Government Affairs Digest - October 2020

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2021 Fly-in

IREM is conducting our 3rd Annual Capitol Hill Fly-in on March 9 & 10, 2021. The Fly-in offers IREM Members an opportunity to meet with their federal legislators and advocate for issues critical to the real estate management industry.

We understand many IREM members are eager to do their part to represent the real estate management industry, but for a variety of reasons may be unable to travel to Washington, DC. To help ensure everyone who wants to participate is able, we are excited to announce the 2021 Fly-in will be conducted both as an in-person and virtual meeting.

Please feel free to share with your IREM colleagues so they can join this exciting and dynamic event!


IREM signs on to letters to Whitehouse and Congress about CDC eviction moratorium

On October 8th, IREM joined 12 other industry stakeholders in urging the president and Members of Congress to work towards providing relief to for America’s renters and housing providers.

These letters, and many others, can found on IREM’s COVID Advocacy page.

The IREM Government Affairs team has been hard at work advocating for the real estate management industry. Check out this infographic for an overview of some of the highlights.

IREM Advocacy Initiatives

Presidential Candidate Position Chart

With only the election only a week away, understanding where each candidate stands on the issues is critical to the real estate industry and making an informed decision when casting your vote. Check out the Presidential Candidate Position Chart for a side-by-side summary of former Vice President Joe Biden’s and President Trump’s positions on issues impacting real estate.

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Engage with your legislators

With the 2020 election in full swing, now is the perfect time to engage with your elected officials.  During this time of uncertainty, now more than ever, our voice needs to be heard so legislators understand all of the challenges facing the real estate management industry. There are several different ways you can engage with your legislators. Some are still open to face-to-face meetings while others will only meet by zoom.

If you are unable to schedule a meeting or do not have the time, emailing legislators to voice your comments and concerns is still an option. No matter how you engage with your officials, it is important that federal, state, and local legislators hear from you as state and local economies begin to reopen for business. If you would like staff to help you schedule or attend your meeting, please email us at

Check out the recording of “Conducting successful meetings with your elected officials” for more information about how to connect with legislators.

For more information about your elected officials, candidates running for federal, state, and local offices, as well as your voter information such as registration, early voting, and your polling place, check out the IREM Civic Action Center!

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Virtual IREM Summit

While the Summit may be over, the learning isn’t! Recordings of all sessions are available to everyone who registered.

Be sure to check out “Lessons Learned from COVID-19” and “Legislative Update: Real Estate Management Issues in Congress, the 2020 Election, and a Look Ahead to 2021” for information about COVID-19 and the legislative landscape going forward.


National News

Coronavirus: Housing Providers FAQs
Residential – CDC Eviction Moratorium

House Bill Introduced to Require Accessible Consumer Facing Websites and Mobile Apps
Commercial – ADA Website Accessibility

Rent control proposal heads to Portland, Maine voters again
Residential – Rent control

Supervisors ban no-fault evictions in San Francisco through March
Residential – Landlord/Tenant

Where Did All of the Evictions Go?
Residential – Evictions

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