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.
- Planning and Development: Actively engaged with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, the Development Services Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC) and Mecklenburg County Building Development Commission, monitoring the proposed new Draft 2040 Comp Plan and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Zoning Ordinance rewrites, changes to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and other land use and building code related issues.
- Housing Affordability: Participate in the conversation on Affordable Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers and Evictions. Providing market proven approaches and ideas to address housing affordability concerns.
The following local efforts are in collaboration with the Rental Housing Alliance, GCAA’s Super PAC:
- COVID Relief Assistance
Strongly encouraging our local elected officials to enact rental assistance and utility relief and other resources to housing providers and our residents in need. Click here to access rental and utility assistance resources.
- Section 8 Reform
Advocate for streamlining the program to enable more owners and operators to provide more homes to individuals who qualify for vouchers. Collaborating with partners to educate about improvements to the Charlotte Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program.
- Criminal Screening
Work with partners in advocating for ways to help ensure screening criteria is made available to qualified prospects as well as educating our owner/operator members concerning various aspects of the 2016 HUD Guidance on criminal screening.
- Infrastructure and Regulatory Barriers to Apartment Construction
Ease regulatory barriers to apartment construction and support local efforts to update zoning laws, eliminate counterproductive land use restrictions, etc.
- Voter Education and Registration
Provide information to increase voter awareness and conduct voter educate activities for our members such as hosting voter registration drives at local apartment communities and educational videos and blogs.
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 to your local Board Elections.
For more information regarding your county’s election, click on the corresponding link below:
- 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 our membership on changes to the North Carolina Building Code and advocating for changes to those requirements that impact apartment communities.
- 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.
- Safe Harbor Liability Protections Under Fair Debt: Seeking relief from de minimis fair debt collection violations that have not resulted in damages or significant impact to the tenant. This legislation pushes to relieve landlords from costly penalties for offenses that have no practical or substantial impact to the tenant. Creates a scalable penalty structure for violations based on demonstrable damage and fee constraints in instance where damage did not occur.
- Property Tax Abatement: Currently, municipalities and counties are prohibited from offering property tax exemptions by state law. Unfortunately, COVID -19 has financially strained renters and by extension housing providers, who have remained fully operational at a significantly reduced income. Granting municipalities, the authority to offer tax exemptions at will, would create an opportunity to alleviate so of the burden of housing providers across the state.
We also support and collaborate with the National Apartment Association in efforts to address issues that impact the multi-family industry. Issues such as:
- COVID-19 Recovery and Rebuilding
- Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act: (S. 1919/H.R. 4351)
- Section 8 Reform and Housing Affordability: