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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

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


COVID-19 Update: Prince George's County Issues New Phase 2 Requirements

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COVID-19 Update: Prince George's County Issues New Phase 2 Requirements

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has announced updated Phase 2 requirements starting Sunday, November 15 at 5:00 pm . Face coverings are now required outdoors in any public location in Prince George's County. Face coverings are still required for all indoor public locations and on public... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
11/16/2020


AOBA Celebrates 2020 Scholarship Recipients

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AOBA Celebrates 2020 Scholarship Recipients

WASHINGTON, DC – On November 12, the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington in conjunction with Prince George's County Community College (PGCC) celebrated six outstanding students. These students represent the current cohort of AOBA Scholars, a program the... Continue Reading

11/13/2020


District Court Suspends In-Court Hearings in Response to New COVID-19 Numbers

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District Court Suspends In-Court Hearings in Response to New COVID-19 Numbers

On Nov. 11, in response to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Maryland, the District Court announced a suspension of in-court hearings and proceedings effective November 16. The Court will contact parties and counsel regarding any scheduled in-court proceedings; some may be transferred to virtual... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
11/12/2020


COVID-19 Update: Montgomery County Revises Capacity Limits for Businesses

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COVID-19 Update: Montgomery County Revises Capacity Limits for Businesses

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, after consultation with County Health Officer Travis Gayles and based on data, has issued Executive Order 122-20 that will reduce capacity limits for businesses, including restaurants and retail establishments. Among the changes in the order are those... Continue Reading

by Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
11/10/2020


Governor Hogan Amends April 3 Eviction Executive Order

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Governor Hogan Amends April 3 Eviction Executive Order

On Friday Oct. 16, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order temporarily prohibiting evictions of tenants suffering a substantial loss of income due to COVID-19, prohibiting repossessions of chattel housing, restricting the initiation of residential foreclosures and prohibiting commercial... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
10/19/2020


New BOMA Resource: Civil Unrest & the 2020 Election Season Guide
New BOMA Resource: Civil Unrest & the 2020 Election Season Guide

BOMA International has released a new preparedness guide, "Civil Unrest and the 2020 Election Season." Click here to download guide. Continue Reading

10/16/2020


Effective October 1, Source of Income is a Protected Class Across the State of Maryland

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Effective October 1, Source of Income is a Protected Class Across the State of Maryland

During the 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislators passed the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act which prohibits a housing provider from refusing to rent a unit to a resident because of the source of income used to pay their rent. This law becomes effective today,... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
10/1/2020


How Will the CDC Eviction Order Impact Maryland?

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How Will the CDC Eviction Order Impact Maryland?

Per guidance from Judge Morrissey, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order regarding evictions--effective on Sept. 4, 2020—will be considered an affirmative defense for a Failure to Pay Rent... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
09/9/2020


Read our latest issue of INSIDE!

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Read our latest issue of INSIDE!

AOBA is excited to share with you the September/October Inside issue. You can now access it instantly HERE. Continue Reading

09/1/2020


Call for Nominations: The 2020 David H. Hillman Maverick Award

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Call for Nominations: The 2020 David H. Hillman Maverick Award

This award highlights key characteristics of AOBA’s late member David H. Hillman, who was noted for his exceptional and innovative commitment to both his industry and community. The winner will be an AOBA member who humbly demonstrates unwavering enthusiasm in identifying, researching, and... Continue Reading

07/28/2020


Evictions Guidance from the District Court as Maryland Judiciary Enters Phase 3 Reopening

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Evictions Guidance from the District Court as Maryland Judiciary Enters Phase 3 Reopening

On July 17, the District Court provided communication regarding landlord/tenant actions during phase 3 of Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan.The Court entered Phase 3 reopening on Monday, July 20, 2020. During this phase, the District Court will begin handling rent escrow actions (provided... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
07/21/2020