Waiting List memo from HUD


Posted On: October 20, 2021

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released the “Memorandum for Procedures to Prevent Unauthorized Bypassing of Tenant Waiting Lists.” You can read the document in its entirety above.

The purpose of this document is to ensure that Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORs) include procedures to assess, identify and monitor tenants seeking to bypass waiting lists in subsidized multifamily housing units.

Toby Halliday, Director, Office of Asset Management and Portfolio
Oversight Division
Waiting List

During your MOR, we will review tenant files to “ensure that additions of family members to the lease and the change in the head of household follow the procedures identified in 4350.3, which will help safeguard that households are not inappropriately expanded and that leases are only transferred to remaining household members under appropriate circumstances.” The same procedures apply when a PBCA or HUD reviews unit transfers.

“It’s important that we continue to ensure compliance with existing procedures for adding new members to a household and for processing a change in the head of household to avoid situations where individuals may attempt to use these processes for the purpose of bypassing the waiting list,” OAMPO Director Toby Halliday writes. “We believe that these procedures will create greater awareness to prevent persons from violating HUD’s regulations and inappropriately moving into units, taking sole possession of thelease, and bypassing the waiting list instead of having been selected from an established waiting list.

For you reference

HUD Handbook 4350.3 Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Programs

  • Chapter 3, Paragraph 3-9, D, 7 provides information about circumstances when Tenants must provide Social Security Numbers when adding new household members to an existing household.
  • Chapter 3, Section 3 provides Verification of Eligibility Factors
  • Chapter 7, Paragraphs 7-11 and 7-12 provide instructions regarding processing interim recertifications and the required verification for new family members income and related expenses.

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