Reminder Regarding DUNS Number

Last month, I reviewed the HUD requirement that all owners of HUD assisted properties obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Number no later than March 5, 2011. Failure to do so could result in a loss of subsidy.

If you are affected by this requirement and have not yet obtained the DUNS Number, you need to get on it as soon as possible. The number can be obtained through a relatively simple two-step process, which I will outline here:

1. You may request the number online at For live assistance, you can call 866-705-5711 and choose option 4 (grantee).

2. You will have to provide very specific information to obtain the number, including the following:
-Legal company name;
-Headquarters company name and address;
-Trade-style or DBA company name;
-Employer/taxpayer Identification number used on your tax returns; -Physical address;
-Mailing address;
-Telephone number;
-Contact name and title; and
-Number of employees at the company’s physical location.

You should receive the number in 10-15 minutes if you request it by phone; online requests will take a couple of days.