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The Utility Allowance Analysis should represent the owner’s best estimate of the average monthly utility cost that an energy conscious tenant will incur for the year.
HUD requires owners of Project Based Section 8 properties with Utility Allowances to complete an analysis of each unit type’s current Utility Allowance. The documentation of this analysis must be submitted to OHFA with every rent adjustment request. The analysis must be project specific and must include all tenant paid utilities for each unit used in the analysis.
Unit #4 electricity average and gas average included in the analysis;
Unit #10 electricity average included in the analysis but there is no gas average;
Unit #10 cannot be used in the analysis because it does not represent the complete
utility usage in that unit.
In the event of a UA decrease, owners must notify tenants to advise them of their right to comment on the Utility Allowance decrease during a 30-day comment period.
The owner/management agent must follow the posting instructions contained in Chapter 7 of the HUD Handbook 4350.1.
At the end of the 30-day comment period, the owner/management agent must provide OHFA with the certification of compliance with the tenant comment procedures along with any resident comments that were received.
Refer to HUD Handbook 4350.1, REV-1, Chapter 7, 7-24 for complete guidance.