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Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act Gaining Support

Since its introduction in June 2019, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act has garnered more support and co-sponsorships from Congressional members. If enacted into law, the legislation will increase the annual allocation of low-income housing tax credits by 50 percent…

Social Security COLA – 2020

The federal government announced on October 10, 2019 that the Social Security Cost of Live Adjustment (COLA) for 2020 will be 1.6%.  This increase will provide an additional $24 per month for the average retiree. This is significantly less than…

NCSHA Provides Updated LIHTC Compliance Forms

The National Council for State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) has released updated model compliance forms for housing credit developments. Virtually all Housing Credit agencies (HCAs) require Housing Credit development owners to use specific forms in their compliance reporting. NCSHA, in collaboration…

Fair Housing Definition of a Dwelling

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) applies to “dwellings.” This raises the technical issue of what a dwelling is. The answer is not as simple as one may think. The statute’s definition of a dwelling includes any building occupied or intended…

Determining the Income of LIHTC Applicants and Residents

The determination of income is a primary requirement when determining the eligibility of applicants and residents at Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Properties. While individual Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) have their own requirements relating to the determination of income, there…

HUD Issues Revised Final Implementation Notice for RAD Program

            On September 5, 2019, HUD issued Notice H-2019-09, PIH-2019-23 (HA), Rental Assistance Demonstration – Final Implementation, Revision 4. This revised notice provides program instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, including eligibility and selection criteria. Background             The…

Rental Application/Lease/Lease Riders – Critical LIHTC Documents

            It is important that early in the application process, prospects be advised of the applicable income limits and student requirements for occupancy in a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) property. Management should explain that the total gross income of…

Affordable Housing Platforms of Presidential Candidates

According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) 2019 Out of Reach report, a full-time worker needs to earn an average hourly wage of $22.96 to afford a modest, two-bedroom rental home in the United States. This amount is called…

New Software Available for Affordable Housing Properties

MRI Software has introduced MRI Affordable Housing, a property management and compliance software program for owners and managers of affordable housing and mixed-income portfolios. This software fully integrates with MRI’s conventional multi-family property management and financial solutions. It is intended…

Winning Reasonable Accommodation Cases – Smoking Complaints

Every owner and manager of a housing development understands (or should understand) that disabled applicants and residents have the right to request that properties be modified (reasonable modifications) or that rules be changed or waived (reasonable accommodations) so that the…

Housing & the 2020 Presidential Election

            Earlier this year, three Democratic presidential candidates – Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren – released plans for solving the affordable housing crisis. Two more 2020 hopefuls, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Any Klobuchar have more…

Winning Reasonable Accommodation Cases – Noise Complaints

Every owner and manager of a housing development understands (or should understand) that disabled applicants and residents have the right to request that properties be modified (reasonable modifications) or that rules be changed or waived (reasonable accommodations) so that the…

Family Members of Live-in Aides- New HUD Guidance

In the past, HUD guidance has indicated that family members of live-in aides could not reside with the aide in housing developments assisted under the HUD Multifamily Housing Division. This includes project-based rental assistance programs such as Section 8, as…

Winning Reasonable Accommodation Cases

Every owner and manager of a housing development understands (or should understand) that disabled applicants and residents have the right to request that properties be modified (reasonable modifications) or that rules be changed or waived (reasonable accommodations) so that the…

Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019

On June 25, 2019, four U.S. Senators and three members of the House introduced the Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019. The sole purpose of this proposed legislation is to repeal the qualified contract option for the federal Low-Income Housing…
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