New Rule On VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

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  • 60 minutes

HUD's Final Rule implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 was published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2016. This Final Rule details the requirements for the HUD-covered programs and is effective Dec. 16, 2016. It is important to note that VAWA 2013 also covers the LIHTC and Rural Housing programs, but the Departments of Treasury and Agriculture have not issued their Final Rule for these programs to date. Many state agencies, however, have already incorporated VAWA 2013 compliance into their state requirements.   

The reality is that the vast majority of victims of domestic violence are women and children, and most outreach organizations take those demographics into consideration when providing services. However, we do recognize that though not the norm, there are men abused by their wives and violence does occur in same-sex relationships. The bottom line is, violence is violence no matter what gender the victim. Because of that, the Violence Against Women Act applies to all victims." VAWA 2013 extends protection to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, regardless of gender.

HUD's 102-page Final Rule requires that the Notice of Occupancy Rights and accompanying certification form be provided at the following times: 

  • at admission to a covered program. 

  • at rejection from a covered program. 

  • within one year for all existing residents. 

  • at the time of notification of termination of tenancy or termination of assistance for all current residents. 

In addition, the Final Rule details the requirement to establish an Emergency Transfer Plan, no later than June 14, 2017, that allows a tenant to transfer to a new unit/building when the tenant reasonably believes that there is a threat of imminent harm from further violence if the tenant remains in the same unit. The Final Rule includes a model Emergency Transfer Plan that owners can modify for this purpose. HUD requires that owners track and submit information on emergency transfer requests and outcomes on an annual basis.


  • VAWA compliance overview

  • Notice of Occupancy Rights and accompanying certification form is discussed

  • Emergency Transfer Plan is covered

  • The implication of HUD Final rule for everyone involved in housing


This session will provide insight into the implications of the HUD final rule for everyone involved in housing. It will affect your property’s: 

  • Tenant Selection Plan

  • House Rules

  • Move-in

  • Rejection

  • Termination of Assistance/Tenancy

  • Eligibility of Remaining Household Members


  • Property Owners 

  • Property Managers 

  • Regional Property Managers

  • Housing Authority Staff 

  • Public Housing Director

  • City Attorneys

  • Compliance Staff 

  • Community Development employees 

  • Affordable Housing Managers

  • Realtors

Paul Flogstad

Paul Flogstad

Paul has been involved in the real estate industry for the past 38 years. After college graduation he was in law enforcement for 4 years. From that point on, he has been involved in sales, construction, project management, appraisal, mortgage consulting and brokerage, property management and property management consulting/training. 

Most recently, he was a consultant for affordable, multi-housing properties in 22 different states. This involved properties in HUD, Rural Development and Tax Credit programs. In this role he supported managers by training, compliance, budgeting, developing policy and procedures as well as creating successful marketing strategies. Previously was a regional manager for a large property management company in South Dakota. 

For over twenty years was involved in appraisal of residential, multi-family, farm and commercial properties throughout the Midwest.

He holds numerous professional property management designations and currently holds the prestigious RHM designation from the National Center for Housing Management. 

In 2007 he formed Property Management Solutions. In this capacity, he provides training and consulting services nationwide to owners, management companies, multi-housing associations, as well as state and federal agencies. 

Paul was previously Vice President of the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association, Vice Chairman of the Minnehaha County Housing and Redevelopment Commission, and Chairman of the Sioux Falls Property Appeals Board. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the South Dakota Multi-Housing Association.

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