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HUD Provides Renters & Owners Continued Recovery Support from COVID-19

Friday, July 30, 2021

In response of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s federal eviction moratorium expiration on July 31, the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs provided tips and resources to assist renters and owners maintain financial viability. Below is a summary of information provided:

  • Residents of Multifamily Assisted Housing Programs (Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance, Section 202, and Section 811 programs) should consider requesting an income recertification with their property management as soon as possible. HUD rental assistance beneficiaries who have had a decrease in income may be entitled to a rent reduction or a hardship exemption effective the first month following the income loss.

  • For residents falling behind on rent or utilities and who are at risk of eviction, they may qualify for rental assistance through the Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
    • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) website includes information to help renters and landlords understand other resources to help navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic.
    • CFPB’s Rental Assistance Finder
    • Please see the latest Multifamily COVID-19 QAs updated as of July 29.
      • The latest version addresses questions on such topics as guidance related to the Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance program, CARES Act unemployment compensation, and more.

  • HUD’s Housing Notice “Forbearance Relief and Associated Tenant Protections for FHA-Insured, Section 202, HUD-held, and Risk Share Multifamily Loans” published today.
    • For any new forbearance agreements, may not evict a tenant during the borrower’s forbearance period if the eviction is due solely to non-payment of rent;
    • May not charge any late fees, penalties, or other charges to a tenant for late payment of rent;
    • May not require a tenant to vacate a unit without giving the required 30-day notice to vacate solely for nonpayment of rent or other fees/charges; and,
    • May not issue a notice to vacate until after the forbearance period.

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