HUD Office of Multifamily Housing Reminds Owners That Tenant Organizations May Use Community Rooms for Tenant Organizing Activities

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs (Multifamily) distributed an email reminding owners and managers of private housing assisted by the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) program that they must “reasonably” make community rooms and other spaces appropriate for meetings available to residents for meetings. Tenant organizations and a property’s tenants in general can request use of these spaces to carry out a tenant organization’s business, address issues related to living environments, or establish a tenant organization.

24 CFR part 245 sets out tenant participation rules for the PBRA program and clearly states that owners must recognize tenant organizations and consider their concerns. Section 245.110 defines a “legitimate tenant organization” as one that is established by tenants, represents all tenants, operates democratically, meets regularly, and is independent of owners. Section 245.120 is the section that requires community rooms or other spaces suitable for meetings to be available to tenant organizations.

Read the Multifamily email at:

Read NLIHC’s “Key Features of Part 245” at:   

Read 24 CFR part 245 at:

Multifamily’s “Residents Rights and Responsibilities” brochure in available in English and other languages.