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Carbon Monoxide Detector Mandates

“Safety First”…is one of those phrases we hear quite often…especially if you have kids or loved ones. When it comes to where we live, no matter what type of affordable housing we live in there resides the possibility of the silent killer…Carbon Monoxide. HUD has created a division called Healthy Homes Program to combat this […]

October TRACS Industry Working Group Meeting

Our TRACS industry meeting began on a sad note: Willie Spearman, Gail Williamson and Deb Lear have announced their retirement from HUD. These three individuals have made large contributions to the multifamily housing industry. They will be sorely missed!

Also discussed at the TRACS industry 202D working group meeting last week was how to address […]

Best practices for affordable housing Section 8 Owner/Agents that work!

I have attempted to assemble a list of best practices observed by O/A’s that work with multifamily affordable housing. The list is not all inclusive or in order of importance. The ideas presented are merely another tool to assist O/A’s in the challenging role of retaining tenants and trying to keep units fully occupied by […]

Implementing an Integrated Pest Management Strategy for Affordable Housing Properties

My kids can be pests but that is story for a different day. Pests on a property are certainly no joking matter.

Maintaining your property is no easy feat and when you add the unpredictable and uninvited guests…well it can be an arduous task to get rid of them. Having the right strategy for pest […]

There are no Vacancies for Sexual Predators in Affordable Housing

There is no doubt about it, I am a “News Hound”. I watch the news all of the time. One of the most gripping headlines always includes how a woman or a child was assaulted by a sexual predator. MSNBC has even created a long going documentary called “To Catch a Predator”.

I have […]

Landlord Refuses to Rent to a Woman with Children

I recently read the most appalling article where HUD brought charges to the owner of a five-unit apartment building in Lebanon, NH, for violating the Fair Housing Act because the landlord allegedly refused to rent one of the units to a family with children. HUD is pursuing these charges on behalf of a mother with […]

HUD Notice H10-21 “Optional Smoke-Free Housing Policy Implementation.”

Since I have had recent inquiries abut this policy it spurred me to think how such a policy could affect the multifamily affordable housing owner. The HUD issued Notice H10-21 “Optional Smoke-Free Housing Policy Implementation” encourages owners and management agents to implement smoke-free housing policies in some or all of the properties they own or […]