CDC Issues Emergency Order Halting Residential Evictions
On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an Agency Order for a Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19. This orde... 09/06/2020
Claiming Credit Without an 8609 - Impact of the Centralized Partnership Audit Regime
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 created the Centralized Partnership Audit Regime (CPAR). This created a new process for amending or making changes to certain federal partnership tax returns for eff... 09/05/2020
Court Decision Restates Owner's Right to Information Relating to Accommodation Request
A recently decided Indiana case once again makes it clear that landlords have the right to request certain information to determine that an accommodation request for a disabled person is both reasona... 08/30/2020
Mandated Mask Wearing in Apartments Must be in the Form of a Written Policy
More and more apartment owners and managers are considering mandating the wearing of masks for residents, guests, and others in common areas of apartment communities. While such a policy makes good s... 08/29/2020
HUD Updates COVID-19 Guidance
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for subsidized multifamily housing programs to encourage owners to take certain longer-... 08/24/2020
September 1 Webinar on Income Calculation & Verification
A. J. Johnson will be conducting a webinar on September 1, 2020, on Calculation and Verification of Income at Affordable Housing Properties. The Webinar will be held from 1:00 PM to 3 PM Eastern Time... 08/24/2020
Executive Order Does Not Extend Eviction Moratorium
I have received a number of questions from clients lately expressing confusion with regard to whether tenants in certain federally assisted properties are still protected from eviction due to non-pay... 08/16/2020
A. J. Johnson Partnering with Mid-Atlantic AHMA - Webinar on Preparing Affordable Housing Projects for Physical Inspections
A. J. Johnson is partnering with the Mid-Atlantic Affordable Housing Management Association (Mid-Atlantic AHMA) in offering a webinar on Preparing Affordable Housing Properties for Agency Required Ph... 08/16/2020
New HUD Rule Eliminates Fair Housing Act Requirement to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing
On Friday, August 7, 2020, HUD announced its new Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice rule (85 Federal Register 47899) (the Choice Rule ), repealing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Hou... 08/15/2020
Court Decision- A Compromised Immune System is Not a Disability
In the case of Eastwood v. Willow Bend Lake Homeowners Association, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108389, June 2020), a court denied a Texas resident s request for an emergency order to allow him to fence of... 08/14/2020
HUD Announces Resumption of REAC Inspections
On August 7, 2020, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has announced that REAC inspections will resume, under a protocol that will prioritize the inspection of properties in count... 08/13/2020
A. J. Johnson Offering Webinar on Handling Assets on Affordable Housing Properties
A. J. Johnson will be conducting a webinar on August 18, 2020 on Dealing with Resident Assets at Affordable Housing Properties. The Webinar will be held from 1:00 PM to 3 PM Eastern Time. This two... 08/10/2020
Multifamily Property Owners in Forbearance Required to Inform Tenants of Protections
On August 6, 2020, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that multifamily property owners with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) who enter into a new or mo... 08/08/2020
Despite Recent HUD Guidance, States Must Still Update Qualified Allocation Plans to Reflect IRS Monitoring Regulation
In February 2019, the IRS published a final regulation on how State Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) must monitor for compliance with the requirements of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIH... 08/02/2020
Affordable Housing Improvements May be Included in Next COVID-19 Legislation
While it is been delayed due to a Senate recess, there will be another COVID-19 relief package. Hopefully, it will be passed by Congress by mid-August and based on indications from Congressional staf... 08/01/2020
Rapid Action Needed for Owners Needing HUD COVID-19 Supplemental Payments
On July 23, 2020, HUD published Housing Notice H-2020-08, Availability of Funds for COVID-19 Supplemental Payments (CSPs) for Properties Receiving Project-Based Rental Assistance Under the Section 8... 07/29/2020
HUD Implements Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Program
On July 15, 2020, HUD published in the Federal Register a Notice implementing the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Mobility Demonstration Program. This program was authorized by the 2019 and 2020 Appropr... 07/26/2020
HUD Issues Final FAST Act Streamlining Rule
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has issued its final rule implementing Fixing America s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation. The rule was effective on June 8, 2020. ... 07/26/2020
IRS Provides Clarification on COVID-19 Issues
The IRS recently issued guidance relating to COVID-19 relief for LIHTC projects (July 1). The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) requested clarification from the IRS on two of the pro... 07/24/2020
Normal Wear & Tear - What is it?
A question I often get from clients with regard to the requirement to return security deposits is What is the difference between normal wear and tear and tenant damage? It s an important question, ... 07/19/2020
National Fair Housing Alliance Files Suit Against Multiple Assisted Living Operators
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) has filed suit against eight companies that operate 16 assisted living facilities in the Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe metropolitan areas. The su... 07/18/2020