We audited the multifamily project-based Section 8 program at the Beverly Place Apartments. We selected Beverly Place because we received a complaint of potential fraud, suggesting that the complex did not have appropriate controls to ensure tenant and unit eligibility. Our objective was to determine whether the owner administered its project-based Section 8 program in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations and guidance.
The owner did not administer the project-based Section 8 program at Beverly Place in accordance with HUD regulations. It assisted at least 97 tenants who were either ineligible for assistance or whose eligibility could not be supported. This condition occurred because the owner did not establish effective control systems, which allowed the onsite employees to commit fraud. The employees falsified tenant eligibility and did not properly verify tenant income as required by HUD. As a result, HUD paid the owner more than $574,000 in subsidies for ineligible tenants and incurred more than $227,000 in subsidies for which the owner could not support the tenants’ subsidy amounts.
We recommend that the Southwest Region Director of Multifamily Housing require the Beverly Place owner to (1) repay HUD more than $574,000 for housing subsidies received for ineligible tenants and units and (2) support or repay HUD more than $227,000 for units for which managers either did not have a tenant file or did not obtain required earned income verification reports to verify eligibility. In addition, HUD should require its contract administrator for Beverly Place to ensure that the owner’s recently implemented quality control program is working as designed.