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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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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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08.04.2021
Amanda Gross | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

HUD Publishes Updated COVID-19 Q&A, Addresses ERA Program

On July 29, 2021, HUD published an update to the COVID-19 Q&A  that started more than a year ago.  Many of the updates to existing questions were to clarify previously issued guidance and extend certain deadlines and waivers. The majority of the new questions added are regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Below is an overview […]

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08.04.2021
Amanda Gross | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

CDC Issues New Eviction Moratorium Order

On August 3, 2021, the CDC issued a new eviction moratorium that will remain in effect until October 3, 2021. Here is what you need to know. What Has Changed in the New CDC Eviction Moratorium? It is important to note that the CDC didn’t just extend the expiration date of the prior eviction moratorium […]

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06.16.2021
Amanda Gross | HUD and Tax Credit Compliance

The Restoration of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule

On June 10, 2021, HUD published an Interim File Rule to restore the AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) rule that the previous administration gutted in 2020. What is AFFH? While the Fair Housing Act (Title VII CRA 1968) applies to all multi-family housing regardless of funding, additional requirements apply to HUD, thereby, HUD’s grantees. These […]

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