The Greater Charlotte Apartment Association (GCAA) is an industry trade association whose members develop, own, manage, and provide products and services to apartment communities in the greater Charlotte, NC area.
Founded in 1977, the GCAA now boasts a membership of approximately 120,000 rental units housed in nearly 600 apartment communities throughout the region. Over 90% of all area apartment properties belong to the Association. With its members providing homes for over 240,000 Charlotte-metro area residents, the GCAA plays a vital role in the local housing industry.
Because of its constant legislative efforts and ongoing educational & informational program offerings, the GCAA is known as “The voice of the multifamily housing industry.” The Association’s legislative successes have saved the apartment industry literally millions of dollars over the years. GCAA educational offerings, which include NAAEI designation programs, further contribute to member companies’ success by increasing the professionalism and awareness of their employees.
Additionally, the GCAA has over 300 Associate Member firms who have developed business partnerships with multifamily housing decision-makers. Associate membership in the GCAA provides numerous avenues for business growth to a variety of companies which serve the apartment industry.
Your membership in the GCAA includes an umbrella membership in the Apartment Association of North Carolina and the National Apartment Association. GCAA, AANC, and NAA lobbyists in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Washington DC all work to ensure the best possible political climate for multifamily housing.
Apartment Times Magazine
Our magazine, Apartment Times, is published bi-monthly and mailed to the entire membership, to other apartment associations, and to local and state elected officials. Articles address industry-relevant topics as diverse as legislative issues, educational opportunities, marketing strategies, economic perspectives, fair housing issues, landlord/tenant law, NAA and AANC news, GCAA Committee updates, maintenance issues, survey results, market statistics, property profiles, and more. The Association’s Executive Director and President are regular contributors, and members are welcome to submit informational articles for publication. The magazine also includes a calendar of events and photo highlights of recent events. Advertising opportunities are available to GCAA members exclusively. Current issue here
Professional Credential Programs
GCAA is the exclusive local provider of the following National Apartment Association Education Institute credential programs:
NALP (National Apartment Leasing Professional)
CAM (Certified Apartment Manager)
CAPS (Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor)
CAMT (Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians)
GCAA sponsors its own educational programs in the form of classes and seminars. Recent programs have included: Pool/Spa Operator Certification, Leasing Essentials, Fair Housing, Landlord/Tenant Law, Leasing/Marketing Strategies, Crime Deterrence, Bed Bug Issues, Maintenance Training (including Plumbing, Electrical, and HVAC topics), and Leadership Training. Click here for current seminar details.
The Greater Charlotte Apartment Association staff includes seven tenured professionals (six full-time and one part-time) who are eager to assist you with your operational endeavors and to provide you with all of the benefits of association membership. Full staff profiles here
Legal Forms and Publications
GCAA Membership gives you access to the AANC Lease Agreement and other quality property management forms that are recognized and respected by the North Carolina court systems. Other resource publications, such as the AANC Legal Handbook, the semi-annual Charlotte Apartment Report, and the biannual Salary Survey are available to members, as are some distinctive marketing and collateral printed materials. Forms/Publications details here. **UPDATE LINK**
This 400+ page manual is a comprehensive overview of the state and federal statutes and regulations that impact owners, developers, management companies, and on-site personnel. The text of the AANC Legal Handbook includes both the actual statutes and comments/interpretations from an attorney experienced in landlord-tenant relations. One of the key features of this document is a line-by-line explanation of the AANC Lease Agreement, with distinct notations regarding any recent changes to that document.
The GCAA takes an active role in both state and local government activities. As the watchdog for the multifamily industry, the Association monitors land use planning, building & housing codes, utility rules, and public services. Current legislative efforts here
Membership Directory and Buyers’ Guide
This annual publication is provided for GCAA members’ exclusive use. The directory provides a wealth of information about each member, including contact information, owner/property affiliations, and, in the case of Associate members, both an alphabetical listing and a listing by type of service that these members provide to the industry. Additionally, and updated buyers’ guide, which lists Associate members by product/service type, is included in each issue of the Apartment Times magazine. Both the directory and buyers’ guide are also available online.
