Apartment Advocate

NAA Government Affairs’ bi-monthly publication combines all aspects of apartment industry advocacy into one go-to resource. The Apartment Advocate highlights key developments and viewpoints in industry public policy at all levels of government, and helps NAA members explore advocacy pathways.

NAA Responds to FTC’s Proposed Fees Rule

By Joe Riter | | Updated

During the past month, the National Apartment Association (NAA) led the real estate industry’s response to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) notice of proposed rulemaking to regulate “unfair and deceptive fees," which targets alleged "junk fees" in rental housing transactions. NAA submitted…

CFPB Guidance Positively Impacts Screening Practices

By Joe Riter and Isabella Wilson | | Updated

In early 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two advisory opinions that empower consumers to address inaccuracies in resident screening reports more directly with consumer reporting agencies, ultimately increasing the accuracy of information housing providers use in…

HUD Proposal Could Limit Voucher Eligibility

By Ben Harrold | | Updated

On January 10, 2024, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a notice with the intent to change the way income limits for Section 8 and various other programs are calculated. The National Apartment Association (NAA) and our real estate coalition partners provided…

Rental Housing Industry Continues to Support Newcomers

By Greg Brown | | Updated

In 2022, the National Apartment Association (NAA) joined an effort by the federal government and national nonprofits like Catholic World Services and others to help in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. The need was great as thousands fled that country following the United States…

SCOTUS Declines to Hear All New York Rent Control Cases

By Ayiesha Beverly | | Updated

On February 20, 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) denied petitions for writs of certiorari in 74 Pinehurst LLC, et al. v. New York and 335-7 LLC, et al. v. New York. In a statement written by Justice Thomas respecting the Court’s denials, he noted "[t]he petitioners’ complaints…

Senate Bill Introduced to End Federal CARES Act Notice to Vacate

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On February 7, 2024, Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) introduced S. 3755, the Respect State Housing Laws Act, in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would end the CARES Act’s federal notice to vacate requirement for federally-backed and federally-assisted housing, a…

NAA Leads Industry Response on Pre-Eviction Notice Rulemaking

By Joe Riter | | Updated

Over the past month, the National Apartment Association (NAA) led the real estate industry’s response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) notice of proposed rulemaking that would require public housing agencies (PHAs) and owners of properties receiving project-based…

States and Cities Divided Over Section 8 Mandates

By Ben Harrold | | Updated

As predicted in our outlook for 2024, source of income laws are once again the topic of debate in state legislatures and city councils. These policies require housing providers to accept Section 8 housing choice vouchers by adding “source of income” as a protected class in fair housing laws.…

NAA Political Affairs Update - February 2024

By NAA Political Affairs | | Updated

Housing Affordability Program: Victory in Maryland The passage of rent control legislation in neighboring counties spurred advocates in Howard County, Maryland to introduce bills to implement rent control (CB 44-2023) and expand the right of first refusal (CB 43-2023). The legislation, introduced…

Court Rules Against Los Angeles County Eviction Notice Requirement

By Ayiesha Beverly | | Updated

Background On April 11, 2023, the California Apartment Association (CAA) filed a lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles challenging their “Covid-19 Tenant Protections Resolution” (the Resolution). Specifically, CAA challenged the Resolution’s provision that requires housing providers in the…