Apartment Advocate: Senate Housing Finance Reform Bill Future Uncertain

 


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May 19, 2014
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On the Hill
HUD Fair Housing Criminal Background Check
HUD Fair Housing Meeting Seeks to Clarify Legitimate Rental Practices – NAA and NMHC members met recently with HUD to discuss multifamily industry concerns regarding the Discriminatory Effects Standard Final Rule. Concerns include potential liability for what have been considered legitimate business practices for criminal background checks …

Senate Housing Finance Reform Bill Future Uncertain – The Senate Banking Committee voted 13-9 to report the Johnson-Crapo Housing Finance Reform legislation out of committee and to the full Senate on May 15. However, several Republicans and Democrats remained opposed to the legislation …

Defense Authorization Bill Protects Core Military Housing Benefit – A key House subcommittee has rejected a Department of Defense proposal to cut back the Basic Allowance for Housing, which compensates service members for their housing costs. However, this is a preliminary achievement …

Around the Nation
U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Nebraska Immigration Case – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a Fremont, Neb., ban on renting apartments to undocumented immigrants. Various civil rights groups, including the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, sought to overturn the ban on the grounds that it violated federal immigration law ...
Hawaii Property Pot Field
Hawaii Property Owners Can’t Evict Medical Marijuana Smokers – Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) has signed into law a bill that makes it illegal for rental property owners to evict a resident for smoking medical marijuana. However, the bill does not usurp the right of a property owner to ban smoking on the property or within the unit …
Colorado City Considers Voter Registration Ordinance – The Westminster City Council gave preliminary approval to a controversial measure that would require property owners of rental properties to provide residents with voter registration information when they move in, or face a fine of up to $1,000 …
Advocacy Connections
Charlie Cook's Look Ahead: 2014 Midterm Elections and Beyond – Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report analyzes President Obama's second-term performance and forecasts the political environment for Congressional and gubernatorial elections in 2014 and beyond ...

In This Edition...
  • Fair Housing
  • Military Housing
  • Housing Finance
  • Immigration
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Advocacy Resources
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What Do You Think?
How important is it for members of the apartment industry to develop relationships with members of their local legislating body, such as a City Council? Answer now. Results will be announced in the next edition.

Results of the last poll: 1. Do you think apartment owners/managers should voluntarily provide voter registration forms to new residents upon move-in? Yes: 33%. No: 67%. 2. If you are in property management, do you provide voter registration forms to new residents? Yes: 5%. No: 95%.

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