Below, please find two updates from HUD regarding the CNA e-Tool and best practices for guest suites in Multifamily Housing.
CNA e-Tool: The latest edition announces the Launch of Release 2.4; New Flags Added; and Updated Usage Statistics
The CNA e-Tool will be unavailable from 8 p.m. EDT Friday, December 14, through midnight Sunday, December 16 while Release 2.4 is being installed. The upgrade will be operational as of Monday, December 17, 2018.
As part of the upgrade, two new automatic flags have been added to enforce the minimum reserve for replacement (RfR) balance rules. These flags will reduce the chance of returned submissions due to incorrect reserve for replacement funding plans.
868 FHA applications have been submitted using the CNA e-Tool as of November 30, 2018.
Submission by month statistics as of November 30, 2018:
Guest Suites in Multifamily Housing under the National Housing Act
Recently, HUD released Housing Notice 2018-10 to provide best practice guidance to determine under what circumstances guest suites are permissible in multifamily rental, or cooperative projects with mortgages insured or held by HUD under the National Housing Act. In certain circumstances, multifamily Borrowers may set aside a unit or otherwise create a limited number of guest suites as an amenity for residents. The guest suites are typically available for reservation by residents as overnight accommodations for their relatives and guests.
HUD recognizes that inclusion of guest suites as an amenity may contribute to the marketability of certain multifamily projects. However, guest suites are only permissible to the extent their use is consistent with the National Housing Act’s prohibition against use of FHA-insured multifamily projects for transient or hotel purposes. To view the attached best practice guidance online, please click here.