FAIR HOUSING AND DISPARATE IMPACT
Position: IREM monitors this issue closely and educates our members through informative webinars and in-person sessions.
Issue Summary: In the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) disparate impact
rule, a case for discrimination can be built against a property manager based on
statistical analysis. Common business policies, such as occupancy limitations, credit checks and criminal background screenings, could result in discrimination claims
against property managers if they are found to discriminate against members of a
SOURCE OF INCOME PROTECTION
Position: IREM is supportive of the concept of government assisted housing practices
and making affordable housing opportunities available to all citizens. However, IREM
believes that involvement in these opportunities should be voluntary and not mandated by any level of government.
Issue Summary: A prospective tenant’s source of income could be treated as a protected class. Property managers would then be forced to accept tenant-based subsidies
such as Section 8 vouchers. Property managers who participate in the Section 8 program and accept Section 8 rental subsidy certificates must follow strict and voluminous
regulatory requirements including, without limitation, specific lease terms, inspection
requirements and other mandatory regulations.
Position: IREM supports and invites guidance from the government on the issue of
Issue Summary: Companion animals are not service animals. Service animals require special training. Companion animals receive no specialized training and are
typically for individuals with mental disabilities or those in need of emotional support.
Position: IREM supports government efforts aimed at sharing information about possible cyber threats and aftermath. IREM opposes legislation, while intended to avert
security breaches and help mitigate their aftermath, which is overly burdensome and
onerous on property owners and managers or their clients.
Issue Summary: Property managers deal with large amounts of data, which includes
social security numbers and financial information. Protecting the data is expensive,
but it is even more expensive to repair a data breach. Currently, there are no laws or
regulations to assist property owners and managers with the costly aftermath of security breaches. Stay tuned for an article on Cyber Security in the next issue of JPM®.
Position: IREM is opposed to government control of rents and supports a
property owner’s right to establish rents
which will encourage investment in new
construction and existing property.
Issue Summary: Rent control limits the
amount a property owner can charge
for renting out a home, apartment or
other real estate. It acts as a price ceiling by preventing rents from either being
charged above a certain level or from increasing at a rate higher than a predetermined percentage.
MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL
Position: IREM invites guidance from
the government on how to implement
policy and procedures for the properties
that real estate owners and managers operate.
Issue Summary: States are persistently
legalizing marijuana to varying degrees,
but it is still illegal at the federal level.
This inconsistency creates conflict between federal and state laws and creates
a complicated situation for real estate
owners and managers.
Respondents were also asked how
IREM can help chapters advocate for
these issues. The top responses included: developing fact sheets; drafting letters to legislators; sending a “call to action” to members; identifying potential
coalition partners; and assisting with
coordinating an In-District meeting
with their legislators.
Finally, members were asked to describe how IREM could improve upon
its government affairs and public policy
efforts. A number of the responses suggested reviving the IREM Capitol Hill
Visit Day in Washington, DC.
For the complete list of public policy
I C Y IREM can help chapters advocate for these issues by developing fact sheets; drafting letters
to legislators; sending a “call to action” to members;
identifying potential coalition partners;
and assisting with coordinating an In-District
meeting with their legislators.