AANC E-Notes: 2023 3rd Quarter Issue
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Dear AANC Members,
I have been privileged to work with wonderful volunteers, the local affiliates and the AANC staff that kept AANC healthy and successful even during COVID years. After five years, I am leaving AANC and moving to Brussels, Belgium to serve as Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America’s Transatlantic Council, an organization that I belonged to as a youth and volunteered for as an adult leader for decades.
AANC is a healthy, effective and strong organization with leaders determined to make it even more successful in the years ahead. Their commitment and devotion to the industry will bode well. Thank you for entrusting me with your organization and for making AANC such a wonderful and enjoyable place to work. Please welcome and support my successor Jon Lowder, who is no stranger to the industry. He will continue to guide your association successfully. Wishing you all the best with many happy returns!
Warmest of Wishes,
AANC Executive Director (2018-2023)
AANC'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: JON LOWDER
We are excited to announce Jon Lowder has been appointed our new Executive Director, effective September 5, 2023. Lowder is a results-driven leader with 25 years of experience in organizational development, marketing, business development, communications, and community building. His career highlights include rebuilding a local trade association and leading it to award-winning national recognition for communications and community service programs, establishing and growing a successful online division for a healthcare publisher, founding, and growing an innovative marketing company, and recognizing early the potential for social media to build customer relationships.
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Fees, but are they Junk?
By: Brownlee Whitlow & Praet, PLLC
As many of you are aware the White House has taken a stand against what it perceives to be “junk” fees through its Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights that was released in January 2023, as well as various other means.
What is a “junk fee”?
Essentially “junk fees” are any fees that the White House believes are unnecessary and/or not clearly disclosed to the consumer. In the Blueprint the White House referred to “hidden or illegal fees” but did not target any specific fees it found objectionable. Fees that have been discussed as unnecessary are a portion or all application fees, any third-party fees that share revenue with the housing provider, and any fee not clearly explained to the applicant or resident. The rental housing industry is not the only target for the Biden administration as they have focused on a broad variety of industries including hotels, banks, airlines, credit card companies, cable and internet providers, and fees including late fees, bounced check fees, resort fees, etc.
The North Carolina General Assembly remains in session, working to tackle one of this year’s main priorities for legislators – crafting the state budget. This year, the House began the budget process, with House lawmakers unveiling their version of what North Carolina’s 2023-2025 budget may look like first. The House passed their version of the budget bill, HB 259: 2023 Appropriations Act, on April 6 by a 78-38 vote. The Senate then released their version of the budget, passing it on May 18 by a 37-12 vote.
Since May, House and Senate lawmakers have been negotiating the differences between the two versions of the budget, ultimately working towards an agreement that will be voted on by both chambers before being sent to the Governor for his consideration. Legislative leadership has indicated that final budget documents will be reviewed during the first week of September with votes on the final version of the budget expected to take place the week of September 11.
AANC’s endorsed legislation, HB 551: Landlord-Tenant and HOA Changes was filed by Representatives John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg), Jon Hardister (R-Guilford), and Kyle Hall (R-Stokes). On April 27, HB 551 passed out of the House chamber by a final, bipartisan, veto-proof 87-26 vote and address several of AANC’s legislative agenda items, including:
- Prohibits counties and cities from adopting source of income ordinances or resolutions.
- Clarifies that there must be a bona fide provider-patient relationship for a health service professional to provide written verification for a person with a disability-related need for the use of a service or support animal.
- Clarifies that late fees for past due rent can be charged if the rent is five or more calendar days past due.
- Lifts the 15% cap on attorney’s fees for summary ejectment appeals cases in which the landlord wins the appeal.
While HB 551 has not yet been taken up the Senate, since the bill passed its originating chamber before the legislature’s crossover deadline, our bill remains eligible for the rest of session this year and for the 2024 short session.
Throughout the course of the legislative session, AANC has continued to track bills moving through the committee process that are of interest or could have a positive or negative impact on the multifamily rental housing industry. Of note, this includes HB 595: Rental Inspections introduced by Representative Bill Ward (R-Pasquotank) and heard in the August 16 meeting of the House Regulatory Reform Committee. Through AANC’s coordinated opposition working with our House champions and other stakeholders, HB 595 was for discussion only and the committee did not vote on the bill.
The version of the bill heard in committee would:
- Allow local governments to require an owner or manager of residential rental property to register the property with the local government and obtain a permit to lease or rent the property if the owner or manager has three or more verified violations in a rolling 30-day period.
- Allow local governments the authority to levy a fee for residential rental property registration for properties with:
- Three verified violations within the previous 12 months.
- Two of the same violations within the previous six months.
- Properties identified as being within the top 10% of properties with crime or disorder problems.
- Set the registration fee to no more than 30% of the total rent collected on the property during which the verified violations occurred.
In addition to HB 595, bills that AANC has continued to monitor throughout the legislative session include:
- HB 252: Multijurisdictional Property – An act to establish jurisdiction for planning and development regulations for land that lies within the jurisdiction of more than one local government. Referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations on April 3.
