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
- State Efforts
- Federal Efforts
- New Resident Voter Registration
- "Get out the Vote" Initiatives
- Code Enforcement: Working with local code enforcement officials to help address proposed minimum housing code standards and mold issues in housing units.
- Planning and Development: Actively engaged with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, the Development Services Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC) and monitoring the proposed new Uniformed Development Ordinance, the Zoning Ordinance rewrite, changes to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Tree and Sign Ordinances as well as other high-density building approaches.
- 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.
- 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 new version of the North Carolina Building Code and advocating for changes to the requirements for 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.
We also support and collaborate with the National Apartment Association in efforts to address issues that impact the multi-family industry. Issues such as:
- Removing Barriers to Apartment Construction: Promoting an infrastructure package that can help facilitate and meet the nation’s housing needs, particularly the 4.6 million new apartment homes that will need to be built by the year 2030.
- National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Reauthorization: Advocating for long-term reauthorization and reform package of this critical coverage and acknowledgement of multifamily mitigation techniques and a requirement that NFIP premiums reflect alternative methods of mitigation that property owners undertake.
- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program: Increase funding, streamline and reform this and other critical Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs to encourage more private participation.
Voter Registration for Apartment Residents
GCAA will hold Voter Registration/Information Drives Ice Cream Events at the following five apartment communities on Wednesday, August 7th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm:
Rivermere (Mountain Island Lake)
3404 Dunn Commons Parkway, 28216
Ashton Reserve at Northlake
10320 Grobie Way, 28216
Uptown 550 on Stonewall
550 Stonewall Avenue, 28205
Central Pointe (East Charlotte)
4933 Central Avenue, 28205
Madison SouthPark (South Park – Colony Road)
4605 Colony Road, 28226
The community that registers the most voters will receive a prize (free lunch for its staff)!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 Michelle Manns, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Legislative Affairs .