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To File Special Claims or not

I wish there was a Special Claim for “Not enough time in the day” but I guess I will have to wait for that one. Some affordable housing properties submit claims and others may not think it’s worth their staff’s time. Others file them when necessary. Would I file a Regular Vacancy claim for a […]

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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How to Correct a Move-Out in TRACS 202D

What happens when we processed a Move-Out (50059-A) for a tenant for the wrong date? How can we fix this? Once a Move-Out (MAT40) transaction for a household has been processed, the ‘Move-Out Code’ can be corrected by submitting a subsequent Move-Out (MAT40) transaction for the same effective date

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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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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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Unit Inspections for Section 8 Housing

I hate cleaning…well, I hate some aspects of it. I don’t mind vacuuming or mopping the floors…but I know I dislike dusting which makes me sneeze. No Matter how much I dislike cleaning, it is imperative to have well maintained affordable housing units. Having a clean and well maintained property contributes to a healthy environment […]

MOR’s May Be Suspended, But Let’s Pretend They Weren’t!

As you may or may not have noticed, nobody from HUD or your Contract Administrator is knocking on your door to perform your annual management occupancy review (MOR). This past year all of the performance-based contracts went out for re-bid. Some PBCA’s were happy with the results but most were not. The eleven PBCA awards […]

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 […]

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 […]

Section 8 Renewal Guide and M2M Operating Procedures

Section 8 Renewal Guide and M2M Operating Procedures Guide Set Policy for Renewing Section 8 Project Based Contracts (RHIIP Listserv Posting # 247)

The policy document for renewing Section 8 contracts not subject to restructuring is the Section 8 Renewal Guide that is posted on the HUD website at http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/mfh/mfhsec8.cfm. This Guide and the […]

Our HUD Multifamily Industry Resources

During an average day of property management you may find yourself confronted with an issue and asking yourself “what am I supposed to do now?”. We may or may not realize during the heat of the moment that there are resources that are afforded to us within our industry to answer that very question.

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Choosing the right affordable housing software vendor

Selecting the right affordable housing software vendor is a task which, in my opinion, is like shopping for a new car. How much do you have to spend? Do you want just a car? Do you want an SUV? Or do you need a truck? Once you pick the type of vehicle you want, then […]

TRACS 202D working group is making progress

In today’s TRACS 202d working group conference call, progress was made in our discussion of the MAT 202d MAT User Guide. Clarification and some discussion made understanding the changes much more clearer. Policy changes are also still in the works and HUD has been working very closely and most importantly very cooperatively (as they usually […]