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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

Industry Weighs In (Again) on HUD Proposal to Change Fair Market Rents - NAA/NMHC have provided detailed feedback to HUD on a proposed rule that would change how Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Fair Market Rents are set in many areas nationwide.

President Obama Signs NAA/NMHC Supported Section 8 Housing Reforms - President Obama has signed into law “The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act,” which will maximize the impact of taxpayer dollars and eliminate inefficiencies in critical federal housing programs.

Administration Cyber Policy Targets Federal-Private Sector Coordination - The Obama Administration recently issued a new policy directive to help better coordinate the Federal Government’s response to cyber incidents that involve attacks on the private sector.

Consumer Watchdog Proposal Would Impact Multifamily Debt Collection - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a proposal on July 28 that drastically changes how collection agencies are able to collect debts.

Congress Gives Energy Bill the Green Light - After years of deliberation, Congress is poised to move a wide-ranging energy bill for the first time since 2007 after the Senate voted to convene a conference committee on July 12. The package includes longtime NAA/NMHC priorities for building energy efficiency and regulatory oversight.

Wyden Announces Plans to Introduce Workforce Housing Tax Credit - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has announced plans to introduce a tax credit in September for the development of workforce housing. NAA/NMHC are providing feedback to Senator Wyden’s staff.

NAA/NMHC Provide Guidance to Industry on Overtime Rule - Effective Dec. 1, the controversial overtime rule lifts the overtime pay threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. The rule is expected to impact 4.2 million executive, administrative and professional employees who are paid by the hour or earn less than the threshold.  The guidance describes the rule in detail and provides issues for owners, operators and developers of apartment housing to consider as they seek to comply with the new rule. 

Watch Today: The Multifamily and Cybersecurity Webinar is Available Now - Cyber risk to the apartment housing industry is often overlooked and underestimated. Learn more by viewing NAA/NMHC's webinar on our new white paper, “Multifamily and Cybersecurity: The Threat Landscape and Best Practices.”

Member Advisory: Fair Housing – Familial Status Litigation - A fair housing complaint has been filed against an NAA member company that operates properties in several states. The complaint questions the member’s occupancy standards, alleging discrimination on the basis of familial status.

NAA/NMHC Release Apartment Industry Cybersecurity Risks and Best Practices Report - NAA/NMHC have published a new in-depth analysis of cyber risk challenges facing the apartment industry and a clear roadmap on how to implement related best practices. The white paper is entitled “Multifamily and Cybersecurity: The Threat Landscape and Best Practices.”

NAA/NMHC Applaud Members of Congress for Swift Passage of Vital Federal Housing Reforms - NAA/NMHC have issued a statement on the U.S. House and Senate's swift passage of "The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act," which maximizes the impact of taxpayer dollars and eliminates inefficiencies in critical federal housing programs.

Congress Takes Action on Harmful Employment Rules - Congress has taken action on two harmful employment rules that NAA/NMHC have fought vigorously to overturn. The House Appropriations Committee passed funding legislation that prevents implemention of the controversial overtime final rule and enforcement or investigation of the joint employer ruling.

NAA Board Adopts Policy on Energy Efficiency Benchmarking - The NAA Board of Directors has approved a statement of policy on energy efficiency benchmarking requirements for apartments. Benchmarking is an emerging standard practice; however, the issue still represents significant operational challenges as more localities seek to mandate these requirements.

Cantwell, Hatch and Wyden Introduce Affordable Housing Bill - Senators Maria Cantwell and Orrin Hatch have introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016. The comprehensive bill expands and strengthens the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

Senate Wades into Home Sharing Debate - Three Senate Democrats have called upon the FTC to study and report on the commercial use of short-term home sharing platforms like Airbnb and FlipKey.

Industry Urges Swift Approval of Federal Housing Reform Bill - With only a few weeks left before Congress adjourns, NAA/NMHC joined industry colleagues to push federal housing reform legislation over the finish line.

Policy Resources:

2016 NAA and NMHC Policy Priorities

2015 NAA and NMHC Accomplishments

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