MFTE and Incentive Zoning Compliance

The Seattle Office of Housing monitors multifamily properties with commitments through the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE), Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) and Incentive Zoning (IZ or Housing Bonus) programs. Property managers must ensure that all participating units meet affordability restrictions, determine income eligibility of all resident households, and calculate rents in accordance with program requirements. OH compliance staff review projects yearly and perform on-site file audits every one to three years. (Page last updated 4/11/2018)

Renters: This page is intended for property managers of buildings participating in the MFTE, MHA and IZ programs. Renters interested in applying for properties should review the materials under Private Apartment Buildings on the Office of Housing Find Housing page. Properties participating in the programs will have the most current information on vacancies and will conduct the income certification process. 

Affordable Housing Incentive Programs Compliance Training Opportunities

 Program Compliance Resources

Income and Rent Limits

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the 2018 Seattle-Bellevue, WA metro area income guidelines on March 30. Historically, income and rent limits for City-supported affordable rental housing programs have been based on the HUD income guidelines.  Using the previous methodology, the 2018 HUD income guidelines would result in an 11.5 percent increase in rents, compounding a 6.3 percent increase in rents in 2017. In light of the significant two-year increase, the Office of Housing 2017 published rent and income guidelines will continue to apply to all City-supported affordable rental housing programs until further notice. (4/11/18)

Utility Allowances

2017 Annual Reporting

Additional Resources

Income Verification

All properties participating in the MFTE and Incentive Zoning programs must certify that applicants are income eligible for the program(s).  Property managers must:

  • Have applicants disclose all income sources on Resident Eligibility Application (REA)
  • Obtain documentation for each income source and asset disclosed by applicant
  • Calculate total household income from source documentation and enter into Household Eligibility Certification (HEC)
  • Household must be below the maximum allowable income limit and have all above documentation on file prior to signing a lease/renting unit

Refer to Compliance Manual and Compliance Reference above for more detail on income certification procedures. The latest version of forms accepted by the program will be found below.

MFTE/IZ Resident Application

Income Verification Forms

Asset Verification Forms

Household Certification