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Current Legislative Efforts

One of the GCAA’s core activities is legislative advocacy. The Apartment Association represents its members’ interests at all levels of government to ensure multifamily-friendly legislation and regulatory policies. It’s vitally important to our industry that elected officials, from City Council all the way up to the US Senate, hear the apartment industry’s story and concerns. Click any topic below for more details on GCAA's current efforts in that area:

 

Local Efforts

  • Code Enforcement: working with County and City Staff in addressing the Gartner Report's concerns with the current Permitting and Inspections processes; advising the Code Enforcement Department's new "Mega Multifamily Inspection Team"
  • New Development: monitoring the proposed Design Guidelines and Zoning Ordinance rewrite changes that are currently being explored
  • Housing Policy: participation in the Ten Year Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness and supporting the Social Impact Housing Endowment Fund
  • Inclusionary Zoning: partnering with affordable housing advocates, elected officials, and City staff to keep housing affordable; supporting solutions which incorporate free market principles rather than mandatory regulations
  • City Services: opposing proposed policy changes which would eliminate or reduce city services for apartment residents

State Efforts

  • Duke Energy: $15 Reconnect Fees and Revert-to-Owner Program
  • Municipality Authority in Inspections, Permitting and Registration - seeking to restrain overly-regulating municipalities
  • Eviction Processing Time: continuing to work for shorter and more efficient evictions processes
  • Private Process Service: advocating for private process servers to post summons (with notification of lawsuits and/or court dates) on tenants' doors
  • NC Building Code Changes & Council Hearings: ongoing monitoring of proceedings
  • Wage Garnishment for Rents Owed: advocating for 'rents owed' to be considered a permissible wage garnishment

Federal Efforts  

  • Tax Reform: Any proposed reforms must promote economic growth and investment in rental housing without unfairly burdening apartment owners and residents relative to other asset classes.
  • National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization: Congress must prevent disruption in the marketplace and pass a long-term reauthorization before the government’s backstop expires on Sept. 30, 2017.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Reform: Provide a business owner with the opportunity to cure an alleged deficiency prior to the initiation of a “drive-by” lawsuit.

Voter Registration for Apartment Residents

The North Carolina Voter Registration Application is now available, for free, as an option to be included in apartment lease packets. This is a simple and convenient way to encourage new residents to update their voter registration information at the time of move-in.

For Blue Moon lease software users, the address portion of the form can be pre-populated for residents. Once completed, the forms only need to be signed, dated, and mailed to the local Board of Elections (addresses are provided on the instruction sheet).

Blue Moon subscribers can call technical support for help 512-322-0999. For general help with the Voter Registration Program contact Bryan Holladay, GCAA Government Affairs manager, at 704-334-9511x109 or via email.

Get-out-the-Vote Efforts

 Vote Tuesday is the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association’s award-winning initiative to encourage apartment residents to vote through the simple reminder that an election is taking place the upcoming Tuesday though use of "Vote Tuesday" signs, window stickers, and table tents at the participating apartment communities.

 

GCAA members: Order VOTE TUESDAY Materials for YOUR Apartment Community(ies)!

See details below and photo at right for options. Contact Bryan Holladay at GCAA to order: bryan@greatercaa.org / 704-334-9511 x109

Small Package: $50
(2 bootleg signs, 10 window clings, 5 tent cards)

Large Package: $125
(5 bootleg signs, 20 window clings, 10 tent cards)

A-La-Carte
Window Clings 50¢ each
Tent Cards $1 each
Bootleg Signs $25 each

GCAA also maintains the apartmentvoters.com website to provide apartment residents with information about registering to vote, polling locations, candidate lists, and more.