Multifamily Florida - Spring 2010 - (Page 12)

FEATURE 2010 Capitol Conference By Bobby Davis, Staff Editor s in Florida, the U.S. Congress was consumed by bills that greatly superseded the interests of the apartment industry. In Washington, the health care reform bill consumed nearly all of everyone’s energy. We did not see crowds of protesters, but everyone’s mind focused on health care and other critical issues. Yet the Representatives and housing aides we met were polite, attentive and engaged as we discussed our key issues. The Capitol Conference is partly a regular NAA Assembly of Delegates meeting, with many committee meetings and social events, and partly an extended legislative briefing. We caught up with old friend and NAA Chairman Marc Rosenwasser, who spent as much time with the down home folks as he could. Jim Arbury and the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) subject experts provided a great deal of information about the big financial and regulatory issues affecting the apartment industry nationwide. Our members went to a host of meetings on specialty housing, the Education Conference, finance and budget, marketing and communications, association management and much more. FAA leaders are part of a national network. We benefit greatly from sharing information with leaders from other state and local apartment associations, who are fighting their own battles and often have valuable experience to share. In Colorado, the apartment association is fighting a new rent-control bill; while in North Carolina, in some cities, owners must evict residents with multiple police calls and leave the apartment vacant for 12 months. In Cumberland County, 12 l MultifamilyFLORIDA l SPRING 2010 A Chip Tatum, AAGO Govt. Affairs; Gregg Girard, Greystar; Marjorie Cook, FAA Executive Vice President; Rep. Bill Posey; Lori Trainer, Concord; James Cornell, Invisible Waste Svcs.; Ron Wenzel, Archon; and Carey Bradburn, Riverstone. NC, they are being charged a fee of $10 a unit because apartments incur more crime and fire calls than single-family households. Alabama apartment owners face new bedbug legislation and a rental agent’s license. Texas, like Florida, faces mandated fire alarm retrofits. Several states are making apartment owners add carbon monoxide detectors, although members feel this is worth doing because they are inexpensive and definitely save lives. The apartment industry faces a number of national issues, including the following: • NMHC reported that they are doing a nationwide handicapped accessibility study that they hope to use in favor of apartment owners in court cases. The Department of Justice, HUD and rights groups are pushing for tighter standards for slopes and • • • kitchen and bathroom spaces than is common in practice. Lead-based paint requirements for properties built before 1978 now have an April 22 cutoff for certification. If you pass the certification, you are free of any further LBP regulatory action. The federal Environmental Protection Agency wants to be informed if any of the state DEPs are too strict. The same test used by HUD in 1996 will be used again, along with the Chapter 7 standards in 2004. The IRS will audit 6,000 employers over three years to make sure that workers treated as independent contractors are not actually employees. The IRS wants to make sure that minimum wage and overtime laws are followed properly. In May, HUD will issue underwriting changes

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Spring 2010

Multifamily Florida - Spring 2010
Contents
FAA Calendar
President's Message
Legislative Update
FAA Legislative Days
NAA Capitol Conference
Market Report
In the News
Product/Service Council Directory
Index to Advertisers

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