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Understanding HOPA – Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995

Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995

If you’re thinking about moving to a 55+ community, you may have a lot of questions about what rules apply to it that make it different than other communities (besides the age requirement).  Back in 1995, the Housing for Older Persons Act( HOPA ) was signed into law by President Clinton.  The HOPA stated that the definition of housing for older persons was that it was housing intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit. It also eliminated the requirement that said communities had to provide significant services and facilities specifically designed for elderly residents.  What it does require is that age verification procedures be in place.  And it established that a housing community or facility that falls under the HOPA is any dwelling or group of dwelling units that is governed by a common set of rules, regulations, or restrictions.

There are several requirements for communities or facilities to qualify as a 55+ housing.  First, at least 80% of the occupied units must have one resident that is 55 years of age or older. Second, there must be documented and adhered to policies and procedures set in place by the owner of management of the housing community/facility that shows their intent to provide housing for persons 55 and older. Finally, the facility/community must comply with procedures that will verify occupancy via reliable surveys and affidavits.

Those who want to live in a 55+ community must be able to provide reliable age verification documentation for at least one person living in each unit who is 55 or older.  Reliable documentation includes: birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, immigration card, military id, or any state, local, national or international documentation.  Whatever is used, it must contain up-to-date information about the age or birth of the person in question.

Stay tuned for more information regarding 55+ communities in the Tampa Bay area!

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