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USDA/RHS RIN: 0575-AD35 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: 7 CFR 3560--Revisions to the Smoke Alarm Requirements in Section 515 Rural Rental Housing and Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing Direct Loan Programs--Proposed Rule 

On December 29, 2022, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2023, which incorporated The Public and Federally Assisted Housing Fire Safety Act of 2022. This new law requires each unit of federally assisted housing to contain hardwired or 10-year non-rechargeable, sealed, tamper-resistant battery-powered smoke alarm devices, as well as other items. To comply with the new statutory requirements, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) proposes to amend 7 CFR 3560.103(a)(3)(xx) and 7 CFR 3560.60 to implement the changes related to smoke alarm requirements for the MFH Direct Loan and Grant programs. These proposed changes to 7 CFR 3560 subparts B and C are intended to align the Agency’s smoke alarm requirements with the new qualified smoke alarm standards under the Public and Federally Assisted Housing Fire Safety Act of 2022.

The intent of this proposed rule is to increase the safety of residents and visitors, as well as strengthen measures for the protection of the asset value used to secure the Agency’s section 515 and section 514/516 program loans. Housing repair and replacement costs in the affordable housing industry have been increasing at a steady rate due to economic changes in the open market for labor and materials. Agency stakeholders will benefit from an improved customer experience through improved safety and prevention of potential damage resulting from smoke and fire. 

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 3560   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 117-328    42 U.S.C. 1471 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Proposed Rule  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Resnik
Director, MFH Asset Management Division
Department of Agriculture
Rural Housing Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 430-3114