Currently representing over 125,000 units in the Tampa Bay Area, the Bay Area Apartment Association is a non-profit trade association serving the interests of the rental housing industry.
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Tallahassee was cold, but the Legislature provided a warm welcome for 31 members of the BAAA and staff who visited during the Florida Apartment Association’s Legislative Days.
Our members were divided into four teams who made visits to 19 offices of the elected officials in the Bay Area Legislative Delegation – and a couple others – to discuss the FAA’s top two legislative priorities for the upcoming session: Maintaining the integrity of the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund and expanding the allowable repairs made by apartment community maintenance personnel who received CAMT certification from the National Apartment Association.
On the maintenance issue, the elected officials and their policy aides were uniformly in favor of an expanded role to allow those personnel to perform repairs – ones they admitted they would do themselves in their own homes – rather than go to the expense and sometimes long waits for licensed contractors to do them.
The term “no-brainer” was used the most to describe what they thought of the language being offered by FAA to expand maintenance work, and BAAA members found some of their own among the maze of halls at the Capitol office buildings including one former assistant property manager, an official whose parents used to manage and community in Palm Harbor and another who owns apartment buildings.