FEMA's Multifamily Lease & Repair Program

Posted By: Johnmichael Fernandez SWFAA News,

As Florida still works through the impacts of Hurricane Ian and Tropical Storm Nicole, SWFAA members should be aware of recovery programs provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Multifamily Lease and Repair program is intended to assist multifamily properties with recovery efforts, and to prevent residents from becoming displaced. 

Multifamily Lease and Repair

FEMA is seeking multifamily properties that could be potentially repaired to local, state, and federal codes/standards and then offered as temporary housing for FEMA applicants for up to 18 months. The properties should be communities that are able to accommodate a considerable number of people in a single location. 

In addition, the property must be repairable within a four-months period and cannot be located in a floodway. The management company or owners must register to do business with FEMA through the System for Award Management (SAM) at SAM.gov.

Costs and Eligibility

There are no rental costs for eligible applicants. Repair costs are funded by the State/FEMA, and the value of these repairs are deducted from the value of the lease agreement between the State/FEMA and the property owner.

To be eligible, properties must be within Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee,Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns or Volusia counties, or within reasonable commuting distance to these counties and in the State of Florida.

Other Requirements:

  • The property must have been previously used as multi-family housing;
  • The property must contain two or more units;
  • The property must be located in an area included in a major disaster declaration or impacted by the same disaster and located within thirty (30) to up to sixty (60) minutes commuting distance of a major disaster declaration area within the State of Florida.
  • Each unit must provide complete and independent living facilities for one or more persons and contain permanent provisions for living, sleeping, cooking, and sanitation
  • The property must be located within reasonable commuting distance to community and wrap-around services, such as accessible public transportation, schools, fire and emergency services, grocery stores, etc.
  • The vacant units on the property must be available to be leased to FEMA allowing FEMA’s exclusive use as temporary housing for eligible applicants for a term of no less than 18 months with the possibility of contract extension.
  • The property owner must provide all property management services, including building maintenance.
  • All contractors must be registered in System for Award Management (SAM) and have a Unique Entity Identifier.

Terms and Conditions

  • A provision granting FEMA exclusive use of the units and sole discretion to identify and select occupants during the term of the lease agreement
  • A provision granting FEMA the option of releasing the unit to the owner and ceasing all monthly payments for the unit at any time by providing 30 days’ notice
  • A provision allowing FEMA to make reasonable accommodation and/or modification repairs or improvements during the term of the lease agreement without requiring FEMA to remove the improvements at the end of lease agreement 
  • A provision incorporating a lease addendum containing FEMA’s conditions of eligibility and termination of tenancy and eviction into any lease between the property owner and the occupant
  • A provision agreeing to waive credit screening for eligible applicants
  • A provision allowing FEMA to reassign a vacated unit when eligible applicants need temporary housing assistance, and a unit becomes available before the end of the period of assistance
  • Property owners must be current and in good standing with property mortgage payments and ensure mortgage standing verification is provided, as well as proof of ownership.

For more information on the Multifamily Lease and Repair Program, please visit this link. It will direct you to a fact sheet where there are further details about the program, as well as contact information for FEMA.