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Dramatic Shift in Housing Policy and Section 8 Renewal Guide Concerns


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June 2, 2014
On the Hill 
FHFA Director Watt Outlines Dramatic Shift in StrategyMel Watt has made his first major remarks as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) where he outlined a dramatic shift in housing policy strategy. Specifically, he emphasized that the agency will make changes that would allow banks to offer credit to a wider range of borrowers … director watt

Real Estate Industry Details Section 8 Renewal Guide ConcernsThe real estate industry has submitted comments to HUD expressing concerns with changes related to how property rents are set in HUD’s Section 8 Renewal Guide Proposal.  The changes would set subsidy limits that do not reflect market conditions, are based on outdated information, and are not adjusted for current economic realities ...

Around the Nation

Mayor Approves Boston Energy Mandate Delay; No Fines for First Year -- Mayor Martin Walsh has approved a 120-day delay for implementing the city’s Energy Scoring Ordinance.  The delay also reprieves building owners from enforcement and penalties during the first year …

Maryland Enacts “Breed-Neutral” Dog Liability Laws -- For the past two years, Maryland rental housing providers have worked with dog advocates to change the rules in assigning proper liability in a pit bull attack. To address both public safety and business concerns, state legislators recently passed two bills that seek to establish rational, breed-neutral standards for dog liability …

Advocacy Connections

Plan Your Apartment Tour Now When Congress Is Home in August -- One of the best ways to strengthen the apartment industry’s voice on Capitol Hill is through educating and building relationships with members of Congress. And one of the easiest ways to do that is by having them tour one of your apartment communities. Make plans now for a tour while your members of Congress are in recess from Aug. 2 through Sept. 7. Learn more about how to get involved in grassroots advocacy.

What Do Members of Congress Do When in Their Districts? -- "Approximately how often does your Member personally participate in specific events/activities when in the district?" Find out the results of the Congressional Management Foundation’s most recent survey of House District Directors ...

In This Edition...

• FHFA Housing Policy
• Section 8 Renewal Guide
• Boston Energy Mandate
• Md. Dog Liability Laws
• Advocacy Resources
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Should apartment owners turn all properties into smoke-free units to avoid contradicting federal law? Case in point: A law going into effect Nov. 1 in Hawaii makes it illegal for a rental property owner to evict a resident for smoking medical marijuana unless the rental agreement allows for eviction for any kind of smoking, including tobacco. Answer now. Results will be announced in the next edition.

Results of the last poll:
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?

Very Important: 86%

Somewhat Important: 14% 

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