HUD agrees with the principle of realignment and agrees to do so where possible.
Inspections: The PRA Guidelines PRA.406 provides that “a physical inspection pursuant to Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) must also be performed of the Assisted Units and related facilities at a frequency that conforms to the property’s other existing federal or state housing programs, but at least every 3 years, and at such other times as may be necessary. If multiple federal or state housing programs are layered at the property, the frequency of the physical inspection shall be determined by the most stringent UPCS standard, with a minimum of every 3 years.”
Utility Allowances: The RAC, Part II, Section 2.7 (f) allows an owner to align utility allowances with other underlying programs.
Rent Adjustment Effective Date: Rent adjustments will be adjusted on the anniversary date of the Rental Assistance Contract (RAC). The RAC, Part II, Section 2.7 (b)(2) indicates that “Within the first year of the Contract and with approval from HUD, the Owner may request to align their Contract anniversary date with existing federal or state housing programs layered at the property.”