***Due to the Coronavirus-related orders issued by Mecklenburg County, GCAA office is open on a limited basis. Staff will be working in office Tuesday-Thursday until September 1 and are available by e-mail and phone. We also welcome visits from our members who have a scheduled appointment with one of our team members. Please check our website at www.greatercaa.org for timely updates and pertinent information. We thank you for your patience as we play our part in keeping our staff and broader community safe.***

Current Legislative Efforts

One of the GCAA’s core activities is legislative advocacy. We represent our members’ interests at all levels of government to ensure multifamily-friendly legislation and regulatory policies. It is vitally important to our industry that elected officials, from City Council to the US Senate, hear the apartment industry’s story and concerns. 

Local Efforts

  • Planning and Development: Actively engaged with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, the Development Services Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC) and Building Development Commission monitoring proposed new Uniformed Development Ordinance, the Zoning Ordinance rewrite, changes to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and building code related issues.

  • Housing Affordability: Participating in the conversation on Affordable Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers and Evictions. Providing market proven approaches and ideas to address housing affordability concerns.

  • 2020 Census:  Promoting the census and educating residents about the importance of their participation to our districts.

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  • Advocating Against Source of Income and Rent Control Laws: Collaborating with partners to educate and advocate against source of income discrimination laws that mandate participation in the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program.

Voter Registration Options Amid COVID-19

If you are new to North Carolina or do not have an NC license or ID yet you can register to vote by accessing either Vote411.org or ncsbe.gov and downloading the voter registration form. These must be filled out signed and mailed into your local Board Elections.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its impact this fall voters are encouraged to request an absentee ballot now. These ballots will be mailed starting Sept 4th. You are not required to vote absentee if you request the ballot. For more information or to request an absentee ballot click here

Election and Voter Information
For more information regarding your county’s election, click on the corresponding link below:

Cabarrus County

https://www.cabarruscounty.us/departments/elections-board

Catawba County
https://www.catawbacountync.gov/county-services/elections/

Cleveland County
https://www.clevelandcounty.com/main/departments/board_of_elections.php

Gaston County
https://www.gastongov.com/government/departments/elections/index.php

Iredell County
https://www.co.iredell.nc.us/162/Elections

Lincoln County
http://www.lincolncounty.org/index.aspx?NID=112

Mecklenburg County
https://www.mecknc.gov/boe/Pages/default.aspx

Rowan County
https://www.rowancountync.gov/191/Elections

Stanly County
https://www.votestanlycountync.gov/

Union County
http://www.unioncountync.gov/government/boards-and-committees/board-elections

York County, SC
https://www.yorkcountygov.com/244/Voter-Registration-Elections

State Efforts

  • Eviction Processing Time: Continuing to work for shorter and more efficient evictions processes.

  • Emotional Support Animals: Working with other apartment associations to find strategies and legislation that will help stop abuse as well as provide protections and parameters for emotional support animals and housing providers.

  • NC Building Code Changes & Council Hearings: Educating the membership on the changes to the North Carolina Building Code and advocating for changes to the requirements for the provision of Type A accessible units in apartment communities and to permit doorstep refuse and recycling collection containers in apartment corridors with exit access, open-air with balconies served by exterior exit stairs as an allowable and regulated use.

  • Private Process Service: Advocating for private process servers to post summons (with notification of lawsuits and/or court dates) on tenants' doors as an option to sheriff department services in counties with populations over 250,000.

  • Various Landlord Tenant Changes: Clarifying technical changes to parts of the landlord-tenant law regarding debt collection, post judgment satisfaction agreements or “pay and stay” for residents, tenant criminal record screening (codification of Davenport v. D.M. Rental Properties 2011), and clarification of rights of collection of property in small estates.

Federal Efforts  

We also support and collaborate with the National Apartment Association in efforts to address issues that impact the multi-family industry.  Issues such as:

  • Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act: (S. 1919/H.R. 4351) This bipartisan legislation encourages the elimination of discriminatory land use policies and removal of barriers that prevent the construction of much needed housing.

  • Section 8 Reform:  Streamline and reform this program to allow more owners and operators to provide housing to those who qualify for vouchers.

  • Evictions: Work to provide meaningful assistance to residents who need it while avoiding burdensome new requirements.