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Housing & the 2020 Presidential Election

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            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…

Update on Criminal Screening for Occupancy

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A recent fair housing settlement in New York City illustrates the importance of having screening policies for criminal records that only screen for criminal behavior that presents an actual threat to people or property. A New York City property management…

PHA Options in Repositioning Public Housing

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On November 13, 2018, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) notified Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) of the options available relative to the repositioning of public housing projects. PHAs have three options relative to how they will ultimately deal…

HUD Issues Utility Allowance Factors for 2019

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HUD published in the November 23, 2018 Federal Register the Utility Allowance Adjustment Factors (UAFs) for 2019. HUD permits owners to use these adjustment factors to adjust baseline utility allowances that were prepared in accordance with Housing Notice 2015-04. The…

Minimum Wage Update – 2019

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As we enter 2019, the minimum wage will change in a number of states and localities. As affordable housing professionals, it is always a good idea to be aware of the minimum wage in the states in which you have…

Importance of Regular Review of Company Handbooks & Policies

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Many property management companies create operations and compliance handbooks and policies to assist staff in understanding the company’s operational procedures. Once completed, the handbooks and policies are rarely (if ever) reviewed and updated. A periodic audit of a company’s employment…