Government Affairs Digest July 2018

IREM Government Affairs Digest

News from HQ

IREM Conducts Inaugural Congressional Briefing
On July 11th, IREM conducted an inaugural Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C. IREM decided to initiate this type of event as it is essential to communicate our issues and maintain relationships with federal legislators. The briefing was a great success as Mindy Gronbeck, CPM®, Chair of IREM’s Legislative and Public Policy Committee and Debbie Prejeant, CPM®, Vice Chair of IREM’s Federal Advocacy Board, presented to over sixty Congressional legislative staffers on issues significant to the property management industry. Full Article

Urgent: Flood Insurance to Expire Today
Unless Congress acts now, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire on July 31st.  If NFIP lapses, millions of people and businesses who rely on it will lose their coverage, and flood insurance will become much more costly, or even unavailable. 

Email Your Members of Congress Now

August 6th - August 31st: Federal Legislators Back in Their Districts for August Recess
Take this opportunity to participate in IREM’s In-District Meetings initiative by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

As the election draws near, Members of Congress will be more willing than ever to meet with their constituents!

IREM and NAR Submits Letter to House Judiciary Committee Regarding Online Sales Tax Hearing
The letter thanks the Committee for holding the hearing entitled, “Examining the Wayfair decision and its Ramifications for Consumers and Small Businesses.” IREM and NAR support equitable sales tax treatment of all sellers, and the Supreme Court’s holding in the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., is a step toward achieving that.


Member Contributions

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality
By Lindsay Konlande, Association Assistant for IREM Houston

Even if you can’t exactly explain it, you have heard of net neutrality. News stories have been invading TV screens about this issue since November of 2017. That was when the Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, published a plan to roll back net neutrality. Officially, as of June 11, this piece of internet legislation has been rolled back. This has all sorts of implications, but we want to take a look at how it could affect property management professionals, specifically in the commercial and retail realm. Full Article

National News

New York City Sues Airbnb to Force Compliance with Subpoena
Residential – Short-term Rentals

Website Access and Other ADA Title III Lawsuits Hit Record Numbers
Commercial & Residential – ADA Drive-by Lawsuits

Tax Incentives for Affordable Multifamily Housing
Residential – Affordable Housing

The Push for Rent Control in Illinois is Getting Started
Residential – Rent Control


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