. The software you use typically has a Waitlist module and some folks rely on the old spreadsheet method even today. Knowing the rules will greatly reduce complaints filed against the O/A. It’s […]

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Marketing Our Section 8 Property Using Concessions

It’s not allowed! We recently did a file audit on a HUD Section 8 property and discovered that they were giving concessions to section 8 residents for resident referrals. That might be a great idea for the Conventional applicants but it does not apply to HUD Section 8. I vaguely remembered that it was not […]

What to do when a HUD Subsidized Tenant Claims “Zero Income”

My first question is​ “​Did you go through the Zero Income Questionnaire with your Tenant? ​”​The tenant may think that “income” means employment only income. As we know​, ​and as defined in Chapter 5 of the HUD Handbook 4350.3 Change 4 & Exhibit 5-1, income includes several sources ​ including​ Federal Wage, Non-Federal Wage, SS […]

Section 8 Medical Expenses for Assistance Animals

At AHTCSOnline, we wanted to start off the New Year by talking about the medical expenses of assistance animals. The HUD regulations can be a bit hazy at times particularly regarding the cost of medical expenses for assistance animals.

When we search the HUD handbook 4350.3 for written guidance, policy or notices for what expenses […]

HUD Medical Expenses 2015 Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS has issued the 2015 standard mileage rates used to calculate the medical deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be .23 cents per mile driven […]

Housing Notice 2014-16 on Waiting List Administration Published

This notice provides guidance on the administration of waiting lists for Multifamily Housing properties, on the topics of opening the waiting list, placing applicants on the waiting list, and outreach. You can find the complete notice here: http://www.ahtcsonline.com/Industry Links/HUD Notices/hud_notice_H2014_16.pdf

Opening the waiting list; As stated in HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1, paragraph 4-16.B.2, when an […]

HUD Passbook Rate Change-follow up

Hopefully everyone is aware of the HUD passbook rate change. Effective February 1, 2015, the passbook savings rate to be used for all move-in, initial, annual, and interim recertifications when a family has net assets over $5,000 is .06% (that’s .0006 and no rounding).

This new rate will affect the following subsidy types:

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“Adult Child” Definition for a HUD Section 202/8 Property

What exactly is the HUD definition for “Adult Child”? At a affordable housing, HUD Section 202/8 property for the elderly, an adult child is not allowed to move in “after” initial occupancy unless the adult child is necessary for the care and well-being of the elderly tenant. So, what if the adult child is 62 […]

Foster Adults and Foster Children in Section 8

The discussion of Foster Adults and Foster Children has come up a lot in recent affordable housing conversations. The confusion stems from the changes in policy as we transition from TRACS 202C to the TRACS 202D release. I have found that in some of my classes when I have asked my attendees if any income […]

Failure to Respond to the Request for Verification

This month we are dealing with a tenant in a Section 8, affordable housing property who has a state legal guardian and who will not respond to requests for income verification notices or award letters. But that is not the only issue here. There is also the need to assess whether the “Special Needs Trust” […]

Adjustments for Prior Overpayment of Benefits in Section 8

Determining income in affordable housing can sometimes be a balancing act but when in doubt there are many resources such as the HUD Handbook or even the TRACS Discussion Forum.

Today I have a tenant who has provided us with a letter from SS stating her monthly payment is being “adjusted” due to overpayment from […]

Updating AR’s with New Income Limits

HUD has been great about getting the income limits out on time in most recent years. With the government shutdown they were still able to get those income limits posted prior to the commencement of the New Year. Questions always arise as to “when do I implement the income limits?” and “what about Applicants who […]

Two New Additional EIV Income Reports

To alleviate any confusion out there in regards to the two new additional EIV reports: The “No Income Reported on 50059” and the “No Income Reported by HHS or SSA” are REQUIRED to be used in conjunction with and be described in your EIV Use Policy and Procedure Manual. These reports Identify tenants who passed […]

Section 8 Child Support Deduction and Verification

I have never been a single parent so I can only speculate through the experience of my friends that it is not an easy task. Collecting Child Support can also be a difficult process because you are somewhat powerless as to whether you are going to be able to collect those funds from the working […]

Purchase the NEWLY published 4350.3 Rev. 1 Chg. 4 with tabs for $150

The NEW 4350.3, Rev 1, Change 4 was just released today. Many sites will now have outdated HUD Occupancy Handbooks. Order a new one today for your site and all of your sites so they are up to date.This is a “must have” handbook for any property which services HUD affordable housing properties!! Our HUD […]

Mileage as a Medical Deduction for Qualified Section 8 Tenants

When I attend the TRACS Industry meetings (and depending on the conversation) I usually hear attendees advocating for the property managers of affordable housing. Things which resonate to me: “What would make things easier for the property managers?”, “that is making it complicated and too burdensome on the property managers!”. It makes me feel good […]

When a Section 8 Tenant Dodges Income

One of the goals of HUD’s RHIIP initiative is to reduce over payments and underpayments which they have done through the Enterprise Income Verification system (EIV). The creation of the EIV system has really helped in the recovery of HUD funds for those over-payments of HUD subsidy. My feeling is that the EIV system was […]

Screening Affordable Housing Tenants for Drug Abuse and Other Criminal Activity

Dealing with Section 8 tenants who may be involved with drugs or addiction is hard enough for a family. But, according to the HUD Occupancy handbook, the Owner/Agent has the responsibility to protect the residents; “Owners must establish written screening criteria to prohibit the admission of certain individuals who have engaged in drug-related criminal behavior, […]

TRACS 202D and Repayment Agreements

Although I have previously written an article on this subject before it wasn’t until now that there was some more clarity from TRACS 202D and the impending TRACS release in September. Through this release we now have a recovery system in place through a new Section 7 of the MAT 30 record. However the question […]

Timing of HUD Section 8 Tenant Reported Income

After spending my beginning years in technical support at an affordable housing software company I was often asked many questions in regard to the timing of tenant reported income.

I would always refer them to the HUD 4350.3 Handbook as it gives the best examples. In my opinion, I think each revision of the 4350.3 […]

Unauthorized Occupancy in a Section 8 Unit

Two’s company, three is a crowd…unless the third person is pitching in for the rent and other utilities. But what do you do when you have a person in a Section 8 unit who is not on the lease? Unauthorized occupancy is the most difficult thing in the world to prove in affordable housing. You […]

Exercising a Reasonable Accommodation in HUD Multifamily

What do we do as affordable housing Owners/Property managers of a Section 8 property when an Applicant requests a “Reasonable Accommodation” and it turns out the applicant fabricated the need just so they could have a larger unit? Here is a story of how

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Performing the HUD Required Annual Recertification Interviews

Since section 8 Owner/Agents are required to complete an annual recertification for each tenant family, it is important to realize that there are key differences between the annual recertification interview and the one performed when they first apply for affordable housing. At the Application interview Owners/Agents gather more data than at annuals (for example, all […]

When is a Section 8 tenant considered “Moved out”?

You may have thought that in affordable housing when you received the keys that the tenant was considered to be moved out, but that is simply not the case. A property cannot wait on moving out a tenant because they didn’t receive their keys, especially when they know that the unit has been vacated. According […]