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When Should I Handout The VAWA Forms?

HUD has clarified that owners MUST begin now to give current and newly-admitted households a copy of the new notice of occupancy rights and the certification form. This MUST be done either during the annual recertification or lease renewal process, or, if there will be no recertification or lease renewal for a household during the […]

Exemptions to the Section 8 Minimum Rent

Tenants in properties subsidized through the Section 8 program must pay a minimum rent (TTP) of $25. However, bare in mind that the Minimum rent rule does not apply to Section 202 PAC, Section 202 PRAC, Section 811 PRAC, RAP, Rent Supplement, Section 221(d)(3) BMIR or Section 236 programs.

The minimum rent is used when […]

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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 […]

Change in Family Size After Initial Occupancy

What happens to a family who moves into a Section 8 unit, and becomes overcrowded or underutilized due to a change in family size? For instance, they can expectantly (or unexpectedly) have a baby or two.

In affordable housing, the owner may require the family to move to a unit of appropriate size. If a […]

Verifying Assets Owned Jointly in Section 8 Housing

What happens when an applicant/resident in affordable housing reports he has ownership in real estate, but also claims technically that he does not effectively own the house, as he simply co-signed the loan to help his sibling? The sibling lives in the house and the deed reflects the names of both the applicant/tenant and the […]

Making Your Section 8 Property Alcohol Free

As an affordable housing property owner, we’ve elected to have a smoke-free building…although we had some residents make a small fuss; most have followed the new rules. Now a small number of folks in our community want to have a party in their community room and a few have asked if they can bring in […]

Applying the Section 8 Student Rule

Question: If a household with a mother and four minor kids resides in a Section 8 unit and the kids want to go to college after graduating from high school, the handbook says that both parents must qualify for Section 8 “individually or jointly”.

So if the non-custodial parent who has been paying child support […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – Impending Announcement

The legal skirmishing of the PBCA selection process has delayed this announcement now for quite some time, however the affordable housing industry has been waiting patiently for this eventual announcement. So as of June 3, 2013, the status of the PBCA NOFA is this:

“Unless HUD is prohibited from doing so by the United States […]

Top 10 Posts for all days ending 06-18-2013

Once in a while I like to reflect upon what seems to be the more important issues facing the affordable housing industry based on the number of views we’ve had on the articles. Please feel free to share your thoughts on any of these subjects or you can email me at info@ahtcsonline.com if there are […]

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, […]

The HUD Required Security Deposit Amount

All affordable housing leases and rental agreements require a security deposit. This is a dollar amount, usually one month’s rent, that’s intended to cover damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear, and to cushion the financial blow if a tenant skips out early on the lease without paying. However the security deposit rules […]

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 […]

2013 Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs) Published

The Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAF) for 2013 were published in the October 16, 2012 Federal Register. These factors are used for adjusting or establishing Section 8 rents under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRA), as amended, for projects assisted with Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments. The factors are effective […]

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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Sole Place of Residence for a Section 8 Applicant or Tenant?

There have been plenty of questions/concerns in affordable housing in regard to a Section 8 resident’s sole place of residence. I mean how many places can a tenant live? If they own the apartment or house, and they rent it out…no problem, you have to count it as an asset and count the rental income. […]

Another Completed Affordable Housing File Audit

Undergoing a file audit on your Section 8 property is a major undertaking. I think some folks are a bit nervous about somebody coming to “check their work.” Nobody likes to have their work criticized. But honestly the focus or the thoughts should be…”I’m finally having somebody check my files to make sure I didn’t […]

Sample Affordable Housing Smoke-Free Housing Policy

ABC Apartments, is a designated Smoke-Free Housing Complex in accordance with all local, state and federal laws. We have amended our Section 8 House Rules to include a new smoke free housing policy for our community.

NO SMOKING POLICY – No Smoking: Due to the increased risk of fire, increased maintenance costs and the known […]

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 […]

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