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We offer a wide variety of training courses designed to meet the needs of all members of the affordable housing industry. We're also able to cater training to your specific needs.

All training is conducted by A. J. Johnson, a national leader in affordable housing compliance, so you can be confident that the information presented is accurate and complete.

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With over 100 years of combined experience in the affordable housing industry, our team can help you confidently manage risk.

  • A. J. Johnson


  • Betty Johnson


  • Chris Johnson

    Senior Asset Management Consultant

  • Jen Johnson

    Compliance Analyst

  • Linda Moss

    Compliance Analyst

  • Tanisha Johnson

    Compliance Analyst

  • Lori Neff

    Compliance Analyst

What makes us different?

A. J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc. is a small firm. That is by design – not by accident.

By staying small, we maintain a great deal of flexibility, a collegial atmosphere, hands-on opportunities for each individual, and grassroots ingenuity. With only six professional staff, each person recognizes their full worth to the company, leading to two-way loyalty — in good times and bad.

The single greatest advantage to our small size, and the main reason we resist excessive growth, is the ability of management to be involved in the work process and product. Clients always have the opportunity to work with decision-makers, and no report goes to a client without first having been reviewed by A. J. Johnson.



All of our staff members are experts in multifamily housing programs, and draw on a wealth of knowledge gained through real world experience.



Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing superior service and adapting quickly to each client’s needs.



We work closely with our clients to ensure their specific needs are addressed.



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A.J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc. Welcomes Back Lori Neff

A.J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc., a leader in affordable housing compliance consulting, is thrilled to announce the return of Lori Neff to our team. Lori rejoined the company on July 16, 2024, bringing diverse experience and expertise. A Familiar Face with Fresh Perspectives Lori worked as a Compliance Analyst with A.J. Johnson Consulting from 2003 to 2008 before establishing her own consulting firm. In the intervening years, she has expanded her skill set by working as a financial planner, loan officer, and insurance agent. This multifaceted background enhances our ability to provide comprehensive consulting services to our clients in the affordable housing industry. Expanding Our Expertise Lori's return significantly broadens our company's capabilities. Her expertise spans: Banking and financial services Property management Loan administration Insurance sales Client relationship management Additionally, Lori holds licenses as a Life & Health Insurance Officer and a Mortgage Loan Officer. She maintains affiliations with various professional associations in the mortgage and home-building industries, keeping her at the forefront of industry developments. A Specialized Role In her new position, Lori will work within our company's "Special Projects" section, focusing on extensive or unusual property reviews. Her responsibilities will include: Conducting tax credit, HOME, Section 8, and Section 515 compliance reviews Performing asset management reviews for various investor clients Handling complex cases that require in-depth analysis and expertise A.J. Johnson, founder of A.J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc., commented on Lori's return: "We are more than pleased to welcome Lori back to the fold. Her diverse experience and deep understanding of our industry will ensure that our clients continue to receive the most comprehensive consulting services in affordable housing." Lori's return to A.J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc. underscores our commitment to providing top-tier expertise and service to our clients. As the affordable housing landscape continues to evolve, we are confident that Lori's contributions will help our clients easily navigate complex compliance and management challenges. We invite our clients and industry partners to join us in welcoming Lori Neff back to the A.J. Johnson Consulting Services team.

