Changes to Verification, Certification and Utility Reimbursement - Streamlining and The FAST Act

On December 12, 2017, HUD published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Multifamily Housing Programs and Implementing Family Income Reviews Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act .

This Interim Final Rule provides new options for property managers.

The Streamlined Verification Method for Fixed Income (such as Social Security and Pensions) has given owner/agents the option to verify this income once every three years. Apply COLA or other fixed percentage increases in years two and three. Owner/agents are not required to obtain third-party verification of fixed income in years two and three. 

Additional information about Streamlined Verification of Fixed Income can be found on our web site resources page - RBD FASTFacts– Streamlined Verification.  Also see HUD HSG Notice 2016-09 Streamlining Administrative Regulations for Multifamily Housing Programs.

The same three-year verification option is available when family assets are valued below $5000.00. Owner/agents will obtain third-party verification in year one and may accept self-certification in years two and three.

Verification methods have also changed for Fixed Income Families - where 90% of the household income is fixed. For these families, owner/agents will conduct third-party verification of income in year one, and in years two and three:

  • Will apply COLA or other fixed percentage increases to fixed income
  • Will accept self-certification of the amount of non-fixed income

And finally, HUD has added flexibility when Utility Reimbursements (UR) total less than $15.00 per month. In these cases, owner/agents have the option of providing these URs once per quarter instead of once per month. The changes introduced in this Interim Final Rule are effective March 12, 2018. As many of you know, discussion of these options and how best to implement them is included in the HUD Today 2018 class curriculum.

For those of you who are not joining us for the HUD Today 2018 instructor-led class, we are offering an RBD Online Training Workshop explaining the Interim Final Rule - Streamlining and the FAST Act - and discussing Best Practices for implementing these changes.