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house Bill H.R. 2482

Should HUD Ease Restrictions on Owners of Low-Income Housing Properties?

Argument in favor

Owners of low-income housing buildings should be able to refinance their properties if they so desire. Further, they shouldn’t face limitations on what to spend residual income on at the end of a project’s contract term that prevent them from investing those funds more efficiently.

Wayne's Opinion
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07/15/2015
The argument opposed begins: "The federal government has a responsibility to provide...". That is wrong on so many levels. The Federal Government has no authority, let alone responsibility, to put a gun to the head of owners of private property and demand that they give something away.
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Paul's Opinion
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07/26/2015
Property owners should be under no obligation to spend their funds unless there is language in the agreements to which they agreed to.
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/18/2015
If they cannot refinance they may be stuck with higher than current interest rates. Why should they have less choices than the average mortgagee? There is the possibility that some will walk away from the real estate, which is why the likes of Detroit urban blight came about.
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Argument opposed

The federal government has a responsibility to provide low-income housing on as favorable terms to the tenant as possible, and in this case that requires restricting the ability of building owners to refinance the property or distribute funds at the end of the contract.

Mark's Opinion
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06/29/2016
Low income housing is nothing but shitholes and squalor they should be banned.
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SouthernGal's Opinion
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06/08/2016
Letting landlords of low-cost housing off the hook will create more slum-landlords with decrepit housing. Look at slum landlord Trump for a good example.
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Donald's Opinion
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07/14/2015
Tighter the requirements and then verify that building maintenance meets its' obligations.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2482?

This bill would would propose a plan of action that the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could approve related to extending low-income affordability restrictions on eligible low-income housing. Essentially, this would ease restrictions on how funds left over at the end of an affordable housing contract could be used by property owners, but would also enable those property owners to refinance their properties during the life of the contract.


The owner of a property subject to a plan of action or use agreement would be entitled to distribute:

  • All surplus cash generated annually by the property;

  • Any funds accumulated in a residual receipts account, upon request made to the Secretary and notwithstanding any conflicting provision in the use agreement. This applies only if the individual is in compliance with the use agreement.

An owner distributing surplus cash would be required to:

  • Continue to operate the property in accordance with the affordability requirements of its use agreement for its remaining useful life;

  • Renew or extend any project-based rental assistance contract for at least 20 years, as required by the property’s plan of action;

  • Have the option to extend the contract to a 20-year term if he or she has an existing multi-year project-based rental assistance totalling less than 20 years.

Neither the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990 (LIHPRHA) or any plan of action or use agreement implementing it would restrict an owner from obtaining a new loan or refinancing an existing loan secured by a low-income housing project. Owners also would not be prohibited from distributing the proceeds of such alone, except in cases where — along with refinancing:

  • The owner provides for adequate rehabilitation pursuant to a capital needs assessment to ensure long-term sustainability of the property satisfactory to the lender or bond issuance agency;

  • Resulting budget-based rent increases includes debt service on the new financing, has commercially reasonable debt service coverage, and replacement reserves as required by the lender;

  • Rent increases for units not covered by a project-based rental subsidy contract or tenant-based rental subsidy are limited to 10 percent.

Impact

Tenants in low-income housing, particularly those that are participants in housing affordability programs, owners of buildings subject to affordable housing contracts, and HUD.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2482

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth:

Versions of this legislation were introduced in both the 113th and 112th Congress, though neither progressed out of committee to receive a floor vote in the House of Representatives.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user dandeluca)

AKA

Preservation Enhancement and Savings Opportunity Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed July 14th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedMay 20th, 2015

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