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H.R. 3902: Housing Accountability Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 23, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3902

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 23, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Hill of Arkansas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To provide standards for physical condition and management of housing receiving assistance payments under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Housing Accountability Act of 2019.

2.

Standards for physical condition and management of housing receiving assistance payments

Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) is amended by inserting after subsection (v) the following:

(w)

Standards for physical condition and management of housing receiving assistance payments

(1)

Standards for physical condition and management of housing

Any entity receiving assistance payments under this section shall maintain decent, safe, and sanitary conditions, as determined by the Secretary, for any structure covered under a housing assistance payment contract.

(2)

Survey of tenants

The Secretary shall develop a process by which a Performance-Based Contract Administrator shall, on a semiannual basis, conduct a survey of the tenants of each structure covered under a housing assistance payment contract for the purpose of identifying consistent or persistent problems with the physical condition of the structure or performance of the manager of the structure.

(3)

Remediation

A structure covered under a housing assistance payment contract shall be referred to the Secretary for remediation if a Performance-Based Contract Administrator identifies a consistent or persistent problem with the structure or the management of the structure based on—

(A)

a survey conducted under paragraph (2); or

(B)

any other observation made by the Performance-Based Contract Administrator during the normal course of business.

(4)

Penalty for failure To uphold standards

(A)

In general

The Secretary may impose a penalty on any owner of a structure covered under a housing assistance payment contract if the Secretary finds that the structure or manager of the structure—

(i)

did not satisfactorily meet the requirements under paragraph (1); or

(ii)

is repeatedly referred to the Secretary for remediation by a Performance-Based Contract Administrator through the process established under paragraph (3).

(B)

Amount

A penalty imposed under subparagraph (A) shall be in an amount equal to not less than 1 percent of the annual budget authority the owner is allocated under a housing assistance payment contract.

(C)

Use of amounts

Any amounts collected under this paragraph shall be used solely for the purpose of supporting safe and sanitary conditions at applicable structures or for tenant relocation, as designated by the Secretary, with priority given to the tenants of the structure that led to the penalty.

(5)

Applicability

This subsection shall not apply to any property assisted under subsection (o).

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3.

Issuance of report

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall submit to Congress a report that—

(1)

examines the adequacy of capital reserves for each structure covered under a housing assistance payment contract under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f);

(2)

examines the use of funds derived from a housing assistance payment contract for purposes unrelated to the maintenance and capitalization of the structure covered under the contract; and

(3)

includes any administrative or legislative recommendations to further improve the living conditions at those structures.