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Complying with HUD's New Guidance on Assistance Animals
On February 8, 2020, I posted an article on the new HUD guidance on how to assess requests to have an animal as a reasonable accommodation under fair housing law. This new guidance which is known as ... 03/29/2020
CARES Act - Impact on Multifamily Housing Operators
On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Senate Amendment to H.R. 748. This $2 trillion bill provides financial aid to indiv... 03/28/2020
A. J. Johnson Consulting Operations During COVID- 19 Crisis
Aside from the onsite training sessions we conduct on a regular basis, the current COVID-19 health crisis is not impacting the operations of our company. All of our staff work remotely and we are ful... 03/17/2020
Dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Multifamily Properties
At this time, all but one state (West Virginia) has reported cases of coronavirus, more accurately known as corona virus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Areas with dense populations are particularly sus... 03/15/2020
Understanding the Role of a Notary
In the affordable housing industry, verification of income and other eligibility elements is a common requirement. In most cases, third party verification is required, meaning that the provider of th... 02/29/2020
Landlord Agrees to Abandon Two-Person Per Bedroom Occupancy Policy in Conciliation Agreement
In the case of Inland Fair Housing & Mediation Board (IFHMB) v. Edwin A. Muradliyan Living Trust, Pacific Diversified No. 4 LLC, Cheri Todaro, Deanna Cordova, the respondent Landlord agreed to ab... 02/26/2020
NSPIRE - HUD Replacement for REAC Protocol is Moving Forward
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) is well underway in the overhaul of its Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) physical inspection protocol. The REAC inspection process will eve... 02/22/2020
HUD Publishes 2019 Income Limits for Average Income Minimum Set-Aside
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has published the income limits to be used by Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties for which the Average Income (AI) Minimum Set-Aside is e... 02/22/2020
Alabama Court Decision Requires that Restrictions on LIHTC Properties Must be Considered in Property Tax Assessments
On December 13, 2019, an Alabama Circuit Court ruled that use restrictions for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (and other types of affordable housing) must be considered when assessing the value of pro... 02/16/2020
A New Tool for Landlords "Non-Smoking" Policies
One of the most difficult parts of implementing a non-smoking policy at an apartment community is enforcing compliance. Detection of smokers can be difficult and precisely locating the source of smok... 02/15/2020
Assistance Animal Requests Under the Fair Housing Act - HUD Issues Important New Guidance
On January 28, 2020, HUD issued FHEO Notice 2020-01. The subject of the Notice is: Assessing a Person s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation (RA) under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) ... 02/08/2020
Special Needs Trust- Determination of Annual Income
Managers of affordable housing properties (e.g., Section 8 or LIHTC) must consider whether a household has assets that may contribute to the income of the household. Common assets include cash-on-han... 02/01/2020
IRS Issues Ruling on Determination of Income Limits for Average Income Minimum Set-Aside
On January 29, 2020, the IRS released Revenue Ruling 2020-4. This ruling outlines the requirements for determining the designated income limits under the Average Income (AI) Minimum Set-Aside. The... 01/31/2020
Excess Subsidy Repayment Agreements
When households receiving federal rental assistance such as Section 8 receive more assistance than they are entitled to based on their income, the residents are required to repay the excess amoun... 01/25/2020
2020 Mileage Rates
The IRS has issued the mileage rates for 2020, including the rate for miles driven for medical purposes. This is an important rate for Section 8 and Rural Development Properties since elderly househo... 01/20/2020
What Affordable Housing Managers Need to Know About Changes in Retirement Laws
Just before adjourning for the Christmas/New Year holiday, Congress included, and the President signed, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act in the federal governmen... 01/05/2020
Rules for Electronic Waiting Lists at Section 8 Properties
In most cases, HUD projects are required to maintain waiting lists. A waiting list is a formal record of applicants for housing assistance that identifies the applicant s name, date and time of appli... 01/04/2020
Minimum Wage to Increase in Many Areas
In 2020, 21 states will increase their minimum wage requirements for workers beginning January 1, 2020 and Connecticut, Nevada, and Oregon (and possibly Delaware) will have increases later in the yea... 01/01/2020
Modular Construction - Another Component for Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis
There is an affordable housing crisis in the United States of that there is no doubt. The reasons for the crisis are well known: a lack of will at the national level to provide necessary funding; a... 12/30/2019
HUD Publishes 2020 OCAF Rent Adjustments
On November 22, 2019, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) published the Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAF) for 2020. These factors apply to project-based assistance contract... 12/21/2019
REAC Requirements for Emergency Call Systems
On October 11, 2019, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) issued Notice PIH 2019-25, which provides guidance on emergency call systems in public housing. The notice applies to all ... 12/08/2019