Property Compliance News Briefs - December 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

On Oct. 15, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $38.3 million in grants for more than 100 fair housing organizations and other nonprofit agencies. The agencies are located in 34 states and the District of Columbia. The awards will address housing discrimination by enforcing the Fair Housing Act (FHA) through investigations and testing of alleged discriminatory practices. They will also help educate housing providers, local governments and potential victims of housing discrimination about their rights and responsibilities under the FHA. The awards were distributed through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives program. The grant categories are private enforcement initiative grants, which received $29.2 million; education and outreach initiative grants, which received $5.5 million; and the fair housing organizations initiative, which received $3.6 million.

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HUD released the “30-day Notice of Proposed Information Collection for the 2015 Rental Housing Finance Survey” on Nov. 5. The notice is soliciting comments concerning the efficiency of data collection. The survey will collect data on property values and characteristics of residential structures; rental status and rental value of units within the residential structures; commercial use of space within residential structures; property management status, ownership status; a detailed assessment of mortgage financing; and benefits received from federal, state, local and nongovernmental programs. Comments were due Dec. 5. The notice is available at www.hudresourcecenter.com.

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On Oct. 16, HUD invited comments on a proposed rule titled, “Public Housing Program: Demolition or Disposition of Public Housing Projects, and Conversion of Public Housing to Tenant-Based Assistance.” The proposed rule would revise and update HUD’s regulations governing the demolition and disposition of public housing. The rule proposes to allow a public housing authority to request HUD’s permission to retain public housing property free of restrictions under the declaration of trust and annual contributions contract. The rule would also clarify existing requirements for demolition and disposition, such as resident relocation and fair housing and civil rights compliance. Comments are due by Dec. 15. The rule is available at www.hudresourcecenter.com.

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On Oct. 9, HUD released Notice H-2014-14. It provides guidance on HUD’s policies and procedures for transferring all or a portion of any remaining budget authority of a project-based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract. The notice allows HUD to issue a conditional approval for transfer of Section 8 project-based rental assistance (PBRA) budget authority to a property that is not yet ready for occupancy. Transfers will only be made through new 20-year HAP contracts for the recipient properties. The notice is available at www.hud.gov.

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