Understanding HUD Special Claims

Understanding HUD Special Claims: A Comprehensive Guide for Property Owners and Managers Financial losses due to vacancy, unpaid rent, and tenant damages in subsidized housing can significantly impact property owners. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognizes this challenge and offers a solution through its special claims process. This article delves into the intricacies of HUD special claims, providing essential information for property owners and managers to navigate this reimbursement system effectively. What are HUD Special Claims? HUD special claims are a reimbursement mechanism designed to compensate owners of eligible HUD projects for financial losses resulting from vacancy loss, unpaid rent, and tenant damages. While filing these claims is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Management agents who neglect to file special claim requests fail to collect funds the property owner is entitled to and may also violate the terms of their Management Agreement. Eligibility Criteria The special claims process is available for several project types, including: Section 8 Section 202/8 Section 202 PAC Section 202 PRAC Section 811 PRAC To be eligible for a special claim related to unpaid rent, other charges, or damages, the former tenant must have been: Receiving rental assistance at the time of move-out or Had rental assistance terminated before moving out due to failure to comply with program requirements, such as: Not providing necessary information about family composition and income Failing to provide social security numbers Refusing to sign consent forms, verification forms, or HUD-50059 Not establishing citizenship or eligible immigration status Failing to move to an appropriately sized unit within 30 days of notification Special Requirements for Unpaid Rent and Other Charges To successfully claim for unpaid rent and other charges, owners/agents must meet several criteria: Proper Security Deposit Collection: The tenant must have provided the appropriate security deposit. Failure to do so may result in a reduced claim amount. Debt Collection Efforts: Owners/agents must certify they have billed tenants for unpaid rent and taken reasonable steps to collect the debt, including: Sending a certified letter detailing unpaid charges, demanding payment, and involving a collection agency if the tenant fails to pay. Compliance with State and Local Laws: The claim must adhere to state and local laws regarding security deposit deductions. Allowable Charges: "Other charges" may include fees for unreturned keys, late payments (if permitted by lease and local law), and previously billed damages that remain unpaid at move-out. Non-Allowable Charges: Legal fees, collection agency fees, unpaid utility bills, and costs for photographing unit damage are not eligible for claims. Special Requirements for Tenant Damages For damage claims, additional requirements apply: Certification of Tenant Negligence: Owners/agents must certify that the claimed damages resulted from tenant negligence or abuse. Extraordinary Repairs Only: Claims should be limited to repairs and replacements beyond normal wear and tear. No Duplication of Reimbursement: Owners cannot claim for damages already reimbursed through insurance, Reserve for Replacements, or Residual Receipts accounts. Proper Tenant Notification: Failure to provide tenants with an itemized list of damages will result in claim denial. Supporting Documentation To substantiate claims, owners/agents must provide comprehensive documentation, including: For Unpaid Rent: Signed HUD-50059 form showing required security deposit Proof of security deposit collection Copy of certified letter sent to tenant Documentation of collection agency efforts HUD approval for other charges (if applicable) For Damages: Move-in and move-out inspection reports Security deposit disposition notice Repair cost breakdown (invoices, receipts, or owner/agent certification) Claim Limitations and Timeline The total claim amount for unpaid rent and damages is capped at the monthly contract rent when the tenant vacated or had assistance terminated, minus the security deposit plus any interest earned. This limitation ensures fair compensation while preventing excessive claims. Importantly, HUD or the Contract Administrator must receive claim forms within 180 calendar days of the unit becoming available for occupancy. This timeline emphasizes the need for prompt and efficient claim processing. Conclusion The HUD special claims process offers property owners and managers a valuable opportunity to recover financial losses in subsidized housing scenarios. By understanding the eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, and claim limitations, housing professionals can effectively utilize this system to maintain financial stability and operational efficiency. While the process may seem complex, diligent record-keeping and adherence to HUD guidelines can streamline the claim submission process. As the housing landscape evolves, staying informed about such reimbursement mechanisms becomes increasingly crucial for successful property management in the affordable housing sector. For more detailed information and updates, property owners and managers are encouraged to consult the HUD Special Claims Processing Guide (HSG-06-01) and stay abreast of any policy changes or updates from HUD.

A. J. Johnson Offers Live Webinar on Tenant-on-Tenant Harassment

A. J. Johnson will conduct a webinar on June 20, 2024, on Navigating the Challenges Dealing with Tenant-on-Tenant Harassment in Multifamily Housing. The Webinar will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern time. Attending a webinar on Tenant-on-Tenant Harassment is crucial for multifamily housing professionals for several reasons: Understanding Legal Responsibilities: Gain insight into federal, state, and local laws regarding tenant harassment and the responsibilities of housing providers in preventing and addressing such issues. Enhancing Tenant Safety: Learn strategies to create a safe and respectful living environment, thereby reducing the risk of harassment and ensuring the well-being of all tenants. Improving Conflict Resolution Skills: Develop skills to effectively mediate and resolve conflicts between tenants, which can prevent harassment situations from escalating. Protecting Property Reputation: Learn the impact of tenant harassment on the property's reputation and how proactive management can enhance community perception and tenant satisfaction. Minimizing Legal Risks: Learn about the potential legal ramifications of tenant-on-tenant harassment and how to mitigate these risks through proper documentation, response protocols, and preventative measures. Compliance and Best Practices: Stay updated on best practices and compliance requirements to ensure the property meets all legal standards and fosters a harassment-free environment. Enhancing Staff Training: Acquire knowledge that can be used to train staff members to recognize, prevent, and respond effectively to tenant harassment. Creating a Positive Community: Foster a positive, inclusive, and respectful community culture that can improve tenant retention and satisfaction. By attending this webinar, multifamily housing professionals can equip themselves with the necessary tools and knowledge to handle tenant-on-tenant harassment effectively, ensuring a harmonious living environment and safeguarding their property s reputation and legal standing. Those interested in participating in the Webinar may register on the A. J. Johnson Consulting Services website (www.ajjcs.net) under "Training Schedule."

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