Property Compliance News Briefs - September 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) issued a policy July 13 on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) was added to the list of covered programs under VAWA. Beginning with the 2017 annual owner certification reporting cycle, OHFA will require owners to certify compliance with VAWA requirements. The VAWA certification will be a separate form and not part of the annual owner certification. VAWA protections apply to all victims of domestic violence and other related crimes, regardless of gender. 

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The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) released an updated version of its rental compliance reporting system (RCRS) July 24. WHEDA stated that it is no longer accepting market-rate events that do not need to be reported for compliance purposes. WHEDA also added validation criteria to number of income-qualified tenants, formerly known as number of occupants. In addition, there are significant changes to how adjustment events are handled in both the RCRS UI and XML file uploads. WHEDA also announced it is discontinuing the use of the fields, “Other Non-Federal Rent Assistance and Source of Other Non-Federal Assistance” in order to be compliant with NAHMA standards. The changes took effect July 27.

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