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VAMA Lobby Day ISSUES are below in the Build your Skills Section!
 
Don't miss the website with all the photos from Lobby Day!  Over 100 VAMA members shared their stories with legislators to spread the message:  Housing is About PEOPLE, Not Politics!
There is a "new" scam in the marketplace.  Companies sell something called a CPN that mimics an SSN but leads to a fake credit report.  Make sure you know about this new fraud and protect your screening.
The number of lawsuits claiming violations of the ADA on property management websites are on the rise.  The Federal Government has declined to issue guidance regarding whether or not the ADA applies to websites so the courts are left to interpret the law.  Plaintiffs want every single website to be compatible with software that provides access to persons with disabilities.  Does your website comply?
 
The attached memo from NAA outlines the situation in detail.
  
 
CVAA and VAMA are proud to announce this year's RAMMY Winners! 
 
A record breaking attendance of over 650 people celebrated the nominees for the 2019 RAMMY Awards.  Congratulations to all the Winners and remember...
 
Competition Promotes Excellence!  
Blacksburg became the 2nd locality in Virginia last year to sign an agreement with AirBnb to collect lodging taxes.  $27,000 in taxes was collected from Aug. 1 to Nov. 30 least year an increase of over 100% above the year before.
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Evictions in the news greatly affected the 2019 General Assembly Session.  The unprecedented amount of media attention on our industry, much of it inaccurate, has put immense pressure on the apartment industry to "react" in some way.  VAMA worked diligently over the summer with a group of stakeholders convened by the Housing Commission to develop a package of 6 bills to present to the Legislature.  All of the bills have passed unanimously in their house of origin and will now cross over to the other legislative house for consideration. Attached are all of the items reviewed by VAMA's Government Affairs team at Lobby Day.
Calendar Highlights
 
   
CVAA 2/15/19 Morning Coffee Meeting
BRAC 2/15/19 Fair Housing Certification
HRAC 2/15/19 Morning Coffee Meeting
NRVAC 2/19/19 Fair Housing Certification
CVAA 2/20/19 National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP)
BRAC 2/20/19 Committee Meeting Day
HRAC 2/21/19 608 Universal HVAC Certification
RLRAC 2/21/19 Morning Membership Meeting (Lynchburg) - State of The Market Report
RLRAC 2/22/19 Morning Membership Meeting (Roanoke) - State of The Market Report
CVAA 2/26/19 Fredericksburg Morning Coffee Meeting
HRAC 2/26/19 Events & Education Committee Meeting
VAMA 2/27/19 Committee Meeting Day
RLRAC 2/27/19: New 608 Universal Certification
NRVAC 2/28/19 Breakfast Social
VRHC 2/28/19 Morning Motivator (Harrisonburg) - JMU Updates
CVAA 3/5/19 Advisory Committee Meeting
HRAC 3/5/19 Advisory Committee Meeting
NRVAC 3/6/19 Advisory Committee Meeting
CVAA 3/7/19 Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) Course
HRAC 3/7/19 National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP)
CVAA 3/7/19 Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS) Course
VRHC 3/7/19 Advisory Committee Meeting
RLRAC 3/7/19 Advisory Committee Meeting
CVAA 3/7/19 Mix & Mingle
BRAC 3/12/19 Advisory Committee Meeting
CVAA 3/13/19 Events and Education Committee Meeting
HRAC 3/15/19 Morning Coffee Meeting
VRHC 3/19/19 Lunch & Learn (Winchester)
 
 
Save These Dates:
NAA Advocate - Lobby Day in D.C. - March 5-6
VAMACON - April 24-26, 2019 - Norfolk, VA
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Development News
An old art deco building off Jefferson Davis Highway is slated to become 275 income based apartments with a beer garden and event space.
A set of buildings in Manchester and Shockoe Bottom have sold to an out of town buyer for $33 Million.
Charlottesville has released a comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of Friendship Court and promises zero resident displacement.
Roanoke's population is back to 1980s levels reaching numbers over 100,000.
Purchased for $3.1 Million, the plan for development includes mixed use with 170 apartments.
New tax incentives from the Federal Government aim to promote development in areas of the Commonwealth with high poverty.  This tax incentive allows individuals to rollover "gains" into real estate development.  Click the link for an interactive map.
Lynnhaven Inlet has less boat storage but 200 new apartments and a restaurant are on the way.
Blacksburg Council is considering amending zoning regulations to allow for first floor apartments in commercial zones.  Developers have been asking for changes and they may be coming.
171 income-based apartments are planned for Richmond with views of the skyline to be amenity number one.
RRHA is in process of evaluating bids received from the RFP process, which began last year to rehabilitate Richmond's public housing.
Despite oppostiion from NIMBYs, a 236 development near the Light Rail has passed the planning commission in Norfolk and moves on to the next phase.
11 five story buildings and a total of 500 apartments could take the place of the old Giant grocery store if the planning process results in approval.
Senior Independent Living apartments are planned for the corner of Three Chopt Road and Lauderdale Drive.
Thalhimer purchased, in addition to the 332 apartments across both buildings, two surface parking lots at 109 and 108 W. Grace St., along with a half-acre lot at 321 W. Grace St., which principal Matt Raggi said the firm is evaluating for development.
One management company plans to bring 3 new communities to Virginia Beach in the next 2 years for a total of 562 new units.
The Crowne at Swift Creek off Hull Street in Chesterfield sold to a REIT for $192,000 per unit.