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2023 Income Limits Will Be Delayed

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) normally publishes annual income limits in early April of each year. However, complications with calculating the limits due to COVID-19 will cause a delay in the release of the limits in…

Virginia Housing Looking for Compliance Staff

Virginia Housing (formerly Virginia Housing & Development Authority) has three positions open in Compliance & Asset Management. If interested, you may access the position descriptions at https://us63.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/VHDA. Virginia Housing (VH) is one of the premier Housing Finance Agencies in the…

Service Coordinators – A Plus for Affordable Senior Housing

Multi-family properties with federal assistance can benefit greatly from the presence of an on-site service coordinator. These coordinators provide supportive services and act as advocates for vulnerable residents. These coordinators are members of the management team and play a significant…

DC Voucher Discrimination Results in Record Penalty

The District of Columbia entered into a consent agreement on October 15, 2022, requiring three real estate firms (Daro Realty, LLC, Daro Management Services, and Infinity Real Estate, LLC)  and firm executives to pay a record $10 million in penalties…

IRS Provides Unexpected Extension of COVID Relief

The IRS has published Notice 2022-52, providing unexpected extensions to HFAs and LIHTC properties due to the COVID pandemic. The relief has been granted due to unavoidable labor and supply-chain disruptions delaying the construction, rehabilitation, and restoration of properties throughout…

Significant Improvements in Final Average Income Regulation

The IRS released final and temporary regulations on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Average Income Test Regulations on October 7, 2022. The regulation is now in effect. In general, these substantive final regulations provide significant flexibility with respect to satisfying…

Social Security COLA – 2023

The federal government announced on October 13, 2022, that the Social Security Cost of Live Adjustment (COLA) for 2023 will be 8.7%, which is the largest increase since 1981. This increase will provide an additional $146 per month for the…

IRS Issues Final Average Income Regulation

On October 7, 2022, the IRS published final and temporary regulations on the average income set aside for the LIHTC program. A quick review of the regulation indicates that the “cliff test” has been eliminated and owners will have more…

Meta (formerly Facebook) Settles Fair Housing Complaint with DOJ

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has entered into a Settlement Agreement resolving allegations that Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known as Facebook, Inc., has engaged in discriminatory advertising in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The proposed agreement resolves a…

HUD Finalizes New MOR Scheduling Protocol

Section 8 properties are subject to audits and inspections known as Management & Occupancy Reviews (MORs). HUD has recently introduced a new risk-based management and occupancy review schedule. The new schedule is designed to streamline and reduce the number of…

Court Rules Against Landlord and Will Not Dismiss LEP Case

A fair housing non-profit organization is suing two DeWitt, New York apartment complexes, alleging that they discriminate against foreign-born residents by refusing to rent to anyone who does not have someone who speaks English fluently living with them. CNY Fair…

HOME Funds Trigger Section 504 Compliance

One of the most common questions I get from clients with HOME funding for their project is whether Section 504 requirements apply when HOME funding is present. THE ANSWER IS ALMOST ALWAYS – YES! What is Section 504? Section 504…
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