AN ACT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES AND PREVENTION OF EVICTIONS (HOPE) PROGRAM. SL 2021-190. Enacted Dec. 9, 2021. Effective Dec. 9, 2021.
Summary date: Dec 10 2021 - View summary
Summary date: Nov 29 2021 - View summary
Conference report adds the following to the 3rd edition.
Amends Section 3.4(g) of SL 2021-25 (Additional COVID-19 Response & Relief), which sets the amounts listed in subsection (f) of Section 3.4 to be the maximum aggregate allotments of Emergency Rental Assistance funds for eligible residents in the identified modified council of government regions which did not receive a direct allocation from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance program under the Consolidated Appropriations Act or the American Rescue Plan. Directs that the Office of Recovery and Resiliency provide awards to recipients residing in the described regions in an amount equal to the actual amount of monthly rent owed, including reasonable fees authorized under the written lease agreements, by the tenant pursuant to the rental agreement or an amount equal to the actual amount of utility costs owned by the recipient (was, awards based on the actual amount of monthly rent owed by the tenant pursuant to the rental agreement or an amount equal to the actual amount of utility costs owed by the recipient). Maintains that the awards are not subject to an allowable average or other formula-based calculation.
Summary date: Aug 31 2021 - View summary
Senate committee substitute deletes the content of the 2nd edition and replaces it with the following.
Enacts a new subsection to Section 3.4 of SL 2021-25 (Additional COVID-19 Response & Relief), relating to emergency rental assistance funds. Directs the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) to accept applications under the Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions Program (HOPE) submitted by a landlord on behalf of a tenant so long as the submitted application meets the federal requirements for the HOPE program. Makes such applications retroactively eligible for rental arrears, including current or previous tenant addresses, within allowable federal guidelines. Directs NCORR to only allocate funds to the 12 counties listed in subsection (d) of Section 3.4 (counties identified to receive Emergency Rental Assistance funds) that accept applications submitted by landlords on behalf of a tenant, accept applications submitted by tenants, and comply with the use restrictions of subsection (j), as amended.
Amends subsection (j) of Section 3.4, SL 2021-25, to enumerate six specific uses for the emergency rental assistance funds reserved and allotted under Section 3.4. Uses include: (1) covering the cost of a hotel or motel room, excluding incidental charges, occupied by an eligible household that meets applicable program requirements and three additional criteria, including that the household has been displaced from its primary residence or does not have a permanent residence elsewhere; (2) covering the cost of reasonable accrued late fees due to a landlord; (3) covering utility or energy costs for renter households, irrespective of an application for or receipt of rental assistance; (4) complying with fund allotment parameters set forth in subsection (g), with NCORR annually reporting to the specified NCGA committee; (5) ensuring assistance is provided for no longer than 12 months, with a three-month extension permitted if necessary to ensure housing stability (subject to funding availability); and (6) covering rental arrears accrued after March 13, 2020, the date of the specified emergency declaration.
Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.
Summary date: Mar 4 2021 - View summary
House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.
Modifies the proposed changes to GS 143-138(b5), concerning the permitting exception set out for any construction, installation, repair, replacement, or alteration performed in accordance with the current NC State Building Code in any single family residence or farm building that does not exceed a cost threshold, currently set at $15,000, as follows. Now increases the threshold from $15,000 to $20,000, effective October 1, 2021, applicable to any construction, installation, repair, replacement, or alteration on single family residences or farm buildings occurring on or after that date (the previous edition gradually increased the cost threshold every year from 2021 through 2025, with the threshold set at $20,000 on October 1, 2025). Makes additional technical changes.
Summary date: Feb 17 2021 - View summary
Amends GS 143-138(b5), concerning the permitting exception set out for any construction, installation, repair, replacement, or alteration performed in accordance with the current NC State Building Code in any single family residence or farm building that does not exceed a cost threshold, currently set at $15,000. Gradually increases the cost threshold for the exception by $1,000 every October 1 from 2021 through 2025, with the threshold set at $20,000 on October 1, 2025. Maintains specified construction, installation, repairs, replacement, or alterations that require permitting under the Code or local ordinance.