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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

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.

Congress Inches Closer to a Federal Government Funding Agreement - With funding for federal operations set to expire on Sept. 30, leaders in the House and Senate are scrambling to reach an agreement to prevent yet another government shutdown.

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.

House Bill Raises Concerns about Future of EB-5 Investor Visa Program – Legislation has been introduced in the House that focuses on EB-5 Investor Visa Program reforms, including measures that would raise investment minimums, help prevent fraud and extend the program another five years.

NAA/NMHC Urge Presidential Candidates to Preserve 1031 Exchange for Real Estate - NAA/NMHC have joined the real estate industry in urging presidential candidate Donald Trump to preserve current-law like-kind exchange rules. There are concerns that policymakers may repeal the so-called 1031 rules to raise revenues.

HUD Makes No Changes to Methodology for Calculating Fair Market Rents - HUD has announced the FY 2017 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), noting that no changes will be made from the current FY 2016 methodology for calculating them. FMRs are used to establish maximum allowable rents the government will pay to a private apartment owner who rents to a family with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.

Apartment Industry Urges Clinton Campaign to Preserve Like-Kind Exchanges - NAA/NMHC have joined the real estate industry in urging presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to preserve current-law like-kind exchange rules. There are concerns that policymakers may repeal the so-called 1031 rules to raise revenues to offset the cost of other tax or spending proposals.

IRS Estate Tax Regs Take Aim at Family-Owned Businesses - The Treasury Department has proposed regulations regarding the valuation of interests in family-owned businesses for estate and gift tax purposes.

FAA Commercial Drone Regulations Cleared for Take Off - New FAA regulations governing the commercial use of drones went into effect on August 29 and cover small unmanned aircraft systems (small UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds that are being flown for commercial purposes. These regulations provide apartment firms with clarity on drone use and relax previous requirements for UAS operators.

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.

Policy Resources:

2016 NAA and NMHC Policy Priorities

2015 NAA and NMHC Accomplishments

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