On March 27, 2023, HUD published a press release, notifying stakeholders that the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs released updated guidance for owners of properties participating in its Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) program. The changes in Chapter Nine of HUD’s Section 8 Renewal Policy Guidebook are designed to streamline the contract renewal process by making it easier for owners to prepare and submit the Rent Comparability Studies that are used to establish contract rents. The changes also clarify the conditions under which such rents may reflect the value of providing services to residents. HUD last updated the Guidebook in 2017.