Dealing With...

Dealing With...



Providing Safe Home Modifications for Residents Aging in Place

October 29, 2020    

With the aging of the U.S. population, you may find that the average age of your residents and applicants seeking units is older. Helping residents to age in place safely is a win-win for both owners and residents. Residents typically want to live independently for as long as possible, and...

How to Prevent Residents from Using Staff to Run Errands

September 30, 2020    

Residents may ask employees to do personal tasks such drop off their dry cleaning or fix a stereo or some other personal equipment. This puts owners in a delicate position because, on one hand, allowing such employee behavior opens you up to liability risks, and on the other hand, barring...

Prepare for REAC Inspections to Resume

August 31, 2020    

If you manage a blended-occupancy or mixed-finance site that includes LIHTC and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance program compliance, you should know that HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) recently released a memorandum that details the return-to-operations plan for...

Prepare Enough Evidence When Evicting Resident for Illegal Activity

August 31, 2020    

By signing a lease agreement, a resident agrees to follow the terms of the lease. If the tenant breaks a clause of this contract, an owner must often first send the tenant a “Notice to Quit.” A Notice to Quit is a formal legal document an owner sends a resident in an attempt to fix a...

IRS Issues Temporary Procedures for Submitting PLR Requests

May 13, 2020    

A private letter ruling (PLR) is a written response the IRS issues to an owner or taxpayer when the owner asks a question about the tax effects of its acts or transactions. For example, you may not know whether the IRS can give the owner more time to elect the site’s minimum set-aside, or...

Get Right to Enter Residents’ Units with Government Inspectors

February 11, 2020    

As part of its compliance monitoring responsibilities, a state housing agency must conduct on-site physical inspections and review low-income certifications and other documentation. The agency must perform these inspections and certification reviews at least once every three years after the...

Take Five Steps to Curb Behavior of Abusive Residents

December 23, 2019    

Have you ever had a resident complain to you about another resident’s harassing or abusive behavior? Maybe the other resident is loudly insulting him or, worse, using racial epithets. You might be tempted to ignore the problem. But your decision could be costly. The resident who’s...

Use Common Area Rules to Protect Site and Reduce Risk of Liability

December 4, 2019    

Your common areas play a major role in your site’s success. They’re the areas that your residents share and prospective renters see first. But your residents may cause problems in your common areas, inadvertently or otherwise. They may leave their garbage out, store personal property...

How to Discourage Electricity Theft, Utilities Tampering by Residents

December 4, 2019    

One way residents may steal electricity is by stealing from the building supply. Residents may tamper with wiring and hook up directly to your building’s metered electricity supply. A resident who does this taps into power that you’re paying for. Another way to steal electricity is...

HUD Proposes Revisions to Final Disparate Impact Rule

August 29, 2019    

HUD recently released a proposed rule that would revise the 2013 disparate impact rule, which set the standard for determining when a practice with a discriminatory effect violates the Fair Housing Act. Disparate impact is a legal doctrine under the Fair Housing Act which states that a policy...

Four Rules for Recertifying Household Member on Military Duty or Otherwise Absent

June 27, 2019    

If you don’t know when to count—and when not to count—the income of absentees, because of military service or otherwise, during recertification at your mixed-income site, you can miscalculate residents’ rent and jeopardize the owner’ tax credits. Counting the income...

Take Four Steps When Resident Who Lived Alone Passes Away

May 30, 2019    

When dealing with the death of a resident, you must remain sensitive to the family and friends of the deceased but also carefully follow legal procedures. We’ll tell you what steps you must take to deal with the deceased resident’s body and belongings. We’ll explain how you can...