Bill to reduce time allotted for property owners to respond to violations all but set to become law

Nation: The conference report for bill HR 2577 has been agreed to in the House, which, among other items, would reduce the time allotted to property owners to respond to a property violation from 30 days to 15 days.

Additionally, the time allotted to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary to prepare a Compliance, Disposition and Enforcement Plan would be reduced from 60 days to 30 days.

The bill had been previously agreed upon by the House in a narrow yea-nay vote of 216 – 210.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) proposed Amendment 3918 to HR 2577, as an alteration to the Uniform Physical Condition Standards inspection code (UPCS) used by HUD.

The amendment states: “The Secretary shall notify the owner and provide an opportunity for response within 15 days of UPCS inspection results. If the violations remain, the Secretary shall develop a Compliance, Disposition and Enforcement plan within 30 days of the UPCS inspection results and must provide the owner with a Notice of Default with a specified timetable, determined by the Secretary, for correcting all deficiencies. The Secretary must also provide a copy of the Notice of Default to the tenants, the local government, any mortgagees, and any contract administrator. If the owner’s appeal results in a UPCS score of 60 or above, the secretary may withdraw the Notice of Default.”

The conference report still needs to be agreed upon in the Senate, but seems likely to pass based on the previous yea-nay vote of 89 – 8 for the bill.




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