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.

Congress Avoids Shutdown, Unveils Bipartisan Tax Package

By Greg Brown and Maria Spencer | | Updated

On January 18, 2024, the U.S. House and Senate passed a temporary extension of government funding until March to avoid a government shutdown. Additionally, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) unveiled a compromise tax…

New Reporting Requirement for Business Owners

By Joe Riter | | Updated

On January 1, 2024, the FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Reporting rule took effect and the agency’s filing portal went live. The BOI reporting rule will require nearly every business entity operating in the United States—including many in the rental housing industry—to register and…

HUD, PHA Officials Overview Inspections Changes

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The rollout of the U.S. Department and Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new inspection standards came in waves throughout 2023. The National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) replaces previous inspection requirements, including the Housing Quality Standards or…

FHFA Releases Report on Federalizing Landlord / Tenant Requirements

By Ben Harrold | | Updated

On January 3, 2024, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a report highlighting public comments they received regarding their Request for Input on Tenant Protections for Enterprise-Backed Multifamily Properties, where the Agency asked the public to comment on whether it should…

NAA Political Affairs Update - January 2024

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Expose the Influence You Have Under the Tip of NAA’s Relationship Iceberg  Successful advocacy depends on relationships. While NAA knows about dozens of influential relationships its members have with policymakers, we suspect we only know about the tip of the relationship iceberg. That’s why…

Industry Meets with FHFA as Agency Considers Rent Control

By Nicole Upano | | Updated

On December 20, 2023, industry leaders met with Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Sandra Thompson. The FHFA continues to engage with stakeholders as they consider whether additional landlord and tenant requirements should be imposed on enterprise-backed multifamily properties through…

NAA State and Local Rental Housing Policy Outlook - 2023 Year-in-Review

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NAA's 2023 year-in-review state and local rental housing policy outlook digests key policy trends from across the country. Read now

Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Picks Up in 2023

By Ben Harrold | | Updated

The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) has its roots in 1980 when Washington, D.C. became the first city to enact its onerous provisions. Now that decades of undersupply have been artificially inflating the cost of housing, local lawmakers have regained interest in adding new regulations…

Federal Advocacy Outlook: Washington Heads into 2024

By Greg Brown and Nicole Upano | | Updated

Undoubtedly, the past year featured record attention on rental housing policy at all levels of government, especially nationally. From the halls of Congress to numerous executive branch agencies, federal lawmakers are exploring high-stakes policies that could impact the rental housing industry—with…

NAA's Apartmentcast Offers Federal Regulatory and Legislative Update

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In NAA's newest episode of The Apartmentcast, we sit down with NAA’s AVP of Housing Policy & Regulatory Affairs Nicole Upano, and Jodie Anderson, Director, Federal Legislative Affairs for NAA, for an update on federal regulation and legislative affecting rental housing. For those…