Housing Affairs Letter

Rental Housing

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Grim Report Poses RAD Concerns

HUD’s pilot public housing conversion strategy, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, poses serious questions about continued viability and cost effectiveness according to a new study by the California Housing Partnership Corporation.

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Report Signals National Rental Crisis

With credit markets remaining tight and the cost of rental housing escalating across the country, experts fear a new housing crisis as renters face eviction across the country for their inability to keep pace with rent increases, a predicament mirroring the eviction crisis of 2008-2012 when

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New Bid Platform Fair Housing Grief

A novel strategy for the home/apartment rental industry now being played out in Canada is on the horizon as the rental market continues to overheat. The gambit could be a severe migraine for HUD fair housing specialists if it catches on in the United States.

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Cerberus Rental Housing Monolith

Riding the wave of rental housing scarcity in the wake of the housing market collapse, Cerberus Capital Management boosts its rental-housing portfolio with a major buy. Rental housing needs soared as home foreclosures sent families packing in search of rentals.

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Ginnie Mae Boost For Rental Housing

Effective June 1, USDA Section 538 Multifamily loans with a maximum loan amount of 70% of total development costs will be eligible for pooling into Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities (MBS). This is an increase from the previously allowable maximum loan amount of 50% of the

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Rent Hikes Spur Expense Sharing Tactics

More adults are sharing living space and expenses as rental rates continue to outpace income, a new report from real estate analyst Zillow shows. The rise in doubled-up households over the past decade corresponds with rental prices nationwide that are increasingly unaffordable.

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Single-Family Rental Market Soars

The national focus turned to renting until the market rebounds and home prices are at a level to turn a profit for the sellers.

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Fair Market Rents Posted For Comment

HUD unveils its proposed FY 2015 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) and seeks comments by Sept. 15. The proposal reflects rent levels for entire metropolitan areas and the amount needed to pay gross rent and utilities.

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Rental Cost Crunch Deepens

An average U.S. worker must earn $18.92 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment spending no more than 30% of earnings on shelter, up from $18.79 in 2013, the latest report compiled by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NILHC) shows. Out of Reach 2014 is the 25th annual compilation assembled by the advocacy group.

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Rental Housing Saturation Cap Upheld

A Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling upholds the City of Winona ordinance that caps licenses for rental properties to 30% within each residential block.

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