Video Blog 4/29/2020 - Utility Allowance Issues (HUD and Tax Credit)

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topic: Utility allowances, what to do if you cannot get data for HUD baselines and the 90-day rule for the tax credit program. (from the forthcoming course Tax Credit Compliance |The Fundamentals) Link to the HUD FAQ HERE. The 2019 tax credit UA regulation is HERE. Check out Costello University HERE

What is HUD Saying to Your Tenants? Also Uncommon Assistance Animals!

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topics: What does HUD's message to tenants say? Also, what to do if a requested assistance animal is not commonly held in households, like a monkey? (from the forthcoming course Fair Housing Focus | Assistance Animals) The HUD COVID tenant notice is HERE. The HUD FHEO Animal Notice is HERE. Check out Costello University HERE

Video Blog 4/22/2020 - Who's Afraid of the Average Income Test?

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topics: Some encouraging thoughts for compliance professionals nervous about the newest minimum set-aside. Also, the handling of traditional unemployment benefits when they will be going back to a job. (from the forthcoming course Qualifying Households for Affordable Housing) Check out Costello University HERE

Video Blog 4/20/2020 - Do we Count $600 CARES Unemployment as Income?

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topics: Breaking news from HUD: how to handle the $600 weekly CARES Act unemployment enhancement. Also, the handling of "temporary" income. [from the forthcoming course Qualifying Households for Affordable Housing). HUD's multifamily COVID guidance (updated through 4/16/2020) can be found HERE. RD's guidance can be found on the FAQ HERE. Check out Costello University HERE

Video Blog 4/10/2020 - IMPORTANT Question for YOU! Also, What is the Right Thing to Do? Are Animal V

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topics: Today we discuss that Fair Housing is the LAW, but is it the RIGHT thing to do? Also, are animal verifications bought from the internet "reliable" according to HUD? (from the forthcoming course Fair Housing Focus |The Fundamentals). Our specially annotated version of HUD's FHEO Memo 2020-01 on assistance animals can be found HERE. Check out Costello University HERE

Video Blog 4/08/2020 - HUD/DOJ Joint Statements & When Did "No Children Allowed Become Ille

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topics: HUD and DOJ Joint Statements that provide important guidance. Also, how to make rules relating to children Fair Housing-compliant (from the forthcoming course Fair Housing Focus |The Fundamentals). The HUD FHEO Guidance webpage is HERE. The conciliation agreement mentioned in the post can be found HERE. Check out Costello University HERE

Video Blog 4/07/2020 - FHEO Guidance & How Language Relates to Fair Housing?

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topics: Fascinating federal guidance from HUD FHEO! Also, how does language interact with the Fair Housing protected classed. (from the forthcoming course Fair Housing Focus |The Fundamentals) The HUD FHEO Guidance webpage is HERE. Check out Costello University HERE

How to Find the National Non-metro Limits

Question from a Blog Reader "I appreciated your Blog post letting us know that the 2020 MTSP income limits were released. I loved the chart you provided to help select the correct MTSP income limits! However, as always, I am having trouble locating the National Non-metro income limits. Can you please help me to locate them?" Answer They are found on the FAQ, linked HERE. The 50% National Non-metro limits are found in the answer on the last page. NOTE: These can be converted to 60% limits by multiplying each 50% limit by 1.2

Video Blog 4/02/2020 - Are Stimulus Checks Income? Verifying Disability.

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topics: Are the CARES act stimulus checks income to households in affordable housing? Also, what might we say to a doctor who is afraid to make a disability determination for a client requesting a reasonable accommodation? (from the forthcoming course Focus on Fair Housing - Assistance Animals) Check out Costello University HERE

Video Blog 4/01/2020 - The CARES Act Eviction and Late Fee Moratorium

Welcome to our Video Blog, Housing Matters! Today's topics: The CARES act moratorium on evictions for nonpayment and late fees. Also, are debit card accounts counted as assets? (from the forthcoming course Qualifying Households for Affordable Housing). Relevant Excerpt of the CARES Act. SEC. 4024. TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON EVICTION FILINGS. (a) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: (1) COVERED DWELLING.—The term ‘‘covered dwelling’’ means a dwelling that— (A) is occupied by a tenant— (i) pursuant to a residential lease; or (ii) without a lease or with a lease terminable under State law; and (B) is on or in a covered property. (2) COVERED PROPERTY.—The term ‘‘covered property’’ means any property that—

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