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.

Section 8 Bill Introduced in Senate

By Maria Spencer | January, 2023 | Updated January, 2023

On January 25, 2023, Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reintroduced the Choice in Affordable Housing Act, bipartisan legislation that seeks to revitalize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. Their bill, which was…

NAA Update on HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

By Cedric Watkins | January, 2023 | Updated February, 2023

On January 19, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register that aims to bolster the mechanisms that allow the agency to enforce the Fair Housing Act’s longstanding requirement to “affirmatively further fair…

White House Renters Bill of Rights’ Principles & Agency Actions

By Ben Harrold | January, 2023 | Updated February, 2023

On January 25, the White House announced a number of actions to advance President Biden’s housing agenda, which are intended to protect renters and promote rental affordability. Key actions include: Unveiling “Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights,” which lays out five principles that President…

Wichita’s New Policy Shows Promise for Voucher Program

By Ben Harrold | January, 2023 | Updated January, 2023

A new policy in Wichita, Kansas provides incentive payments for rental property owners who participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.  The initiative, known as the Wichita Housing Authority Landlord Incentive Program (WHALIP) started earlier this year. It provides support to…

Rent Control Update: Boston, Connecticut and Montana

By Ben Harrold | January, 2023 | Updated February, 2023

Maryland is not the only place considering rent control legislation as the new year begins. Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts are both seeing advocate efforts to enact the policy. Fortunately, new legal thought in Montana may mean that the state has already preempted local jurisdictions from…

NAA Update on the Biden Administration's "Renters Bill of Rights"

January, 2023 | Updated January, 2023

On January 24, 2022, the National Apartment Association (NAA) participated in a White House call previewing the Administration’s blueprint for advancing a “Renters Bill of Rights,” an explicit campaign promise from President Biden. This call followed months of engagement between NAA and the White…

New Year, New Rent Control Proposals

By Ben Harrold | January, 2023 | Updated January, 2023

Rent control fights will be returning in 2023 and the opening salvo may take place in Maryland; local leaders in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties are considering up to a five percent cap on rent increases. In Prince George’s County, lawmakers have proposed a temporary cap of annual rent…

Lawsuit Filed Against Pasadena Rent Control Law

January, 2023 | Updated January, 2023

OVERVIEW On December 16, 2022, the California Apartment Association (CAA) filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles asking for declaratory and injunctive relief against the City of Pasadena’s new rent control law (Measure H).  Measure H enacts a 75%…

EPA Expands Water Protections

By Zach Quimby | January, 2023 | Updated January, 2023

On December 30, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule expanding and redefining what “waters of the United States” means under the Clean Water Act. “The final rule restores essential water protections that were in place prior to 2015 under the Clean Water Act for…

Omnibus Federal Funding Bill Mixed Bag for Rental Housing Industry

December, 2022 | Updated December, 2022

On Friday, December 23, 2022, Congress passed a $1.7 trillion fiscal 2023 government funding package (the Omnibus). The National Apartment Association (NAA) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) achieved several victories in this legislation, but as often happens with massive spending…