Existing Tenants & Owners

Information for tenants and owners of BPDA-monitored properties.

Extended Temporary Pandemic Policies for BPDA-restricted Rental Units

  1. Income Floors - A number of BPDA-restricted units have income floors, or restricted minimum incomes, which the BPDA had waived enforcing through August 31st, 2020. This waiver of the income floors is extended September 30, 2021, and the BPDA will revisit any possible extensions at that time. If you are unsure if your units have income floors (i.e. 80-100%, 80-120%, or 100-120% AMI), please check your Affordable Rental Housing Agreement and Restrictions ("ARHAR"), which can be viewed publicly on the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. This waiver by the BPDA does not supersede the landlord's minimum income requirement for the unit as part of their standard screening process.
  2. Unemployment Eligibility - On June 4, 2020, the BPDA announced a temporary policy for determining income eligibility for applicants receiving unemployment benefits at the time of applying, which may be viewed here. This temporary policy has been extended until September 31, 2021, however, there is one revision: Prior years’ W2 will no longer be used to determine income for applicants receiving unemployment benefits. Income eligibility will be determined from the last two pay stubs prior to the applicant becoming unemployed.

Temporary Pandemic Policies Extended with Revisions

Notary Requirement - The BPDA's notary requirement for the Affidavit of Eligibility for rental applications had been waived through December 31, 2020, and this waiver is being extended until May 31, 2021. Sections 16 and 18 of the Affidavit, however, are still required to be signed by all applicants or renewing tenants age 18 or older.

Temporary Pandemic Policies NOT Extended

Recertifications - On April 1, 2020, the BPDA temporarily waived recertification requirements for renewing tenants. This waver ended August 31, 2020 and has NOT been extended. All tenant recertifications will need to continue as usual.

New Policies, Updates, and Reminders (not temporary for pandemic)

  1. Online File Submission for Applicant Certifications - BPDA began accepting online submissions of certification files on April 1, 2020. Please do not send certification files or materials via mail or email. If you have a certification file that is complete and ready to send, please fill out the form here. You then will receive an email from a BPDA staff member inviting you to upload your documents to a secure folder. These submissions will be processed via Box, a secure document sharing platform which makes accounts available to users at no cost. You must complete a new form for each individual file.
  2. Income Limits - The current income limits are posted on the BPDA website here.
  3. 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. Especially at this time, we recommend that landlords remain open to discussing rents lower with their tenants.

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