- HB 332/ SB 275: Streamline Comm./Multifam. Bldg. Plan Review. – An act to expedite the approval of sealed commercial and multi-family building plans by local governments. Referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations on May 3.
- HB 409/ SB 374: Regulation of Accessory Dwelling Units – An act to increase affordable housing by allowing for the construction or siting of accessory dwelling units, or ADUs. Referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations on April 26.
- HB 422/ SB 344: Unfair Real Estate Agreements Act – An act to prohibit unfair real estate service agreements for residential real estate and outlines what constitutes an unfair real estate service agreement. Passed by the legislature and sent to the Governor on August 17.
- HB 488/ SB 378: Code Council Reorg. And Var. Code Amend. – An act to reorganize the Building Code Council and create the Residential Code Council and to amend various provisions of the North Carolina State Building Code and land development regulations. The legislature overrode the Governor’s July 7 veto of the bill, allowing it to become law on August 16.
- HB 537: Workforce Housing Act – An act to address critical housing needs by decreasing regulatory burdens on certain development, enhancing financing options for first-time homebuyers and veterans, and providing additional ongoing funding to support workforce housing units in North Carolina. Referred to the House Committee on Local Government on April 25.
The AANC PAC continues to have its biggest year yet – raising over $33,000 of its $75,000 biennial goal so far this year. The PAC Board of Directors will be meeting this fall to begin planning for its next fundraiser. Stay tuned for more details on how you can get involved.
If you would like to support the AANC PAC by displaying the QR code at your next affiliate event, please contact Kristin Goins for more information at email@example.com.
The Multifamily Housing Coalition of North Carolina is an independent expenditure political committee designed to support AANC’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts through individual and corporate contributions.
Contributions do not support individual candidate campaigns like the PAC, and instead are used to expand the AANC's reach, educate legislators, and raise public awareness to the challenges facing the multifamily housing industry.
Interested in serving on the Board of Trustees or giving to the Coalition? Contact Susan Passmore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NAA Update from Susan Passmore
New this year, Cultivate is an annual NAA event for senior leadership that focuses on solving industry challenges amongst peers and leaders in a retreat-style experience. The event is September 27th and 28th in Tucson, Arizona. Registration is limited so check it out today!
NAA recently introduced its new Maintenance Legends program recognizing maintenance team members who have gone above and beyond in their service. Check out the website and consider nominating one of your outstanding team members. With monthly prizes valued up to $5,000, educational grants, a shot at grand prize and more sponsored by HD Supply, show your maintenance staff your appreciation by sharing their legendary stories. Tell us about your Maintenance Legends!
NAA’s Monthly Advocacy & Legal Updates is an NAA member and affiliate exclusive web series for partners yearning to uncover industry legal news and policy changes, sometimes straight from D.C. The call is the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3:30PM. If you'd like to register, please reach out to Nicole Upano at NAA.
If you are interested in serving on an NAA committee next year, express your interest today by visiting the NAA/NAA Education Institute (NAAEI) Volunteer application (you must be logged in to the NAA website). To volunteer, please fill out the application by September 8, 2023.
And finally, since we are in the middle of budget season, don’t forget about NAA’s Income and Expense IQ report. It’s a great tool for benchmarking your performance and will help you make informed financial decisions. Start prepping for budget season
UPCOMING 2023 NAA EVENTS
Triangle Apartment Association (TAA)
For some of our members, summers are fun and enjoyable, and for others, it is their busiest season! At TAA, we advocate finding a healthy balance between truly relishing the summer spirit and focusing on the work at hand as we continue to move through the year.
The Special Events Committee wrapped up their 2023 summer season with the last After Work Networking event of the year at Carolina Ale House on July 18 with a Summer Camp theme. Over 175 members gathered for an evening of appetizers, refreshing drinks, and the chance to win incredible prizes. The event buzzed with networking opportunities, showcasing its enduring popularity. The XCEL committee once again collaborated in this social event, offering members professional headshots in exchange for a donation to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. They raised $970, which the Food Bank matched for a total of $1,940, or the equivalent of 9,700 meals.
Our Government Affairs Department has been actively engaging with legal representatives in Durham to address concerns related to evictions and with the Morrisville Town Council regarding their proposed legislation on Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging. TAA-PAC had a packed house in attendance for the 2nd Quarter Breakfast, which featured Congresswoman Deborah Ross as the keynote. In August, the TAA-PAC Board of Trustees will assemble to initiate the process of endorsing candidates for the upcoming municipal elections. And lastly, as the quarter ends, TAA-PAC will be hosting their 3rd Quarter Breakfast on September 22 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh with special guest North Carolina Treasurer and Republican Candidate for Governor, Dale Folwell.
We hosted the Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) credential program with 18 attendees in August. And we were thrilled to donate $3,000 to the Alexandra Jackiw Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship as a thank you to our Instructor, Alex Jackiw. The Education Department is now gearing up for an education-packed September. Our Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) credential program begins on September 6. Not much later, on September 21, our popular Legal Issues course returns to the calendar, followed by the intriguing Getting to "I Do" Again and Again course on September 26.