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Property Compliance News Briefs - October 2011

Owners or managers whose assisted rental properties in Texas have been damaged by the recent wildfires should submit a Notice of Casualty Loss form to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), the agency said. The form is available at www.tdhca.state.tx.us. In another notice, TDHCA announced the release of a preliminary draft of its compliance monitoring rules. This release does not constitute a final draft or an official version for public comment, the agency said, but simply allows interested persons more time to review proposed changes. The draft rules are also available on TDHCA's web site.

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Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) revised its cost containment limits to correspond with HUD's updated 221(d)(3) limits for 2011. Developers applying for multifamily developments in the October 2011 funding round must use the updated limits in the underwriting model, the agency said. The new limits are available at www.kyhousing.org.

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Because of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Performance Based Contract Administrator re-bid process, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) has cancelled all management and occupancy reviews scheduled after September 1, 2011. Management review cancellations are only in effect for properties that do not have WHEDA financing. WHEDA had not rescheduled the reviews as of this writing.

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The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is encouraging property owners to list their available rental units on www.mdhousingsearch.org. The new site consists of a bilingual housing locator and call center that property owners and prospective renters can use to list or obtain housing. Renters can locate appropriate properties quickly, which DHCD says will reduce casual inquiries and save property owners time and money. The site will also help the state continue to build a comprehensive resource that state and local agencies can use to help families find emergency housing in the event of a disaster.

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Florida Housing announced that it has selected three new entities to join the pool of energy consumption providers that the agency has approved to calculate utility allowance estimates for low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) properties. An LIHTC property owner must contract directly with an agency-approved provider in order to obtain the energy consumption estimate, Florida Housing said. The property owner is responsible for the accuracy of estimates prepared on its behalf. A complete list of approved providers and procedures for the submission and approval of utility allowances based on an energy consumption model are available at www.floridahousing.org.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is resolving individual housing discrimination complaints faster, increasing its focus on complaints that affect multiple people, and launching more investigations on behalf of discrimination victims in situations in which no one has filed a complaint, according to a HUD report. The annual "State of Fair Housing" report also illustrates how the agency is helping its funding recipients comply with civil rights requirements and how it is holding non-compliant recipients accountable. More than 10,000 fair housing discrimination complaints were filed in fiscal year 2010, the report notes, and both the number and type of complaints remained consistent with data from the three previous years. With 48 percent of those complaints alleging discrimination based on a person's disability, that single category of complaints continued to be the largest in 2010. Racial discrimination accounted for 34 percent of the total, and 15 percent of complaints alleged discrimination based on family status. A copy of the report may be downloaded from www.hud.gov.

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