On January 29, HUD hosted a webinar that provided updates on its recent activities to gather information and provide recommendations on improving landlord participation. Due to technical difficulties, the webinar was not available live, but slides and a recording from the webinar are now available on HUD’s website.
During the webinar, the first in a three-part series, HUD staff discussed what the Department has learned from the listening sessions held in five cities with landlords in 2019 as well as in focus groups with PHAs. During the landlord listening sessions, participants heard about landlord concerns about the voucher program, primarily inadequate payment standards and long inspection wait times. In the PHA focus group, staff expressed similar concerns about FMRs that do not reflect market conditions and discussed efforts they have made to engage landlords, such as hiring staff who specifically serve as points of contact for landlords.
HUD’s landlord website also includes a link to register for the next landlord symposium, to be held on March 26 in Denver. This symposium will follow a similar event held in December 2019 in Indianapolis, in which HUD and local PHA staff met with landlords to discuss ways to increase landlord recruitment and retention.