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Government Affairs

Your safety net for your business and the industry at large is engagement in public policy activities.

Government Affairs

Your safety net for your business and the industry at large is engagement in public policy activities. At the federal level, NAA partners with NMHC to advocate for a supportive legislative and regulatory climate to protect your business. At the state and local levels, we analyze legislation, conduct research and provide resources to help build your and your fellow members' strength and influence.

Recent News

Top 2016 NAA and NMHC Legislative and Regulatory Accomplishments - On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, marking the conclusion of an unparalleled election season that ended in a Republican sweep of both Houses of Congress. Now, NAA/NMHC are focused on identifying the industry’s advocacy agenda for the new Administration and Congress as we begin 2017 in our strongest position in years. (Dec. 27, 2016)

NAA/NMHC Release New Guidance on Music Licensing - NAA and NMHC, with the assistance of Winstead PC, have just released a memorandum with guidance concerning the licensing of music used at apartment communities. The memorandum is intended to aid property owners and operators in evaluating their music licensing needs. Entitled “Public Performance Analysis for Apartment Communities: Fitness Centers and Movie Rooms,” the memorandum was written by Professor David Nimmer. (Jan. 3, 2017)

FHFA Issues 2017 Scorecard - The Federal Housing Finance Agency has issued the 2017 Scorecard for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs). The scorecard will be used as a tool to guide and provide a framework for the GSE's efforts and results throughout the coming year. (Dec. 16, 2016)

Dr. Ben Carson Tapped for HUD Secretary - Amidst a flurry of nominations to secretary posts, President-Elect Donald Trump submitted Dr. Ben Carson’s name to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the new administration.  (Dec. 15, 2016)

NAA/NMHC Advocacy Helps Preserve Military Housing Benefits - Congress passed the long-stalled 2017 National Defense Authorization Act on Dec. 8, after reaching agreement on several contentious provisions, including proposed cuts to military housing benefits. (Dec. 8, 2016)

Real Estate Industry Reminds Policymakers of What’s at Stake in Tax Reform - NAA/NMHC and a coalition of real estate organizations sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady identifying the sector’s key principles for tax reform. (Dec. 13, 2016)

Apartment Industry Urges Early Action on Regulatory Reform in 2017 - NAA/NMHC joined nearly 380 other trade associations and business groups in urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to make consideration of the “Regulatory Accountability Act” an early priority for the new Congress in 2017. (Dec. 5, 2016)

House Releases Draft Principles for Flood Reauthorization - Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Chairman Blaine Leutkemeyer has released long-awaited draft principles outlining a path forward to reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program before it expires in September 2017.  (Dec. 9, 2016)

New Tax Legislation to Impact Partnerships and Foreign Pension Funds - Congressional tax writers have introduced bicameral technical corrections legislation that would clarify tax provisions enacted in a 2015 bill related to partnership audits and foreign pension funds investing in U.S. real estate. (Dec. 6, 2016)

Industry Weighs in on Proposal Requiring Universal Energy Benchmarking - NAA/NMHC have issued a comment letter opposing a proposed rule that would require every building backed by a Federal Housing Administration multifamily loan to track and submit energy benchmarking data through EPA’s ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager. (Dec. 5, 2016)

FTC Offers Helpful Guidance on Apartment Firm Use of Credit Reports - The Federal Trade Commission has updated several of their guidance documents that help apartment firms understand how to use credit and background screenings to manage properties, operations and workforce without violating federal law. (Dec. 15, 2016)

“Lame Duck” Congress Still Faces Critical Votes - Republicans have maintained control of both houses and are now beginning to plan their agenda for the Lame Duck Session and next Congress. To avoid a government shutdown, lawmakers need to pass a continuing resolution or another type of spending bill by Dec. 9.  (Dec. 2, 2016)

The Election Is Over, Now What? - On Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. It will mark the conclusion of an unprecedented and unparalleled election season that also saw the Republican Party sweep both houses of Congress. As a result, Republicans largely view the next two years as an almost once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enact their policy agenda. (Dec. 1, 2016)

What Would Tax Reform Mean for Apartments? - Tax reform is expected to take center stage in the next Congress based on signals from President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. NAA/NMHC have made tax reform a top priority as well. (Dec. 1, 2016)

HUD Implements Small Area FMRs in High-Cost Areas - HUD has issued a final rule officially implementing Small Area Fair Market Rents in place of 50 percentile fair market rents for high-cost metro areas. Importantly, it makes key changes suggested by NAA/NMHC. (Dec. 1, 2016)

DOL Overtime Rule Blocked by Texas Judge – A Texas federal judge has blocked the Department of Labor’s overtime rule that would make more than 4 million private-sector workers eligible for extra pay. The judge imposed a preliminary injunction against the rule which was set to take effect Dec. 1. The Court will now adjudicate the rule's validity. (Nov. 22, 2016)

Unpacking the Meaning of a Trump Administration for Apartment Housing – Uncertainty dominated the commentary written by key real estate analysts trying to forecast how Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President will affect the apartment industry and the economy overall. (Nov. 17, 2016)

Management Fee Add-On for Homeless Preference – HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing has announced the availability of a new management fee add-on and special fee. (Nov. 16, 2016)

2016 Statewide Elections and Ballot Initiatives Recap – While the most notable result of the Nov. 8 election was a new administration, key state and local ballot initiatives that impact the apartment industry also took place. (Nov. 16, 2016)

Administration Affirms Criminal Screening Can Violate Fair Housing Act - In a filing in a New York lawsuit, the U.S. Department of Justice has reaffirmed the Administration’s position that some criminal screening policies used by housing providers create a disparate impact for minority applicants and are impermissible under the Fair Housing Act. (Nov. 11, 2016) 

Regulators to Propose New Private Flood Insurance Rule - Federal regulators have issued a long-overdue rule  on what private flood insurance policies will be acceptable for federal flood coverage requirements. The rules are required as part of the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization  passed in 2012.  (Nov. 7, 2016)

HUD Announces Final VAWA Rule - HUD has published a final rule to fully implement the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The rule prohibits housing providers from denying or terminating housing assistance on the basis that an applicant or tenant is a victim. (Oct. 27, 2016)

New Flood Elevation Standards Announced - HUD has proposed new standards dictating how high HUD-supported properties have to be elevated above base flood elevations.The rule would apply to all properties with HUD financial backing such as FHA Multifamily, CDBG or HOME projects. (Oct. 27, 2016)

NAA/NMHC Provide Input to FHFA on Multifamily Production Cap - NAA/NMHC met with senior officials at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s regulator, to provide an update on market conditions facing the apartment housing industry. (Oct. 27, 2016)

FTC Issues Data Breach Guidance for Businesses - The FTC has issued guidance for businesses that have experienced a data breach. (Oct. 25, 2016)

Policy Resources:

2016 NAA and NMHC Policy Priorities

2016 NAA and NMHC Accomplishments

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