|(a) Eviction and/or termination of a lease. HTC, TCAP,
and Exchange Developments must specifically state in the lease or
in an addendum attached to the lease that evictions or terminations
of tenancy for other than good cause are prohibited. To terminate
tenancy, the Owner must serve written notice to the tenant specifying
the grounds for the action.
(b) HOME, TCAP RF, NHTF, and NSP Developments are prohibited
from evicting low income residents or refusing to renew a lease except
for serious or repeated violations of the terms and conditions of
the lease, for violations of applicable federal, state or local law,
for completion of the tenancy period for Transitional Housing (if
applicable), or for other good cause. It must be specifically stated
in the lease or in an addendum attached to the lease that evictions
or non-renewal of leases for other than good cause are prohibited
(24 CFR §92.253 and 24 CFR §93.303). Owners must also comply
with all other lease requirements and prohibitions stated in 24 CFR §92.253
or 24 CFR §93.303, as applicable. To terminate or refuse to renew
tenancy in HOME, TCAP RF, and NSP Developments, the Owner must serve
written notice to the tenant specifying the grounds for the action
at least 30 days before the termination of tenancy.
(c) In accordance with the Violence Against Women Act,
an incident of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence,
sexual assault, or stalking against the documented victim of such
actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault,
or stalking shall not be construed as a serious or repeated violation
of a lease or good cause for termination of tenancy. The Department
does not determine if an Owner has good cause or if a resident has
violated the lease terms for other reasons. Challenges for evictions
or terminations of tenancy must be made by a court of competent jurisdiction
or an agreement of the parties (including an agreement made in arbitration),
and the Department will rely on that determination.
(d) A Development must use a lease or lease addendum
that requires households to report changes in student status.
(e) Owners of HTC Developments are prohibited from
locking out or threatening to lock out any Development resident, except
by judicial process, unless the exclusion is necessary for the purpose
of performing repairs or construction work, or in cases of emergency.
Owners are further prohibited from seizing or threatening to seize
the personal property of a resident except by judicial process unless
the resident has abandoned the premises. These prohibitions must be
included in the lease or lease addendum.
(f) For HOME, TCAP, TCAP RF, NHTF, 811 PRA, and NSP
Developments, properties that were initially built for occupancy prior
to 1978 must include in their lease or lease addendum a Lead Warning
Statement. To demonstrate compliance, the Department will monitor
that all households at HOME, TCAP, TCAP RF, NHTF, and NSP Developments
have signed the Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or
Lead-Based Paint Hazards. (24 CFR §92.355, 24 CFR §93.361
and §570.487(c)). The addendum and disclosure are not required
if all lead has been certified to have been cleared from the Development
in accordance with 24 CFR §35.130, and the Owner has the required
certification in its on-site records.
(g) An Owner may bifurcate a lease to terminate the
tenancy of an individual who is a tenant or lawful occupant and engages
in criminal activity directly relating to domestic violence, dating
violence, sexual assault, or stalking against another lawful occupant
living in the Unit or other affiliated individual as defined in the
(h) All NHTF, TCAP RF, NSP, and HOME Developments for
which the contract is executed on or after December 16, 2016, must
use the Department created VAWA lease addendum which provides the
ability for the tenant to terminate the lease without penalty if the
Department determines that the tenant qualifies for an emergency transfer
under 24 CFR §5.2005(e). 811 PRA Units are prohibited from using
the expired 2005 VAWA lease addendum. After OMB approval of a VAWA
lease addendum, all 811 PRA households must have a valid and executed
VAWA lease addendum. For the 811 PRA program certain addenda for the
HUD model lease may be required such as Lead Based Paint Disclosure
form, house rules, and pet rules. No other attachments to the lease
are permissible without approval from the Department's 811 PRA staff.
(i) Leasing of HOME, TCAP RF, or NHTF Units to an organization
that, in turn, rents those Units to individuals is not permissible
for Developments with contracts dated on or after August 23, 2013.
Leases must be between the Development and an eligible household.
NSP Developments may only utilize Master Leases if specifically allowed
in the Development's LURA.
(j) Housing Tax Credit Units leased to an organization
through a supportive housing program where the owner receives a rental
payment for the unit regardless of physical occupancy will be found
out of compliance if the Unit remains vacant for over 60 days. The
Unit will be found out of compliance under the Event of Noncompliance
"Violation of the Unit Vacancy Rule."
(k) It is a Development Owner's responsibility at all
times to know what it has agreed to provide by way of common amenities,
Unit amenities, and services.
(l) A Development Owner shall post in a common area
of the leasing office a copy and provide each household, during the
application process and upon a subsequent change to the items described
in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the brochure made available by
the Department, A Tenant Rights and Resources Guide, which includes:
(1) Information about Fair Housing and tenant choice;
(2) Information regarding common amenities, Unit amenities,
and services; and
(3) A certification that a representative of the household
must sign prior to, but no more than 120 days prior to, the initial
lease execution acknowledging receipt of this brochure.
(4) In the event this brochure is not provided timely
or the household does not certify to receipt of the brochure, correction
will be achieved by providing the household with the brochure and
receiving a signed certification that it was received.
(m) For Section 811 PRA Units, Owners must use the
HUD Model lease, HUD form 92236-PRA.