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.

Update: Colorado Supreme Court Holds CARES Act Notice to Vacate Still in Effect

By Ayiesha Beverly | | Updated

Update (5/16/2023) On May 15, 2023, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled the CARES Act 30-day notice to vacate requirement is still in effect for covered properties. The Court ruled that the "Notice Provision [of section 9058 of the CARES Act] did not include an expiration date" and that the Court…

President Biden Submits FY2024 Budget

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Earlier this month, President Biden submitted his budget requests for FY2024, which outlines his administration’s priorities and recommendations for the next fiscal year. Below are a few highlights relevant to the rental housing industry. The goals of the President’s proposed budget are to: Expand…

HUD Restores Obama-Era Disparate Impact Rule

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On March 17, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it submitted its Final Rule entitled Restoring HUD’s Discriminatory Effects Standard for publication in the Federal Register; it will go into effect 30 days after publication. As its name suggests, the Final…

HUD Releases Best Practices as White House Cracks Down on Junk Fees

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is releasing best practices related to application fees and leasing costs. In the open letter, Secretary Marcia Fudge urged housing providers and companies that provide leasing services to adopt policies that promote fairness and…

NAA, NMHC Testify on Tax Policy

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On Mar. 7, 2023, Sharon Wilson Géno, President of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) testified on behalf of the National Apartment Association (NAA) and NMHC before the Senate Finance Committee. The hearing, titled “Tax Policy’s Role in Increasing Affordable Housing Supply for Working…

Rent Control Marches Onward in 2023

By Ben Harrold | | Updated

Despite its long and destructive track record, the National Apartment Association (NAA) has found that rent control remains a hot topic. NAA is tracking over 60 rent control-related bills in state legislatures and our conversations tracker has shown that policymakers have referenced rent control…

Agencies Seek Public Comment on Resident Screening

By Joe Riter | | Updated

Honoring their commitment to the White House Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have issued a joint Request for Information (RFI) seeking “to identify practices that unfairly prevent applicants and tenants from…

The Minute Advocate - February 2023

By Greg Brown | | Updated

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Boston Considers Rent Control – Take Two

By Ben Harrold | | Updated

On February 13, 2023, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu sent a home rule petition to the City Council urging their approval of her plan “Authorizing the City of Boston to Implement Rent Stabilization and Tenant Eviction Protections.” The City Council held an initial hearing on February 22. The Plan Mayor…

Renters Bill of Rights State and Local Update

By Joe Riter | | Updated

As state legislatures and local governments got to work on 2023 initiatives, housing concerns returned to the forefront of policy conversations around the country. Advocates and progressive lawmakers continue to push renters bill of rights proposals to solve, in their perspective, a power imbalance…