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USDA Updates Standards for Accessibility Transition Plans

On January 4, 2022, USDA Rural Development published an updated Unnumbered Letter (UL) 1-4-22 regarding the completion of Self Evaluations (SE) and Transition Plans (TP). First, and possibly most significantly, new accessibility transition plans are no longer required to be completed every three years. RD will accept a revised transition plan that has no changes other […]

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01.11.2022
Amanda Gross | Capital Needs Assessments

USDA Updates Standards for Accessibility Transition Plans

On January 4, 2022, USDA Rural Development published an updated Unnumbered Letter (UL) 1-4-22 regarding the completion of Self Evaluations (SE) and Transition Plans (TP). First, and possibly most significantly, new accessibility transition plans are no longer required to be completed every three years. RD will accept a revised transition plan that has no changes other […]

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11.14.2021
Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

HUD’s Big Inspection Plan to Catch Up on Past Due REACs

HUD has created a “Return To Operations 2.0″ for REAC Inspections that attempts to address the backlog of REAC Inspections that accumulated during COVID. This Return to Operations includes the ” Big Inspection Plan”, which lays out a map towards addressing the tremendous inspection need. You can download a presentation from HUD REAC Secretary Ashlee […]

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10.15.2021
Amanda Gross | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

RD Issues Updated Guidance on Optional Smoke-Free Housing Policies

On October 13, 2021, Rural published an Unnumbered Letter (UL)  titled “Multifamily Housing – Optional Smoke-Free Housing Policy”. This UL was issued to provide continued guidance on implementing an optional smoke-free policy at Multi-Family RD Housing.  This unnumbered letter replaces UL issued 11/21/2012 on Smoke-Free housing (which replaced the Smoke-Free UL from 12/29/10). Changes from USDA/RD’s Last […]

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10.10.2021
Amanda Gross | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

HUD Changes Rules in Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent

On October 7, 2021, HUD published an interim final rule titled “Extension of Time and Required Disclosures for Notification of Nonpayment of Rent,” which applies to public housing and properties with project-based rental assistance (PBRA)  during Presidentially-declared national emergencies. The Purpose of HUD’s Eviction Rule The purpose of this rule is to ensure that tenants […]

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09.28.2021
Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

NSPIRE Demonstration Program Extended Until 2023

An update was published in the Federal Register (24 CFR Parts 5 and 200 [Docket No. FR–6160–N–02]), September 28, 2021, “Notice of Continuation of Demonstration To Assess the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols“. Through this notification, HUD announces the continuation of the Demonstration to Assess the National Standards for […]

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09.14.2021
Scott Precourt | REAC Inspections

What to Do When a Property Fails a REAC Inspection

When a property fails a REAC Inspection, the property owners and managers often take it personally. It can feel like a gut punch, and often the initial response is defensive. A defensive response is entirely normal; it’s even human. However, this response often gets property owner’s in trouble. So, the question is: what should you […]

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