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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…

HUD Announces Resumption of REAC Inspections

On August 7, 2020, the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has announced that REAC inspections will resume, under a protocol that will prioritize the inspection of properties in counties identified has being at low-risk for COVID-19. Based on…

HUD Issues Final FAST Act Streamlining Rule

The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has issued its final rule implementing Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation. The rule was effective on June 8, 2020. In the final rule, HUD made official the FAST Act changes…

IRS Provides Clarification on COVID-19 Issues

The IRS recently issued guidance relating to COVID-19 relief for LIHTC projects (July 1). The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) requested clarification from the IRS on two of the provisions in the IRS Notice (Notice 2020-53): (1) suspension…

Normal Wear & Tear – What is it?

A question I often get from clients with regard to the requirement to return security deposits is “What is the difference between normal wear and tear and tenant damage?” It’s an important question, because the landlord/tenant laws in virtually every…
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