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IRS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Average Income Test

On October 30, the IRS published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register. This Notice concerns the LIHTC Average Income Test and outlines the current intention of the IRS with regard to certain rules governing the Average Income…

Website Accessibility Bill Introduced in Congress

On October 1, 2020, Congressmen Lou Correa (D-CA) and Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the bipartisan Online Accessibility Act (H.R. 8478) which would create guidance to help businesses ensure their website complies with the ADA. The purpose of the bill is…

Venmo – Understanding the Payment App

In the process of reviewing thousands of tenant files annually, we are seeing rapid growth in Venmo and PayPal transactions on bank accounts. We often receive questions from property managers regarding how to handle these transactions, with the primary question…

HUD Updates COVID-19 Guidance

On October 14, HUD issued updated guidance on COVID-19 as it relates to HUD-assisted properties. Following is some of the new guidance issued by HUD. On-Site COVID Testing HUD will permit the temporary use of property common areas, parking lots,…

Impact of COVID-19 on Affordable Housing Properties

A recently published study by NDP Analytics, funded in part by the National Leased Housing Association, outlines the dramatic impact that COVID- 19 has had – and will continue to have – on affordable housing. According to the study, “Impacts…

Social Security COLA – 2021

The federal government announced on October 13, 2020, that the Social Security Cost of Live Adjustment (COLA) for 2021 will be 1.3%.  This increase will provide an additional $20 per month for the average retiree. This is slightly less than…

Upcoming 2021 Social Security COLA

The Social Security Administration is scheduled to release the 2021 Cost-of-Living Adjustment for Social Security tomorrow (October 13, 2020). Operators of affordable housing properties should be on the look-out for the announcement and include the increase in projected income for…

Helping Older Adults Age Safely in Place

With the aging of the U.S. population, the number of older adults living if affordable housing is growing and the average age of residents is increasing. Assisting residents to age in place safely is good for both property owners and…

CDC Issues Emergency Order Halting Residential Evictions

On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an Agency Order for a Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19. This order is issued under Section 361 of the Public…

HUD Updates COVID-19 Guidance

The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recently updated its “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for subsidized multifamily housing programs to encourage owners to take certain longer-term actions and to address specific issues such as mask-wearing and accounting for enhanced…

Executive Order Does Not Extend Eviction Moratorium

I have received a number of questions from clients lately expressing confusion with regard to whether tenants in certain federally assisted properties are still protected from eviction due to non-payment of rent. The CARES Act moratorium on evictions for non-payment…
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