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Government Affairs Digest - May 2020

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Webinar : Conducting successful meetings with your elected officials

IREM and the CCIM Institute government affairs teams are hosting an orientation Wednesday, May 27 at 12pm CST on effectively conducting a meeting with your federal, state, and local elected officials. This webinar will provide tips on setting up and conducting a meeting virtually and along with an overview on how to prepare for a successful meeting.

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COVID-19 Pulse Poll

The last few months have tested us all in ways we couldn't imagine – IREM would like to understand what you may have experienced and what concerns or challenges you may foresee moving forward. Take this brief pulse poll (should take less than two minutes!) to share your experiences with IREM.

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America’s Recovery Fund

IREM is a part of America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, which is advocating for federal grants to help businesses cover some of their operational expenses. America’s Recovery Fund provides funding to help America’s businesses to retain and rehire staff, pay rent, adapt to new requirements, meet certain debt obligations, and pay state and local taxes. The fund will include strict federal oversight and anti-abuse mechanisms. It will be a vital lifeline to businesses, communities, workers, and state and local governments that rely on their success to support local economies.

What is the recovery fund and why is it critical to getting back to work? Take a look at this infographic to learn more.

Advocacy actions on COVID-19

IREM joined 11 other organizations in signing onto a letter asking for clarification of the April 7th “Revised Interagency Statement on Loan Modifications by Financial Institutions Working with Customers Affected by the Coronavirus.” The letter asks that financial institutions work prudently with all creditworthy borrowers and to exercise discretion in modifying terms of lending arrangements with those borrowers consistent with safe and sound banking practices.

NAR’s guidance on Fair Housing compliance was updated based on evolving guidance from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the White House, among others. These frequently asked questions about complying with the Fair Housing Act during the COVID-19 pandemic supplement our previous guidance.

IREM Member Spotlight

From the front lines: Senior Housing with Pam Monroe, CPM®

Pam Monroe, CPM® and Vice President of Property Management at National Church Residences shares her experience working with senior housing properties, including handling onsite cases of COVID-19. Please continue to visit the IREM page dedicated to providing updates and resources to support real estate managers in making informed decisions during this time.

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Affordable Housing

Houston’s Affordable Housing Problem is Going to Intensify

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National News

House Passes $3 Trillion Aid Bill Over Republican Opposition
Residential – COVID-29 aid

Proposed California Bill Would Allow Retail Tenants to Break Leases with Little Penalty
Commercial – Landlord/tenant

Maryland Enacts Legislation Requiring Properties to be Free of Lead Contamination to Qualify for OZ Enhancement Tax Credits
Commercial – Opportunity Zone, Lead contamination

Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
Commercial & Residential – COVID-19 aid

Reopening Businesses Face Thorny Customer-Facing ADA Issues
Commercial – ADA Drive-by lawsuits

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