WASHINGTON – April 25, 2013 - Tax reform must be comprehensive and take special care not to harm the thousands of businesses involved in multifamily real estate nor the 35 million Americans who call an apartment home. This was the focus of testimony by the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) before the House Committee on Ways and Means today.
Representing NMHC and NAA, Thomas Moran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Moran & Company, testified on the need to meet the housing needs of what the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies research suggests is up to seven million new renter households this decade.
“Like many other small businesses, the apartment industry has a considerable stake in tax reform. In addition, we provide homes for millions of Americans covering the entire socioeconomic spectrum," said Moran. "An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 units a year must be built to meet expected demand; yet just 158,000 apartments were delivered in 2012 – not enough to even replace the units lost every year to demolition and obselecense.
To meet the ongoing demand for rental housing, the apartment industry asks Congress to:
“The apartment industry builds vibrant communities by offering housing choice, supporting local small businesses, creating millions of jobs and contributing to the fabric of communities across the country. In fact, apartment homes and our 35 million residents contribute $1.1 trillion annually to the economy and help support nearly 26 million jobs,” Moran added.
The full NMHC/NAA testimony is available online.
For more than 20 years, the National Apartment Association (NAA) and the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) have partnered on behalf of America’s apartment industry. Drawing on the knowledge and policy expertise of staff in Washington, D.C., as well as the advocacy power of 170 NAA state and local affiliated associations, NAA and NMHC provide a single voice for developers, owners and operators of multifamily rental housing. Apartments and their 35 million residents support more than 25 million jobs and contribute $1.1 trillion to the economy. To learn more about apartments, visit www.weareapartments.org.