New VAWA Notice for Multifamily Housing

 

On June 30, 2016, HUD released HSG Notice 17-05 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Additional Guidance for Multifamily Owners and Management Agents.

This Notice provides clear instruction regarding implementation of the VAWA Final Rule released in November 2016.

The Notice does not change our current understanding of the Final Rule. However, inclusion of multiple examples provides clarification about HUD's requirements.

The Notice did not include a new VAWA Addendum but does indicate that a new Addendum will be released soon. When the new Addendum is released, OAs will be responsible for providing existing residents and new residents with the new form.

In the interim, OAs should continue to use the current 91067 available on HUDClips. Please note that the Addendum expires on June 30. Owner/agents have the option to 1) continue to use the existing form as is or 2) use the existing form yet remove the expiration date when the form is produced using site software.

The Notice includes Appendix 1 - Items to Consider When Developing VAWA Policies. This Appendix should be reviewed to make sure you have considered all of the aspects of implementing a comprehensive VAWA policy.