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HUD Confirms Income Exclusions

Unemployment Benefits & Child Tax Credit The 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act (2021 Appropriations) and the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP) amended three provisions to strengthen and extend unemployment benefits in the CARES Act and the ARP provides a monthly…

HUD Secretary Announces Increase in REAC Inspections

On April 23, 2021, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge announced that effective June 1, 2021, HUD will substantially increase housing inspections for properties subject to REAC. Within a few days – as early as this week – HUD will formally notify…

CDC Updates FAQS on Eviction Moratorium

On April 14, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) regarding the CDC order to temporarily halt residential evictions to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The FAQs are non-binding and…

A. J. Johnson to Host Asset Webinar

A. J. Johnson will be conducting a webinar on April 29, 2021 on Dealing with Resident Assets at Affordable Housing Properties. The Webinar will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern time. This two-hour course provides a detailed…

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium

On March 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the federal eviction moratorium. The moratorium that was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2021, is now extended through June 30, 2021. As described in the order,…

HUD Publishes 2021 Income Limits

On April 1, 2021, HUD published the 2021 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits are effective on April 1, 2021.  The limits for the LIHTC and…

CDC Extends Residential Eviction Order

On January 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order extending the eviction moratorium to March 31, 2021. The order continues to ban evictions for certain renters under Section 361 of the Public Health Service…

IRS Extends COVID-19 Relief

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS issued Notice 2020-53 in July 2020.  This Notice provided temporary relief from certain requirements under §42 of the Internal Revenue Code and §§142(d) and 147(d) of the Code for properties with tax-exempt…

Fixed Four Percent Credit – When Does it Apply?

The COVID-19 relief legislation that was recently signed into law included a provision fixing the four percent LIHTC at an actual four percent rate. This floor applies both to properties with tax-exempt bonds and acquisition credits.  However, there are transition…

Virginia Landlord Settles Sexual Harassment Case

On September 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Gary T. Price, a manager of rental properties in and around Harrisonburg, VA, together with owners of the properties, Alberta Lowery and GTP Investment Properties, LLC, will pay…

New York Passes Comprehensive Anti-Eviction Law

The New York State Legislature convened an unusual special session just after Christmas to pass one of the nation’s most comprehensive anti-eviction laws, which will ban landlords from evicting most tenants for at least another 60 days. Some studies show…

Trump Finally Signs Funding and Relief Bills

On December 27, 2020, President Trump finally signed the FY 2021 Omnibus Spending and COVID-19 Relief Bills. Passage of these two pieces of legislation will impact the affordable housing industry in some significant ways, primarily by setting the 4% LIHTC…

HIghlights of COVID-19 Relief Bill

President Trump is expected to sign the massive, year-end catchall bill Congress passed that combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education, and health care.…

Minimum Wage to Increase in Many Areas in 2021

In 2021, 19 states will have new minimum wage rates. Affordable housing managers responsible for determining the income of applicants and residents need to be aware of state and local minimum wage laws in order to ensure the most accurate…

New Products Make Healthy Housing a Reality

Healthy living is on everyone’s mind now. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised awareness of the environments we live in and the importance of those environments in our daily lives. Also, the increase in reasonable accommodation requests relating to “multiple chemical…

Hoarding – A Challenge for Housing Managers

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) declared hoarding to be a clinical disability, automatically putting the issue of hoarding front and center with housing operators. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) bans discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The FHA defines…
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