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Government Affairs Digest - February 2020

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News from HQ

Only 14 Days until the Capitol Hill Fly-in!

If you haven’t scheduled your meetings for the Fly-in, it’s not too late! To learn more about scheduling meetings with your federal legislators, check out our short guide and the recording of our January 22  webinar, Capitol Hill Fly-in: Scheduling and Conducting Successful Meetings with Your Federal Legislators.

Once your meetings are scheduled, please submit your meeting details.

Fly-in information & registration

Today: Capitol Hill Fly-in: Issues to discuss with legislators and their staff

Tuesday, February 25th 1:00pm Central Time

Now that you've scheduled your legislative meetings for the Fly-in, what issues should you discuss? Attend this one-hour live webinar to hear an overview from IREM Staff on the important issues you should talk about with your legislators and what actions you would like them to take.

Attend this free live webinar and learn: 

  • Background information on the issues
  • Congressional actions to date 
  • IREM's position
  • What Congressional action is needed

Register today!

NAR Issues Report on Marijuana and Real Estate

Last week, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) published a report encapsulating the results of their membership survey, “Marijuana and Real Estate: A Budding Issue.” The report begins by recognizing that as marijuana intersects with real estate, the demand for both residential and commercial properties is growing. Commercial practitioners are finding increased demand for land, warehouses and storefronts for marijuana. Residential practitioners are navigating an environment where marijuana is being grown and consumed within rental properties.

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IREM Member Spotlight

HUD Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on Service and Emotional Support Animals

By Gwen Volk, CPM®

HUD's new notice regarding reasonable accommodation for assistance animals under the Fair Housing Act, while not resolving all of the issues we confront, does provide some meaningful guidance for housing providers. Within this 19-page document including 61 footnotes and numerous admonitions that specific circumstances will impact its implementation, HUD has weighed in on several important problem areas in a helpful way.

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Affordable Housing

Trump Administration FY 2021 Budget Proposes $8.6 Billion Cut to HUD, Eliminates CDFI Fund Grant Funding

National News

House Hearing Considers Roundtable-Supported Energy Efficiency Legislation
Commercial & Residential – Energy Efficiency

Cincinnati Passes Bill Giving Renters Alternatives to Security Deposits
Residential – Security Deposits

House Democrats Propose $760 Billion Infrastructure Framework as Ways and Means Committee Considers Pay-Fors
Commercial & Residential - Infrastructure

Tenant Protection Act Can Affect Landlords in Two Ways
Residential – Landlord/Tenant laws

Oakland Votes To Bar Landlords from Conducting Background Checks
Residential – Criminal background checks

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