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IRS Releases Major LIHTC Program Guidance – July 1, 2020

On July 1, 2020, the IRS released an advanced copy of proposed regulations concerning low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) housing finance agency (HFA) monitoring requirements and Notice 2020-53, which provides COVID-19 related relief to issuers, owners, operators, and tenants of…

Housing Crisis Looms with End of Eviction Moratoriums

The United States is on the cusp of a housing crisis. As states begin lifting eviction moratoriums, and with the July rent coming due, millions are still suffering from the economic damage caused by the pandemic. In Congress, Senator Elizabeth…

A COVID-19 Best Practice Reminder for Multifamily Housing

COVID-19 IS A SERIOUS RESPIRATORY ILLNESS THAT CAN SPREAD FROM PERSON TO PERSON. It is unfortunate that months into this crisis, people still have to be reminded about how serious an illness COVID-19 is. The current resurgent outbreaks in multiple…

How to Notify Residents of Confirmed COVID-19 Case

I have received a lot of questions lately regarding the rights of landlords and residents when a resident at an apartment community tests positive for the coronavirus. While a landlord is required to notify residents and the public regarding a…

CARES Act Eviction Moratorium applies to the HOME Program

The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recently sent a reminder to HOME Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) of their responsibility to notify property owners and tenants about the temporary eviction moratorium established by Section 4024 of the CARES Act. The…

National Report on Affordable Housing Preservation Released

A Joint report of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) on the affordable housing preservation situation and needs in the United States was released in late May. The report focuses…

Warn Residents of COVID-19 Scams

Scammers, fraudsters, and other criminals are taking advantage of rapidly changing data and facts associated with COVID-19, both in the workplace and in our homes. Government agencies, corporations, and news outlets continue to warn individuals to be mindful of increased…

HUD Issues Notice on Electronic Signatures

On May 26, 2020, HUD issued Notice H20-4, Electronic Signature, Transmission and Storage – Guidance for Multifamily Assisted Housing Industry Partners. This Notice provides guidance to HUD multifamily assisted housing partners on electronic signatures, electronic transmission, and electronic storage of…

Procedures for Requesting a Private Letter Ruling

A Private Letter Ruling (PLR) is a written decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that is sent in response to a taxpayer’s request for guidance on unusual circumstances or complex questions about their specific tax situation. For certain transactions…

Webinar on Fair Housing and COVID-19

A. J. Johnson will be conducting a webinar on June 2, 2020 on Complying with Fair Housing Law in the Age of COVID-19. The Webinar will be held at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. This one hour webinar will provide property…

Joe Biden Releases Housing Plan

Former Vice President and presumed Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has released a comprehensive housing plan – much of which deals with affordable rental housing, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Following are the major elements of the 81-page…

HUD Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and HOME Projects

On May 1, 2020, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) issued updated guidance relative to application of the CARES Act to projects with HOME funding. Section 4024 of the CARES Act imposes a temporary moratorium on evictions. The…
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