Government Affairs Digest August 2019

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Last Chance to Meet with Your Federal Legislators

While federal legislators are back home during their summer recess from August 5 – September 6, IREM members should take the opportunity to schedule meetings to discuss issues important to our industry. Protecting the real estate management industry requires work all year-round.

Learn more about how to schedule and prepare for a meeting and the issues to discuss by going to IREM’s In-District Program initiative.

Face-to-face meeting with elected representatives, or a key member of their staff, is the best way to teach them about your concerns and, ideally, influence their decisions.

If you have already participated in a meeting, or have one scheduled, please submit the meeting details to

Muller Testimony Can’t Eclipse IREM’s Congressional Briefing

While some members of Congress were attending Robert Muller’s testimony on July 24th, 75 Congressional staffers attended IREM’s Congressional Briefing in D.C. Amy Hedgecock, CPM, IREM’s Legislative and Public Policy (LPP) Committee Chair, points out that “It’s important to have these events, as it allows us an opportunity to directly communicate property management issues to the people writing and voting on the legislation that affects our industry.” Full article

Key Contact Program

A new resource added to our Public Policy webpage is our Key Contact initiative. Becoming a Key Contact allows IREM members another opportunity to get involved in our advocacy efforts. It also provides IREM staff with access to valuable "go-to" contacts who have cultivated relationships with key legislators that may bolster our advocacy efforts. Key Contacts can play a vital role in helping to educate and engage lawmakers on legislation, regulation, or other actions on Capitol Hill that impact the property management industry. Learn more

Additional Features to the Public Policy Page

Have you visited the Public Policy page recently? New resources and programs that have been added include:

  • Public Policy webinars – Quarterly webinars free to members – upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars are posted
  • In-District Meeting program  – Updated and user-friendly information on how to schedule and conduct successful legislative meetings
  • Coalition Letters – IREM participates in a number of coalitions, and letters that IREM has signed onto addressing legislative and regulatory issues affecting the real estate industry can be found here

For more information, check out our Advocacy Resources Guide or visit

Professional Certification Coalition

For over a year, IREM has worked with the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) to address efforts in 38 states to enact legislation that would undermine certifications offered by non-governmental certification organizations such as IREM.

For more information, view the First Year Highlights or visit

Affordable Housing

HUD Proposes New Disparate Impact Rule

National News

2019 August Recess Legislative Update
Commercial & Residential – Real Estate

State Senators Defend Rent Reform Laws to CRE Industry as Criticism Continues
Residential – Rent Control

Senate Hearing on Cannabis Banking Issues
Commercial – Medicinal/Recreational Marijuana

Flood Insurance on the Rise, But Property Owners Aren't Worried
Commercial & Residential – Flood Insurance

Court Orders Landlord to Take Down ‘No Housing Vouchers’ Language in Ads
Residential – Source of Income Discrimination

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