Interim commitment letters from lenders and other institutions must be submitted with the proposal. Construction cannot begin until the agreement on the conclusion of an ahap assistance contract has been concluded. Units can be completed in stages, as outlined in the AHAP agreement. Owners must ensure that they have taken all appropriate measures to minimize the movement of people (households, businesses, non-profit organizations and farms) as a result of a project supported under the Mod Rehab program. Whenever possible, once the project is complete, tenants should have the opportunity to rent and occupy an appropriate, decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing unit. See 24 C.F.R. § 882.810 (a) (1). The BHA must also comply with the requirements of G.L.c. 79A and 760 CMR 27.00 insofar as they supplement the Federal Relocation Act and sometimes place higher requirements. Agreement for the conclusion of an AHAP (Housing Assistance Payments) contract All construction/rehabilitation PBV units require the owner/sponsor of the project to withdraw an AHAP contract with HHA prior to any demolition and/or construction. Contractors are required to obtain and obtain written permission from the DND and BHA for any modification to the work indicated in the AHAP, which would alter the design or quality of the necessary renovation or increase the amount of the contract.
As a general rule, modification contracts are not approved, unless the circumstances leading to the proposed modification are not controlled by the contractor and/or the modification is in the best interest of the rehabilitation project. The pre-construction conference will also include a discussion on the impact of the refurbishment work on tenants and the measures that will be taken to avoid damage to their personal property and disruptions to their normal routine. If a temporary move is required, the owner of the BHA makes available to tenants a moving plan and copies of all notifications. The landlord then takes responsibility for informing the tenant of the need for a temporary move and his rights related to the move in accordance with points 4.3.2 and 4.3.3. After approval of the final feasibility analysis and after the owner has completed all the necessary steps before the rehabilitation can begin, the BHA will prepare the AHAP and check with the owner. The BHA then indicates the start date of the renovation work and the deadline for its completion at the AHAP. The BHA will explain the rights and obligations under the EPFA and PAH treaties and stress the importance of completing the work in a timely and correct manner. The owner will sign the AHAP and submit it to the BHA for verification and signature. Everyone is done to avoid the need to demand rent increases beyond the authorized RMF due to unplanned work.
In-depth initial inspections and work registrations, coupled with a high frequency of inspections, will minimize requests for rent increases beyond RMF. The BHA is aware that no increase in the contract lease(s) is allowed due to unforeseen work items without the review and authorization of the HUD.. . . .