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.

What’s All This Talk About Revenue Management and Antitrust Violations?

November, 2022 | Updated November, 2022

Recently, the courts, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal policymakers have taken an interest in the rental housing industry’s use of revenue management tools. Considering this increased scrutiny of the industry, it is important to understand how antitrust laws come into play. …

Updated - NAA’s Midterm Election Digest

November, 2022 | Updated November, 2022

On or before Tuesday, November 8, 2022, voters from across the country cast ballots in this year’s pivotal midterm election. The outcomes of this election have determined the control of Congress for the remainder of President Joe Biden’s term. Here are the election’s key takeaways as of the…

NAA Represents Industry at White House Meeting

November, 2022 | Updated November, 2022

The National Apartment Association (NAA) represented the rental housing industry in a recent meeting with White House and agency officials charged with carrying out President Biden’s housing agenda, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and…

Michigan Supreme Court Weighs Permanent Eviction Protections

By Ben Harrold and Mark Russell | November, 2022 | Updated November, 2022

The Michigan Supreme Court is considering statewide court rule changes that would make certain temporary COVID-era eviction protections permanent. The Property Management Association of Michigan (PMAM) has been steadfast in its advocacy to oppose the adoption of these changes, which could have…

Rent Control Ballot Question Halted in Orange County, Florida

October, 2022 | Updated November, 2022

On October 27, 2022, the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeals halted Orange County’s rent control ballot question, overturning a previous district court decision made last month. Overview In August, Orange County commissioners voted to place a rent control question on this election cycle’s…

Renter Voter Turnout Increasing

October, 2022 | Updated November, 2022

Renters are closing the gap with homeowners regarding voter turnout. The midterm elections are next week, and Apartment List reviewed voting habits between the two cohorts. While the gap between homeowners and renters has been larger in midterm elections, presidential election years have also…

Chamber of Commerce, Banking Associations Seek to Limit Unlawful Regulatory Overreach

By Brittany Wood | October, 2022 | Updated October, 2022

The United States Chamber of Commerce, along with other banking and business associations, filed a federal lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) in late September 2022. The lawsuit primarily challenges the CFPB’s March 2022 update to its Supervision and Examination Manual…

New Jersey Resident Screening Bill Would Seal Eviction Records

By Ben Harrold | October, 2022 | Updated October, 2022

A New Jersey bill aims to seal court actions between housing providers and residents, as well as prevent housing providers from evaluating eviction or rental history in the screening process. S1665 would create a complicated process of keeping all eviction court records, including the filings,…

HUD Urges Housing Providers Not to Use Criminal Records in Screening

By Nicole Upano | October, 2022 | Updated October, 2022

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a memorandum to HUD-funded organizations that perform testing and investigate potential fair housing violations (also known as “FHIPs”) and HUD-funded government agencies that adjudicate fair housing complaints (also known as “…

Rent Control Fight Reaches New Mexico

By Ben Harrold | October, 2022 | Updated October, 2022

An advocacy group in Albuquerque, N.M, is pushing to control rents in their city. However, because New Mexico prohibits local jurisdictions from adopting rent control, their attention is currently focused on removing barriers in state law. A 2019 study funded by the City of Albuquerque found that…