On June 30th, HUD released HSG Notice 17-05 providing clear implementation instructions of the VAWA Final Rule released in November 2016.
The notice is entitled Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2013 – Additional Guidance for Multifamily Owners and Management Agents.
- The Notice does not change the current understanding of the Final Rule, but includes multiple examples providing clarification about the requirements.
- It also did not include a new VAWA Addendum but did indicate a new addendum will be released soon. When the new Addendum is released, you will be responsible for providing this new form to both existing and new residents. In the interim, continue to use the current 91067 available on HUDClips. Please note that the Addendum expires on June 30. You have the option to continue to use the existing form as is or use the existing form yet remove the expiration date when the form is produced using site software.
- And finally, the Notice also includes Appendix 1 – Items to Consider When Developing VAWA Policies. Use this appendix to make sure you have considered all of the aspects of implementing a comprehensive VAWA policy.