Government Affairs Digest - December 2019

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January 22 – Capitol Hill Fly-in Webinar

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Spending Package Funding Key Real Estate Programs Signed Into Law

On Tuesday, December 15 the House of Representatives passed legislation funding the federal government for fiscal year 2020.
The spending package provides funding for several key programs including:

  • Terrorism Risk Insurance (TRIA – TRIA was set to expire in 2020, but has been reauthorized for 7 years
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) – NFIP was extended through September, 2020. While not the long-term reauthorization we have been pushing for, it gives us time to work on much needed reforms.
  • Tax Extenders – After expiring in 2017, the 179D tax deduction for energy efficient improvements to commercial buildings has been retroactively extended through 2020.

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2019 Public Policy Webinars

In 2019, IREM Government Affairs began hosting quarterly webinars related to policy affecting the industry. All webinars will be available on the Advocacy page and are free to members.

2019’s topics include:

  • Protecting Your Business and Customer in the Digital Age *recording will be posted  soon
  • Fair Housing & Harassment - Best Practices
  • Federal and State Government Policymaking: Trends Affecting the Property Management Industry
  • Opportunity Zones and Section 199A: What You Should Know

Public Policy Webinars

Affordable Housing

NAA Study: Rent Control is Not the Answer

National News

Senators Propose Eviction Crisis Act to Help At-Risk Tenants
Residential – Landlord/Tenant, Evictions

5 Policy Issues That Could Affect Commercial Real Estate in 2020
Commercial – 2020 Forecast

In Wake of Tougher Rent Control, New York Landlords Scout New Jersey for Deals
Residential – Rent Control

San Francisco ‘Vacancy Tax’ to Fight Empty Storefronts Headed to March Ballot
Commercial – Vacancy Tax

Airbnb Purges More Than Half of Its Boston Listings
Residential – Short-term Rentals

It's the Wild West As Cannabis Providers Jockey For Retail Spaces
Commercial – Medicinal & Recreational Marijuana

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