General Membership Meetings
General Membership Meetings are scheduled approximately eight times annually, normally in the form of an evening dinner meeting. The entire GCAA membership base is invited and encouraged to attend. Educational, informative, and entertaining programs at these meetings enable attendees to interact with other industry professionals. Each monthly meeting is an ideal opportunity for networking, prospecting, and showing support for the Association.
Media Relations Program
The GCAA staff works to update the local media and public officials on activities & developments in the Charlotte multifamily housing industry. These efforts also serve to improve public opinion of the industry, which continues to grow, change, and react to political and economic conditions in the region. GCAA representatives are available to convey the Association’s views on current issues, whether to various media or other interested groups.
This event is the highlight of the GCAA year, drawing over 1500 attendees annually. Associate members exhibit their products and services in a festive atmosphere, giving all the attendees, from on-site to owner/manager industry professionals, a unique opportunity to review all that GCAA member vendors have to offer. The GCAA Trade Show is traditionally held in March at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Relevant in content and accessible in design, the GCAA website offers members 24-hour accessibility to Association news, class & program schedules, industry information, current and archived editions of the Apartment Times magazine, and member contact details. At www.greatercaa.org, members can register for GCAA events and programs, access the Membership Directory, order leases and forms, find industry news, pay invoices, renew their memberships, and update their contact information.
GCAA maintains pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so members can keep up with association news, programs, announcements, and fun while you're on the go.
The Charlotte Apartment Index
Published twice per year by GCAA member Real Data, this survey of vacancies, rents, amenities, and relative market conditions is the best source for an accurate and current view of the Charlotte apartment market. The report is available in a variety of electronic formats. GCAA members receive a discounted rate for these products.
Membership Benefits for Vendors
Joining the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association is a wise decision for firms who supply products and services to the apartment industry. The benefits of GCAA membership can be maximized if you understand all that the association has to offer. The following are exclusive benefits of Associate membership in the GCAA:
Prospecting and Networking Opportunities
at GCAA’s General Membership Meetings and other major events: your chance to meet and mingle with between 150 and 500 industry professionals each month.
Annual Membership Directory and Buyers’ Guide
the GCAA’s annual publication which lists all owners, management companies, properties, and associate members. All associates are also listed in this directory’s separate Buyers’ Guide section by the particular service that they provide. The printed Membership Directory is distributed annually to each GCAA member as well as to every member property. Current GCAA members can also access the entire directory on this website. (The online Directory is updated continually.)
Supplemental Buyers’ Guide Inserts
Buyer' Guides are included in every issue of the GCAA’s Apartment Times magazine. This insert offers an up-to-date listing of Associate member firms by product/service type. Any visitor to www.greatercaa.org can access an online version of the Buyers’ Guide.
in either label format or electronically. Send direct mail pieces to the entire GCAA membership base, to owners only, to properties, etc. Mailing lists can be customized to suit your particular needs.
Trade Show Exhibitor Opportunities
Display your product/service at this significant GCAA annual event; it’s a cost-effective means of contacting over 1500 apartment professionals in a single evening. Traditionally held in March, this event is always one of the highlights of the GCAA calendar year.
Exposure on the GCAA website
The GCAA’s phenomenal website includes an online Member Directory and Buyers’ Guide with direct links to listed members’ sites, prominent placement of GCAA’s Platinum Sponsor listing with links to these Associate members’ own websites, and industry links to the NAA, the NMHC, the AANC, NC Fair Housing Institute, ULI, NC Building Code, and more.
This council, comprised exclusively of GCAA Associate members, provides opportunities for vendors to meet and build business relationships with apartment Owner/Operators. Through panel discussions, social events, seminars, etc. the PSC's working subcommittees provide some of the best benefits of Associate membership. Learn more about the PSC here.