Follow Six Tips When Painting at Your Site

May 31, 2016    

As a tax credit owner or manager, you must stay on top of your site’s painting needs. The tax credit law requires sites to be suitable for occupancy and free from health, safety, and building code violations. If your state utilizes HUD’s uniform physical condition standards for your...

How to Avoid Falling Victim to Oil-Shorting Scams

November 30, 2015    

If your site utilizes heating oil as a fuel for furnaces or boilers at its buildings, you should take steps to ensure that you aren’t paying for more oil than is being delivered to your site. Unscrupulous oil companies can trick owners about the amount of fuel that’s delivered to a...

Perform 12 Maintenance Tasks to Get Your Site Ready for Winter

October 29, 2015    

You and your maintenance staff have different issues to tackle during each season of the year. In the fall, most sites need to prepare for winter. But because some of the things that should be on your “to do” list for fall haven’t been done in an entire year, it’s easy to...

Set Emergency Maintenance Procedures to Avoid Damage, Confusion

October 30, 2014    

Residents’ maintenance needs can vary greatly, from changing a hard-to-reach light bulb to fixing an overflowing toilet that’s flooding a bathroom. Some of your residents’ maintenance requests, while important, may not be emergencies. But other residents’ requests may...

Use Inspection Checklist to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

September 30, 2014    

One of the most important things you can do before winter settles in at your site is to inspect your roof. That’s because most roof damage occurs during winter. Harsh weather conditions—such as heavy rain or snow, strong winds, and extreme temperatures—can cause substantial...

Follow Four Tips to Prepare Boiler for Heating Season

August 26, 2014    

With the approach of the fall heating season, it’s a good time to consider the steps that need to be taken to get your heating system online for the upcoming cold weather. Increasing oil prices have alerted many owners to the basic fact that an inefficient boiler will waste unnecessary...

Five Steps for Responding to Water Intrusion Emergency

May 30, 2014    

Reports of water leaking from a bathroom ceiling or other types of water intrusion in a unit are serious complaints that deserve your immediate attention. Sometimes a pipe may break, in which case a household is not at fault. Other times, a resident’s child may have thrown toys down the...

Four Tips to Prevent Leaks, Prolong Building Life

October 31, 2013    

Preventive maintenance is a thankless task. Occurring behind the scenes, preventive maintenance usually doesn’t get noticed unless something disastrous happens. Owners and managers often give landscaping and cleaning services priority because the benefits associated with those activities...

How to Require Residents to Report Maintenance Problems

September 27, 2013    

Most residents are good about reporting maintenance problems. Some owners and managers may say that they’re too good. But there are residents who don’t report maintenance problems. Perhaps these residents are too busy or don’t want members of your maintenance staff in their...

How to Minimize Turnaround Times for Vacant Units

March 28, 2013    

With the beginning of spring, now is the optimal time to think about lease-ups and how you may turn over recently vacated units faster. That’s because spring and summer are the times when most sites experience their busiest leasing months. When a resident moves out, you shouldn’t let...

How to Prevent and Control Bedbug Infestations

April 12, 2012    

On February 28, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued Notice PIH-2012-17, which contained guidelines on bedbug control and prevention in public housing. This notice included the same guidelines as the ones in HUD Notice 2011-20, issued in August 2011.

Handling Lead-Based Paint During Post-Disaster Repair

February 9, 2012    

Last year, the IRS sent out numerous notices granting certain low-income housing tax credit properties relief from specified Section 42 requirements to provide emergency housing relief needed as a result of devastation caused by some sort of natural disaster.