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Maximum rent limits include the cost of utilities paid by the resident. Unless your property pays ALL utilities, you will be required to provide the utility allowance(s) in effect during the reporting period. See Chapter 2 for utility allowance information. You should circle and total the items in the utility allowance(s) that apply to the units in your property. Example (PDF)
If you have questions about how to calculate allowances for your property, consult the source of the utility allowance. Utility Allowance changes must be implemented within 90 days. Most properties use published public housing authority utility allowances. A new procedure for owners to calculate utilities based on actual usage is described below.
PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY UTILITY ALLOWANCES OFFERED ONLINE
The following housing authorities offer their utility sheets online. If the utility allowance listed is more than a year old, contact the source and ask them if there is a new utility allowance. Please encourage the source to post the latest utility allowance online as soon as possible.
Longview Housing Authority | Go to "Housing Services" menu on home page, select Rent Subsidy Programs, then Fair Market Rents, then Utility Rates, then HUD-52667 links to view the Utility Allowance Form for Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific or Wahkiakum Counties.
FINDING YOUR HOUSING AUTHORITY
If your housing authority does not offer their utility allowance sheets online, the following site can help you identify the housing authority near your property and find their phone number: Association of Washington Housing Authorities. HUD also has a list of Housing Authorities in Washington: WA Public Housing Authority Contact Information
ACTUAL USAGE CALCULATION OPTION
See Appendix O of the Tax Credit Compliance manual for the new WSHFC utility allowance procedure option. This option describes how owners may calculate utilities themselves based on actual usage or with the help of a contractor. Contractors who have expressed an interest in assisting property owners with this process:
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Qualifications: Energy Modeling Consultants (PDF)
The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is issuing a Request for Qualifications from engineers, energy consulting firms, and utility consumption analysts to qualify for the Commission’s referral list for such services, including utility allowance calculations. Respondents with successful submissions will be placed on the Approved Roster of Energy Modeling Consultants from which organizations seeking financing may select.