Legislation & Regulations

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…

HUD Publishes Draft VAWA Notices, August 1, 2017

HUD published a “60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Implementation of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013,” in the August 1, 2017 Federal Register.   This notice provides four draft documents associated with VAWA, (1) form HUD 5380,…

Definitions and Terminology Relating to VAWA 2013

On November 16, 2017, I sent a memo to clients informing them of the publication of the HUD Final Rule implementing the changes to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Over the next few weeks, I will send a series…

HUD Final Rule on VAWA – November 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) final rule regarding the implementation of housing protections authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) was published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2016.   In…

HUD Moving Aggressively on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is moving forward aggressively with the departments new “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” campaign to desegregate the country’s primarily white neighborhoods. Rockford, IL will be an early test for HUD’s ability to impose…

2014 Year End Legislative Efforts

As always, the end of the year brings intense legislative activity in Washington. Recent actions affecting housing include the following:   House Tax Extender Package The House passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 on December 3, which will…

Uniform Relocation Act Requirements

Overview of the Uniform Relocation Act (URA) The Uniform Act, passed by Congress in 1970, is a federal law that establishes minimum standards for federally funded programs and projects that require the acquisition of real property or displace persons from…

HUD to Ease PHA Income Verification Requirements

HUD is in the process of preparing new rules that will allow public housing authorities (PHAs) to drastically alter the income verification requirements for public housing and Section 8 Voucher tenants. These changes could impact owners of Low-Income Housing Tax…

2014 Appropriations Act Makes Changes to Program Rules

The President signed the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act into law on January 17, 2014. In addition to funding for the Nation’s various housing programs, the Act also made some substantive changes to the law relative to Housing Choice Vouchers and…

Rural Area Definition – Legislative Update (June 28, 2013)

Approximately 900 communities across the United States that are currently considered “rural” for purposes of United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs are in danger of losing their rural designation. The communities will no longer be considered rural based on…

HUD Proposed Rule on Pet Deposits for Multifamily Housing

HUD published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on May 24, 2013 that would change the requirements for owners of HUD-assisted multifamily housing relative to the collection of pet deposits on projects intended for occupancy by elderly or disabled…

Administration Proposals to Improve the LIHTC Program

As part of its 2014 budget, the Obama Administration has made five specific proposals relative to the LIHTC Program.   Allow states to convert some of their authority relating to the issuance of tax-exempt bonds into additional tax credits. (This…

Bipartisan Policy Center Recommendations

The Bipartisan Policy Center was founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell for the purpose of developing and recommending sound solutions to national problems. The Center has recently issued a…

Section 45L Energy Tax Credit

Section 45L Energy Tax Credit   When Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, it extended the Section 45L tax credit, which provides eligible contractors of homes -including apartments -, with a tax credit of $2,000 per energy…
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