Government Affairs Digest - September 2020

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IREM® joins NAR in meeting with White House officials on eviction ban

CHICAGO (September 17, 2020) – 2020 IREM President-Elect Chip Watts, CPM®, IREM Past President Donald B. Wilkerson, CPM®, and Amy Hedgecock, CPM®, joined a group of NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) representatives, led by NAR President Vince Malta in a meeting with officials from President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday, September 15. The meeting was to address concerns over the September 1 executive action halting evictions through 2020.

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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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2020 IREM Government Affairs Initiatives

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

Webinar: Preserving the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange – The Data Speaks

IREM is partnering with the National Association of REALATORS® to provide a FREE webinar on October 8, at 10:30am, covering the tax and economic impacts of 1031Like-Kind Exchanges.


Webinar recording: The 2020 Election & How it May Affect the Real Estate Industry

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 when all 435 House of Representatives, 33 Senate seats, and the Presidency will be determined. With election season in full swing, understanding where the candidates stand on the issues is critical to the real estate industry and making an informed decision when casting your vote. Some of the issues that could be influenced by the election include: COVID Relief, Infrastructure, Taxes, Affordable Housing, and Sustainability. Staff from IREM and NAR provide insight into the upcoming election and how the potential outcomes will affect our industry.

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Member Spotlight

Michael Simmons to step down from FHAB

“It was a good run.” That’s how Michael Simmons, CPM®, sums up his 20 years as a member of IREM’s Federal Housing Advisory Board (FHAB). That tenure will end at the start of the new year, capping a period of advocacy for IREM members in the face of some intensive issues.

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National News

National Association of REALTORS® Promotes Shannon McGahn to Chief Advocacy Officer; Announces Retirement of Bill Malkasian, Joe Ventrone

‘Free rent’ bill will ultimately harm tenants
Residential – Landlord/tenant

Illegal Eviction Pressure Claims Mount As Tenants Scramble To Learn Their Rights
Residential – Evictions

Portland may require landlords to pay tenant relocation fees for any rent increase, extend eviction moratorium to end of 2020
Residential – Landlord/tenant

Ninth Circuit Announces Legal Framework for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal Claims Under ADA
Commercial – ADA Drive-by Lawsuits

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