In a memo to home owners, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said that the new guidelines “will allow all individuals to be fully reimbursed for all necessary maintenance, repairs, and replacements” of their homes, including the removal of furniture, paint, and appliances.
“While the guidelines will apply to individuals who are currently employed, they apply to all individuals who wish to participate in the program,” the HUD memo said.
“The rules do not apply to employees of HUD who are on a temporary or intermittent basis.”
Homeowners who don’t wish to comply will still be eligible for financial assistance through the Federal Low Income Housing Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the memo said, but “if you do not agree to comply, you should consider refraining from participation in the Program.”
The rules are being rolled out gradually, but homeowners can begin receiving the new policy by the end of the month.
They’ll also be required to sign up for the program by January 31, 2018.
“We expect to have more details about the implementation plan for the guidelines by the first quarter of 2019,” a HUD spokesperson told Ars.
“However, we will have a more detailed update about the program in the coming months.”
The new guidelines were initially announced in February, and the guidelines are now being phased in through a variety of programs and states, including New York, California, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
However, they’re expected to cover all of the US population.
The guidelines are part of the Department’s efforts to improve the lives of homeowners by making sure they’re doing their part to keep their homes clean, maintain their properties, and, ultimately, save money on their mortgage.
HUD officials said that if you’ve been a homeowner for a while, you’ve likely experienced at least one of the following symptoms: A lack of upkeep or maintenance of the home