Existing Tenants & Owners

Existing Tenants & Owners

Information for tenants and owners of BPDA-monitored properties.

Important announcements about BPDA's housing program

Tenant Recertification Waivers
Effective 4/1/2020, BPDA is waiving current recertification requirements for all households whose leases are due to expire by August 31, 2020. This waiver may not apply to households whose recertifications have been audited (previously requested and/or gone under review) specifically by BPDA staff.

Updated 7/13/2020: For units with leases expiring as of September 1st, 2020 or later, occupants must be recertified according to regular procedures as required prior to April 2020.

Building Annual Reports
BPDA is temporarily pausing the requirement of annual report submissions from buildings whose reports are currently overdue or scheduled to be due by August 31, 2020. A BPDA staff member will follow up with each building individually in the weeks ahead with a staggered 2020 reporting schedule expected to take place September through December.

Online File Submission for Applicant Certifications
BPDA will begin accepting online submissions of certification files effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Please note that we accept applications from landlords and their designated leasing agents only, and we do not accept files submitted directly from applicants or renewing tenants. Landlords/agents who have a certification file that is complete and ready to send should fill out the form here. They then will receive an email from a BPDA staff member with an invitation to upload the file to a secure folder. Submissions will be processed via Box, a secure document sharing platform which makes accounts available to users at no cost. A new form must be completed for each individual file. Please note we are not accepting hard-copy files via mail or delivery at this time, and we cannot accept certification files or materials via email.

Recently Submitted Applicant Files
If you submitted a file to the BPDA office via mail/delivery within the past two weeks and have not yet received any confirmation of receipt, please use the same form linked above to report your previous submission. A BPDA staff member will contact you by the end of the next business day.

Affidavits of Eligibility - Electronic Distribution & Notarization Requirements
Effective immediately for all certifications and recertifications, BPDA is formally authorizing all landlords/agents to distribute the Affidavit of Eligibility to clients electronically. A PDF of the Affidavit can be found here. BPDA is also waiving our requirement that Affidavits be notarized through the remainder of the calendar year (through December 31, 2020).

BPDA Maximum Rents
While most buildings charge rents equal to the relevant BPDA limits, please keep in mind that these published figures are a cap - the maximum amount of rent which can be charged. We do not require that you charge exactly the maximum limit. Landlords always have the discretion under BPDA guidelines to charge less than the maximum limit. Please also note that 2019 income and rent limits remain in effect, and there is no information currently available about when BPDA's 2020 income and rent limits may be published.

City Advisory on Evictions
Please see Mayor Walsh's recent statement about a moratorium on evictions in the City of Boston, effective through June 12, 2020.

Rental Units with BPDA Income Floors
BPDA is suspending enforcement of our income floor requirements on all new applications received through August 31, 2020. Landlords are also asked to keep in mind that income floor requirements do not apply upon recertification/renewal for any tenant, regardless of certification date.

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