NAA/NMHC identify 2019-2020 Apartment Industry Policy Priorities
Distributed by NAA on Thursday, February 7, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Apartment Association (NAA) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) today released the apartment housing industry’s policy priorities for 2019-2020.
It’s no secret that a growing number of families across the income spectrum are struggling to find housing they can afford. As a country, we need comprehensive, proactive policy solutions that can help to mitigate this housing affordability crisis.
As such, NAA/NMHC have made this the lodestar of our advocacy efforts in 2019-2020. “We’ve identified the issue of housing affordability as a top priority for 2019 because it is wide-reaching and impacts communities around the country,” said NAA President and CEO Robert Pinnegar, CAE.
“There is a growing concern at all levels of government about how to best deal with housing affordability issues,” said Doug Bibby, NMHC President. “It’s incumbent upon us as an industry to do our utmost to work with lawmakers to find holistic policy solutions that provide the housing our nation needs.”
One critical driver of the housing affordability crisis is the cost of local, state and federal regulations. Recent research has found that such regulations account for an average of 32.1 percent of rental housing development costs – driving up the price tag to create adequate housing options for all incomes. In 2019 and 2020, NAA/NMHC will advocate for a reduction of unnecessary, harmful barriers to the development of more housing and preservation of existing apartments.
In addition to the cost of regulation, there are many other policies and programs that impact affordability. Getting housing finance reform right is a critical component of addressing housing affordability. In addition, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is an important tool designed to assist families in need of affordable housing. We are working on proposals that will enhance the Section 8 federal housing program and incentivize additional private sector participation.
In addition to housing affordability and regulatory reform, NAA/NMHC will also focus on other critical federal legislative and regulatory issues. These include the ongoing implementation of the 2017 tax law, clarification of fair housing rules, rent payments in credit scoring, data security standards, federal flood insurance reauthorization, construction and development incentives, accessibility litigation and music licensing reforms.
NAA/NMHC Response to President Trump's State of the Union Address
Distributed by NAA on Wednesday, February 6, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
“NMHC and NAA applaud President Trump’s focus on economic growth and job creation, especially through regulatory reforms, ongoing revisions to the tax code and reinvestment in infrastructure. Thirty-nine million Americans call apartments home and the industry supports 12.3 million jobs. “Housing affordability is a growing challenge for families across the country. Lawmakers of all stripes are increasingly focused on how to best work to solve the housing affordability crisis.
NMHC/NAA stand ready to partner with them at all levels of government to foster policies that encourage the building of housing at all price points. Research has found that regulatory barriers account for an average of 32.1 percent of rental housing development costs – driving up costs to create adequate housing options. NMHC/NAA will continue to advocate for a reduction of unnecessary obstacles to the creation of more housing and preservation of existing apartments. “
The nation will need to create 4.6 million new apartment homes by 2030 to meet the rising demand. This is far above our current levels of construction. To achieve that goal, the private sector and government leaders will need to partner to embrace creative, innovative solutions. The apartment industry looks forward to working with the Trump administration, leaders of Congress and state and local policymakers to that end.”
Government Shutdown: How can we help?
Distributed by NAA on Friday, January 18, 2019
NAA would like to provide you with FAQs and sample Eviction Holdoff Agreement. We hope this guidance information is useful to you as make operational decisions while this partial federal government shutdown persists.
Please note the following pertaining to the Sample Eviction Holdoff Agreement:
We, the National Apartment Association (“NAA”), provide the attached Eviction Holdoff Agreement only as a sample agreement. This agreement has not been reviewed or approved by legal counsel for use in your jurisdiction. To the maximum extent allowed by state law and/or local ordinance, you agree to release from liability and waive your right to sue NAA, their employees, officers, volunteers and agents (collectively “NAA”) from any and all claims resulting in any economic damages and losses you may suffer or which may result from your use of this agreement. We strongly encourage you to have your local legal counsel review this agreement for compliance with state and local law before you put it to use in your operations.
As always, we are available for any questions you may have. Please contact Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Greg Brown or Senior Vice President of Industry Operations Amy Groff.
Thank you for your consideration,
Robert Pinnegar, CAE President and CEONational Apartment Association
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Announcing the New Apartmentalize ScholarshipDistributed by NAA on Thursday, January 10th, 2018
Apartmentalize, the largest annual rental housing industry event, attracts nearly 10,000 brightest professionals each June for three days of incomparable education, unparalleled networking opportunities and an Exposition featuring more than 500 exhibiting companies.
In anticipation of 2019 Apartmentalize, June 26-28 in Denver, NAA is excited to announce the launch of the 20 in Their Twenties Scholarship Program*! The scholarship will recognize 20 of the best and brightest young professionals in the industry, offering an opportunity to receive complimentary airfare, hotel and full conference registration to this year’s conference.
Have you or someone you know shown leadership, exhibited creative thinking and problem-solving or challenged the status quo? Then apply today!
Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Winners will be announced in March 2019.