Advocacy

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 2017 are included in the 2017 Advocacy Highlights.

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

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

On July 5, the DC Water Board of Directors approved their multi-year water and sewer rate proposals for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020 without any...

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The WSSC Commissioners have voted to adopt a new rate structure that beginning July 1, 2019 will dramatically change the way that customers are...

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The 2017 Wage and Benefits Survey, which was completed by a strong representation of owner/manager firms in the region, was published in July of...

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What do Utility Rates, Emergency Preparedness and Law & Risk Management have in common? They are all topics that AOBA is addressing over the...

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Fire Alarm and Sprinkler System Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Note: Periodically, AOBA's Emergency Preparedness Committee members...

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The Virginia Supreme Court recently found a 15-year lease unenforceable because it was not executed with the formalities of a “deed” as...

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The state minimum wage rate in Maryland increased to $10.10 per hour effective July 1. Although this is the final year of phased-in rate increases...

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Get ready for Sports Capital Week -- July 13-17 in Washington, DC. Major events and closures will be occuring at the Convention Center, the Capital...

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In the At Large race, AOBA MD State PAC-endorsed candidates, incumbent Hans Riemer and newcomer Gabe Albornoz, easily won on June 26. They will be...

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Primary elections in Prince George’s County held on June 26 produced winning candidates who, in most cases, should be good for AOBA members to...

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AOBA’s 2018 Golf Tournament – Spots Still Available, Plus NEW Golf 101 Clinic With summer in full swing, AOBA’s Golf Committee...

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Jim Kane, Owner Realty Development, LLC. A long-time member who has been active in our Maryland advocacy efforts, Jim owns...

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