Legislative advocacy is an important part of what DAA oversees in its services to its members. Key legislation can place either an obstacle or an advantage to business growth in the multi-family housing industry in Delaware. DAA staff is there in Dover and in Washington, DC, speaking on your behalf.
National Legislative Issues 1. Disparate Impact The United States Supreme Court has validated the use of the disparate impact theory of liability in fair housing discrimination cases. The long-awaited opinion was issued on June 25, 2015. The case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs vs. Inclusive Communities Project, held the impact or unintended consequences of policies and practices on protected classes can be considered discrimination under fair housing statutes. Fact sheet. 2. Bed Bugs At the urging of the NAA/NMHC, HUD changed their guidelines about bed bug control, at least as they apply to HUD Project-based housing. The new notice (Notice H-2012-5)addresses many of the concerns raised by the NAA and emphasizes the shared responsibilities between property management staff and residents to prevent or eliminate infestations. Importantly, it allows owners to conduct voluntary inspections and to treat resident’s possessions as a party of an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM). Treatment costs may be partially recovered in conformance with HUD’s model lease. Details here. 3. Omnibus federal budget FY 2016 passed by Congress, signed by President Obama. The Omnibus legislation funding the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016 that was approved by Congress and signed by President Obama included wide-ranging provisions that touched many aspects of the industry from housing finance reform to assisted housing to research-related Census data. More info here. 4. Section 8 Voucher Program NAA/NMHC strongly support the Section 8 housing choice voucher program, which has long served as America's primary rental subsidy program. The program, which provides subsidized rents for low-income families in private rental housing, can be one of the most effective means of addressing the need for affordable housing. But the program has been plagued with inefficiencies and onerous bureaucratic requirements that increase the cost to rent to a Section 8 voucher holder and discourage private owners from accepting Section 8 vouchers. Fact sheet.
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