New Multifamily Housing Brochure
Promoting Housing Stability During
The Covid-19 National Emergency
On July 1, 2020, HUD posted The Promoting Housing Stability During The Covid-19 National Emergency brochure on their Multifamily Housing web page.
This brochure applies to assisted and insured housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Multifamily Housing Programs.
The brochure explains federal guidance, but owner/agents should be aware that additional protections may have been implemented by local government in the area where you property is located.
HUD explains that evictions for non-payment of rent have been suspended for 120 days, from March 27, 2020 to July 24, 2020.
HUD goes on to explain that the federal eviction moratorium does NOT affect:
- Evictions that were filed before the moratorium started or that are filed after it ends.
- Cases where the eviction is based on reasons other than non-payment of rent or non-payment of other fees or charges.
The brochure also discusses how The CARES Act extends the moratorium on evictions for all FHA-insured or HUD-held mortgages while under forbearance (meaning debt service payments are currently not being collected by the lender).
Owners of multifamily properties that are under mortgage forbearance after July 24, 2020, cannot take the following actions during their forbearance:
- Evict a tenant solely for non-payment of rent or other fees or charges
- Charge any late fees, penalties, or other charges to a tenant for late payment of rent
- Issue a notice to vacate prior to the expiration of the forbearance
Once the forbearance has expired, the owner may not require a tenant to vacate a dwelling unit until a 30 Day notice to vacate has been provided in compliance with HH 4350.3 Chapter 8.
For more information on HUD’s implementation of Section 4023 of the CARES Act and its policies on forbearance (including renter protections), see:
To see if your multifamily property is covered under the CARES Act, use the search tool available at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/mfh/hsgrent/mfhpropertysearch
In this brochure, HUD also offers suggestions about
- What to do if your residents fall behind on rent,
- Making sure residents know when they can ask for an interim certification,
- Setting up rent payment agreements, and
- Finding local resources.
This document is also available on the RBD COVID-19 web page at https://www.rbdnow.com/resources/covid-19