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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

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)

“Lame Duck” Congress Still Faces Critical Votes - As the results of the election become clear, the lame duck session will continue to be an important period. With a Trump administration and bicameral control of Congress by Republicans on the horizon, it’s very unlikely that any significant proposal will move during the lame duck, but a few dates and issues remain important. (Nov. 11, 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

2015 NAA and NMHC Accomplishments

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