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Protecting and Enhancing the Value of Members' Investments

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AOBA's non-partisan government affairs activities in DC, Maryland and Virginia provide members with substantial savings in utilities, property taxes and other regulatory fees -- savings that enhance value to owners, tenants and residents. Brief highlights of AOBA's advocacy accomplishments in 2018 are included in the 2018 Year in Review publication.

AOBA's advocacy efforts are focused on:

  • guarding against burdensome tax increases and inappropriate regulations;
  • seeking reasonable building regulations;
  • advocating before public service commissions to keep energy costs down;
  • promoting responsible housing regulation to preserve affordability; and
  • reducing government costs and hassles.
 
For specific questions and assistance, contact AOBA's Advocacy team:

Regional Advocacy Issues: Nicola Whiteman, Esq., Senior Vice
President of Government Affairs

District of Columbia: Kirsten Williams, Esq., Vice President of Government Affairs, DC - Commercial;  Randi Marshall, Vice President of Government Affairs, DC - Residential

Maryland: Ron Wineholt, Vice President of Government Affairs, MD;
Montgomery County: Nicola Whiteman

Virginia: Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs, VA, or
Bismah Ahmed, Director of Government Affairs, VA

Maryland : Headlines News

AOBA Statement on Tuesday's Vote on DC Public Health Emergency Legislation

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AOBA Statement on Tuesday's Vote on DC Public Health Emergency Legislation

We are disappointed and alarmed that the DC Council decided to amend Chairman Mendelson’s proposed emergency legislation, Bill 24-258, the "Coronavirus Public Health Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2021" yesterday. Chairman Mendelson’s strategy for accelerating the distribution of... Continue Reading

05/19/2021


Prince George's County Lifts Most COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

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Prince George's County Lifts Most COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

Per County Executive Alsobrooks, beginning TODAY, May 17, at 5:01 PM, all indoor and outdoor venues in Prince George's County may resume normal operations. Face masks are still required for all indoor venues, while on public transportation, and at crowded outdoor venues including concert venues... Continue Reading

05/17/2021


Governor Hogan Eases Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions on Public Gatherings and Businesses

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Governor Hogan Eases Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions on Public Gatherings and Businesses

Effective Saturday May 15, State restrictions on indoor entertainment venues, conventions and other businesses will be lifted. Restaurants can return to 100% capacity both indoors and outdoors; restrictions on outdoor sports, entertainment and art venues are also being lifted. The only... Continue Reading

05/14/2021


AOBA Welcomes Alexander Rossello as Director of Policy Communications

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AOBA Welcomes Alexander Rossello as Director of Policy Communications

Washington, D.C. – The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) is pleased to welcome Alexander Rossello as Director of Policy Communications. Before joining AOBA, Alex worked as a public policy manager for the National Apartment Association, AOBA’s... Continue Reading

05/6/2021


Complete Your 2021 Wage and Benefit Surveys
Complete Your 2021 Wage and Benefit Surveys

AOBA and PMA have joined forces again to produce the most definitive source of compensation and benefit data for the national capital area property management industry. The 2021 Commercial and Multifamily Residential surveys could not come at a more opportune time. The ability to attract and... Continue Reading

05/6/2021


32BJ SEIU & AOBA Urge Prioritization for At-Risk Frontline Property Services Workers

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32BJ SEIU & AOBA Urge Prioritization for At-Risk Frontline Property Services Workers

32BJ SEIU and the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) Urge Prioritization of At-Risk Frontline Property Services Workers for Vaccines to Expedite Region’s Reopening “We applaud D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for leading the region by making at-risk frontline property service... Continue Reading

03/5/2021


AOBA Welcomes Ryan Washington

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AOBA Welcomes Ryan Washington

AOBA is pleased to announce Ryan Washington has joined AOBA as Maryland Government Affairs Manager. Ryan will work alongside Erin Bradley, AOBA’s Maryland Vice President of Government Affairs, to advance members’ advocacy interests at the State level and in Prince George’s... Continue Reading

02/16/2021


Maryland Security Deposit Interest Rate is 1.5% for 2021

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Maryland Security Deposit Interest Rate is 1.5% for 2021

The interest rate payable on residential security deposits in Maryland is 1.5 percent for amounts accruing during calendar year 2021. Changes to state law in 2014 and 2015 altered the interest rate for residential security deposits and provided for the monthly accrual of interest effective Jan. 1,... Continue Reading

01/5/2021


Maryland District Court to Remain in Phase 2 Reopening Until March 14, 2021

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Maryland District Court to Remain in Phase 2 Reopening Until March 14, 2021

On December 22, Chief Judge Barbera issued an new administrative order requiring the Judiciary to remain in Phase 2 operations through March 14, 2021. Clerks’ offices in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public for emergency... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
12/23/2020


AOBA's 2020 Year in Review
AOBA's 2020 Year in Review

As we reflect on this life-changing year, we are grateful for what remains the same: your continued support.Please click here to view AOBA's Year in Review that briefly highlights the work performed for members by members and staff in 2020. Continue Reading

12/23/2020


AOBA Office Closed for the Holidays
AOBA Office Closed for the Holidays

The AOBA Office will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We wish you a Happy Holiday and Healthy New Year! Continue Reading

12/23/2020


Maryland District Court Restricts Landlord/Tenant Actions Effective Nov. 16

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Maryland District Court Restricts Landlord/Tenant Actions Effective Nov. 16

Effective November 16 through December 31, 2020, the District Court will only hear specific landlord/tenant matters as District Court operations are restricted to Phase III operations. In Phase III, the District Court will hear limited actions including criminal cases,... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
11/19/2020