HUD Issues Final Rule on Tenant Organizing

Excerpted from Vol. 30, Issue 7, August 2000

Implementing a federal statute passed late in 1998 to expand tenant organizing rights to Section 8 properties, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule in June, 2000, covering tenant participation and organizing in most of the privately-owned, HUD-insured and assisted multifamily housing stock. The federal law was sought by tenants after numerous instances of management intimidation and harassment; most dramatically, the arrest of organizers in Los Angeles and Dallas in 1998. The new rule, which became effective July 7, 2000, makes a number of important changes to the proposed rule that HUD issued a year earlier. This article summarizes the final rule, including how it addresses the right to organize, the requirements for tenant organizations and...


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