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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

Trump Tax Returns Spark Scrutiny - The revelation that Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump carried forward over $900 million in tax losses has sparked many to scrutinize tax provisions used across numerous business sectors, including real estate.

FTC Drives Patent Reform to Stop Trolls - The Federal Trade Commission has issued a long-awaited study of interest to the apartment housing industry entitled “Patent Assertion Entity Activity.” The data confirms that patent assertion entities, so-called “Patent Trolls,” abuse the litigation system and drain critical resources from American businesses.

Americans with Disabilities Act Reform Gains More Traction - NAA/NMHC-supported reform of the Americans with Disabilities Act has gained more traction in Congress. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced a Senate companion measure to a House bill focused on amending the ADA to deter costly, frivolous lawsuits against property owners while still upholding the Act’s vital objectives.

HUD Flips Switch on Utility Benchmarking for Assisted Properties - HUD has announced a proposal that would require apartment housing owners of certain HUD-financed properties and Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to submit information on energy and water consumption that would be used for benchmarking their portfolio of properties.

Bipartisan Duo Lays Flood Insurance Reform Groundwork - As Congress looks toward next year and the looming September 2017 expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program, a bipartisan duo in the House has put forth legislation that would eliminate a major cost driver of the program.

EB-5 Program Extension Included in Short-Term Federal Spending Bill - Before heading out for a six-week break, the House and Senate approved, and President Obama quickly signed, a short-term Federal Government funding bill on Sept. 29 that contains an extension for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program.

NAA/NMHC Support Overtime Rule Relief - The House passed the “Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act” on Sept. 28, which would delay until June 1, 2017 the effective date for the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule.

Industry Coalition Responds to Project-Based Section 8 Conversion Debate - NAA/NMHC recently joined with a real estate industry coalition in expressing reservations about converting project-based Section 8 subsidies to tenant-based vouchers.

HUD Harassment, Domestic Violence and Limited English Proficiency Notices Issued - Several notices of importance related to the Fair Housing Act were issued recently by HUD, covering new protections for victims of harassment, survivors of domestic violence and guidance for people with Limited English Proficiency.

Congress Asks for Details on HUD’s Criminal Screening Guidance - Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) along with 14 other congressional members sent a letter to HUD Secretary Julián Castro on Sept. 23 requesting more details on the department’s fair housing guidance on criminal screenings.

Apartment Industry Applauds Administration’s Call to Remove Local Barriers - NAA/NMHC have issued a statement following the Obama Administration’s release of a Housing Development Toolkit to encourage local governments to remove barriers to the development of apartment homes and increase overall housing affordability.

Industry Applauds Introduction of Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit - In a tremendous victory for NAA/NMHC, legislation has been introduced in the Senate to spur the production of multifamily rental homes for America’s working families through a Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit that complements the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.

Capitol Hill Buzzes as Committees Keep Busy on Housing - As work in Washington wound down for the election, congressional committees in both the House and Senate held hearings on affordable housing and a range of other related issues that impact multifamily.

Register Now: NAA Emotional Support Animal Webinar - A members-only webinar, "What the What? How to Approach Emotional Support Animal Requests," will take place on Thursday, October 13 at 3 p.m. ET. During this webinar, learn about the basics of the law as well as an NAA member’s practical experience (member login required). 

Lawsuit Filed by 21 States Challenges President Obama’s Overtime Rule - Officials from 21 states and a coalition of business groups have filed a pair of lawsuits challenging the Obama Administration's final overtime rule. The dual lawsuits contend that the Labor Department exceeded its authority.

Register Now: Webinar on New Federal Overtime Rules and the Apartment Industry - Please register for a members-only webinar on the overtime rules on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. ET (member login required).

Judge Rejects “Full Licensing” for Music But Consent Decrees Still Stand -  A federal judge has ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice in favor of BMI, one of the largest performing rights organizations  that administers music licenses. The judge's ruling counters DOJ’s recent announcement that full-work licensing is required under the decree.

Policy Resources:

2016 NAA and NMHC Policy Priorities

2015 NAA and NMHC Accomplishments

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