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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

Mandatory Air Conditioning in June/COVID-19 Updates: DHCA requirements, rental assistance & more

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Mandatory Air Conditioning in June/COVID-19 Updates: DHCA requirements, rental assistance & more

REMINDER: JUNE 1 EFFECTIVE DATE FOR MANDATORY AIR CONDITIONING LAWOn March 2, the Montgomery County Council approved Bill 24-19 - Landlord-Tenant Relations - Obligations of Landlord - Air Conditioning. The new law requires housing providers to provide and maintain air conditioning during certain... Continue Reading

by Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
05/13/2020


Prince George's County Launches Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Prince George's County Launches Emergency Rental Assistance Program

On May 11, Prince George's County launched the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help county residents with rent and utility payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying applicants may be eligible for a maximum of $1,800.00 per month for a maximum of 3 months of emergency... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
05/13/2020


Prince George's County Council Introduces Landlord/Tenant Legislation for COVID-19 Pandemic

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Prince George's County Council Introduces Landlord/Tenant Legislation for COVID-19 Pandemic

Yesterday, the Prince George's County Council introduced CB 16-2020 an emergency bill to address Landlord/Tenant issues associated with COVID-19. This bill would prohibit rent increases and late fees; establish a County eviction moratorium; and require housing providers to create rent payment... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
05/12/2020


AOBA Welcomes New Communications Manager

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AOBA Welcomes New Communications Manager

AOBA is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Cynthia Alfaro to the position of Communications Manager. Cynthia came to AOBA after working the past four years as a communications and project manager for a local government and public affairs firm. In her new position, Cynthia will manage... Continue Reading

05/10/2020


New Tools Helps Renter & Housing Providers Determine CARES Act Protections Apply to Their Properties

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New Tools Helps Renter & Housing Providers Determine CARES Act Protections Apply to Their Properties

On May 4, The Federal Housing Finance Agency released an online tool to help renters and property managers determine if they are subject to and protected by the federal CAREs Act eviction moratorium. The new property search tool allows users to find out if the multifamily property where they work... Continue Reading

05/7/2020


Montgomery County Council Approves Rent Increase Cap

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Montgomery County Council Approves Rent Increase Cap

On April 23, the Council approved expedited legislation, B18-20E - Landlord-Tenant Relations - Rent Stabilization During Emergencies, limiting allowable rent increases during the COVID-19 public health emergency to the County’s voluntary rent guideline. The current voluntary rent guideline... Continue Reading

by Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
04/27/2020


Montgomery County Council Votes on Rent Increase Cap

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Montgomery County Council Votes on Rent Increase Cap

On April 23, the Council will vote on a measure to amend allowable rent increases during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Bill 18-20E - Landlord-Tenant Relations - Rent Stabilization During Emergencies as introduced would have suspended all rent increases during the public health emergency... Continue Reading

by Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
04/23/2020


Montgomery County: Small businesses/Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) Program

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Montgomery County: Small businesses/Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) Program

The Montgomery County Executive and County Council together have set aside $20 million in funding to support small businesses and nonprofits who are struggling to survive the economic impact of COVID-19. Eligible businesses can start applying for grants at 2:00pm today. If members or their... Continue Reading

by Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
04/15/2020


Montgomery County Considers Suspending Residential AND Commercial Rent Increases

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Montgomery County Considers Suspending Residential AND Commercial Rent Increases

Councilmembers Will Jawando, Sidney Katz and Craig Rice will introduce Expedited Bill 18-20, Landlord-Tennant Relations – Rent Stabilization During Emergencies. The measure proposes to suspend residential and commercial rent increases during the emergency declared by Governor Hogan on March... Continue Reading

by Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
04/14/2020


New Study Provides Key DC Rental Housing Data to Drive Sound Policy

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New Study Provides Key DC Rental Housing Data to Drive Sound Policy

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Brewster Thackeray AOBA Director of Communications BThackeray@aoba-metro.org 703/508-4418 New Study Provides Key DC Rental Housing Data to Drive Sound Policy Washington, D.C., April... Continue Reading

by Peggy Jeffers, Esq.
04/2/2020


Coronavirus: Resources, Cancellations and Virtual Meetings
Coronavirus: Resources, Cancellations and Virtual Meetings

Coronavirus Small Business emergency Dear AOBA Members, We continue to post information regarding business operations in the era of COVID- 19, including links to our national affiliate organizations, BOMA International and the National Apartment Association. Scroll down this page to view all... Continue Reading

by Brewster Thackeray (deleted)
03/31/2020


Update on Maryland Jurisdictions' Response to Coronavirus

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Update on Maryland Jurisdictions' Response to Coronavirus

The State of Maryland, local jurisdictions and utilities are exercising an abundance of caution and taking significant steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Below, please find information on closures and policy changes, including temporarily suspending evictions,... Continue Reading

by Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
03/19/2020