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Individuals and entities who are involved in criminal activity and/or serious program violations in the transaction of business with the Federal Government may be subject to sanctions. These include suspensions, debarments, or Limited Denials of Participation. All Federal agencies, including HUD, participate in a government-wide suspension/debarment system, which excludes sanctioned individuals and entities from conducting further business with the Government. The General Services Administration (GSA), a Federal agency, is required to compile and maintain an up-to-date list of debarred, or suspended individuals and entities. To find out more about this national listing system

It is the policy of the Federal Government to conduct business only with responsible persons and entities. Government sanctions have been put in place to protect the public interest by excluding these individuals and entities from participating in Government programs.

Who does HUD sanction?

The following are some occupations that could be sanctioned:

  • Landlords
  • Loan Officers
  • Builders and Developers
  • Real Estate Brokers or Agents
  • Management Agents
  • Appraisers and Inspectors
  • Contractors


Debarments are serious actions imposed by HUD. The general duration of a debarment is three years, but it could be longer, even for an indefinite period of time, depending upon the seriousness of the violation. For more information on debarments


Suspensions are imposed for a temporary period, pending the completion of an investigation or legal proceedings. Suspension may be enacted based on adequate evidence, such as an indictment or conviction. Depending upon the outcome of the investigation or legal proceedings, suspension could lead to debarment. For more information on suspensions

Limited Denial of Participation

Limited Denial of Participation, also called “LDP,” is another sanction. It lasts no longer than one year. It is generally restricted to specific HUD programs and normally is not national in scope. Usually a HUD Field Office imposes an LDP, which is only effective within that specific geographic area. For more information on Limited Denial of Participation

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