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, we partner 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

House Passes Estate Tax Repeal, but Senate Action Doubtful - The House passed a bill on April 16 that would repeal the estate tax. The legislation is primarily designed as a way for House Republicans to express their support for the elimination of the estate tax.

House Bill Would Send EPA Water Rule Back to the Drawing Board - A House Committee has passed a bill  that directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their controversial water rule.

Grassroots Effort to Save Census Funding Needs You -- Funding for the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey is in jeopardy. NAA/NMHC along with a broad coalition continue to urge Congress to fund this important survey. Please send your own letter, or use our letter, to show your support.

EPA Extends Lead Recertification Deadline for Workers - The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will extend recertification deadlines for workers involved in activities that disturb lead-based paint on pre-1978 residential properties.

Have a Voice: LEED Rating Coming for Existing Apartments - The U.S. Green Building Council is developing a LEED Operations and Maintenance rating for existing apartment projects with 20 or more units. Fannie Mae will host an online working session for multifamily practitioners on the proposed rating.

Industry Makes Tax Reform Proposal Top of Mind - NAA/NMHC submitted the apartment industry’s recommendations on tax reform to the Senate Finance Committee on April 7.  We proposed that Congress consider, but also look well beyond, lowering statutory tax rates to focus on the ability of a reformed tax code to efficiently allocate capital and drive job-creating business investment.

HUD Seeks Housing Input on Violence Against Women Act - Proposed rule asks for feedback on housing provisions. 

President Obama Vetoes “Ambush” Election Rule - President Obama has vetoed legislation passed recently by the House and Senate that would have overturned the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush” election rule. The NLRB’s rule would have shortened it to as few as 14 days.

Senate Approves Energy Boost - The Senate has passed the "Energy-Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015" just before Congress adjourned for a two-week recess. The bill includes the Tenant Star provision that would enable residential and commercial buildings to achieve an Energy Star rating.

Congress Pushes Forward on Data Breach - Congress took its first official action on March 25 to address data breaches when a House subcommittee marked up the “Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015.”

House Lifts Section 8 Administrative Burdens – The House has approved the “Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015,” which would streamline the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based programs. The legislation would significantly reduce administrative burdens.

Ever Wonder How Subsidized Rents are Set?  - A new NAA/NMHC briefing entitled “How Subsidized Rents are Set” outlines the purposes and methodologies for Area Media Income Limits and Fair Market Rents. Both serve as the benchmarks for HUD subsidy programs that set rent payments for assisted residents.

Policy Resources:

Apartment Industry's 2015 Policy Agenda - NAA and NMHC's top priorities for Capitol Hill in 2015 include reforming the nation's tax code and fixing the housing finance system. View our complete list of legislative and regulatory issues.

Upcoming Webinar:

Learn About HUD REAC Inspections - Join NAA and the Affordable Housing Committee for a free webinar on April 29 at 2 p.m. ET. Presenters will explain the HUD REAC Inspection process and share their experiences and tips on how to get top scores. Questions? Contact Carly Simpson.

Apartment Industry News:

For the latest in apartment industry policy and advocacy news, read the Apartment Advocate, NAA Government Affairs' flagship publication.