Federal Issues


HUD Issues Guidance on the Use of Criminal History Records in Evaluating Rental Applicants

HUD Issues Grant for Fair Housing Investigations

The federal issues impacting the apartment industry are vast, ranging from housing finance reform to tax reform to regulatory concerns. Overarching these complex issues is the need for Congress to create a balanced housing policy that recognizes the critical role of apartments in providing shelter for Americans.

2015 NMHC and NAA Policy Priorities

Tax Policy

Tax Reform

  • Flow-Through Entities 
  • Carried Interest 
  • Like-Kind Exchanges 
  • Business Interest Deductibility 
  • Depreciation Rules 
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit 

Tax Extenders
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

Finance and Capital Markets

  • Housing Finance Reform 
  • Dodd-Frank and Basel III
  • High Volatility Commercial Real Estate Loans 
  • Foreign Capital Investment (EB-5) 
  • HUD Multifamily Programs

Business and Property Operations

  • Data Security 
  • Music Licensing 
  • Telecommunications 
  • Patent Reform 
  • U.S. Postal Service Reform 
  • Flood Insurance

Housing Policy 

  • Fair Housing and Disparate Impact 
  • Section 8 Rental Assistance 
  • Fair Market Rents and Small Area Fair Market Rents 
  • U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 
  • Basic Allowance for Housing

Energy and Environment

Energy Policy

  • Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives 
  • Better Buildings Initiative 
  • Clean Water Act 
  • Lead-Based Paint

Employment and Immigration

  • Criminal Background Checks 
  • Immigration Reform
  • E-Verify
  • Labor Shortage Visa Programs

Construction and Development

  • Building Codes 
  • Sustainability 
  • Land Use

Learn more about these issues here.