CHPA Protects the Industry

NEW: CHPA has contracted with legislative tracking service Multistate to provide new advocacy resources for members. These resources include a real-time, searchable legislative bill tracker designed to give you the most up-to-date information on what's happening in the markets in which you operate, as well as a database that allows members to search all existing legislation that impacts the corporate housing industry by city. You must be logged in to access these resources.

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Current issues

  • Canada - Updated 8.12.19

    The Toronto City Council passed a short term/hotel tax in 2018.There is an appeal that is being heard by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal on August 26, 2019. Additional background information on this issue can be found here. To better understand the appeal, click here. If you would like to receive updates about the short-term rental registry and licensing program, contact mlsfeedback@toronto.ca to be added to the City of Toronto's mailing list.

  • Los Angeles - Updated 8.12.19 

    As of July 1, short-term regulation is in place for less than 30 day stays. Currently, the only groups that can operate short term rentals of less than 30 days are hotels and single family owners that are the primary residents. Additional regulations are being considered by the City Council and CHPA members currently supporting these initiatives will meet on August 21 to discuss. If you would like to be included in these discussions, please contact Mary Ann Passi, CEO, to discuss participation options.

  • Massachusetts - Updated 8.12.19

    Several regulations are in place with both the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts. Ensure that your company is in compliance by accessing the Department of Revenue’s FAQs to understand these new regulations. More background on these issues can be found here.

  • San Francisco - Updated 11.13.19

    On Friday, November 8, San Francisco-based members of CHPA and our hired lobbyist representatives met in person with the Supervisor who is proposing a new ordinance that codifies "intermediate length housing" as a new housing classification in the local planning code. This ordinance would also establish tenant rules and disclosure requirements, a new reporting process for current operators to provide data to the City on a regular basis, a ban on any corporate housing that utilizes Below Market Rate (BMR), student housing, or pre-1979 rent controlled units, a new authorization process for all corporate housing produced as a result of new developments going forward, and a city-wide cap of 500 units on these pre-development units. 

    Overall, the meeting was positive and productive. The Supervisor was very receptive, understands the importance of corporate housing as an "essential component of the housing stock in any urban society," and is willing to work with CHPA to "get the policy right." The Supervisor made it clear that the original intent of this legislation was not to ban corporate housing outright or stifle the industry, rather to bring all stakeholders together and get the conversation started. Ultimately, his office would like to create a regulatory framework under which this industry can effectively operate, bring potential bad actors into compliance, afford protections to BMR, student, and rent controlled units, give the City the opportunity to study this housing market going forward (to inform future policymaking), and create a process for new units being created during the planning process. The Supervisor also made clear that his office introduced this legislation in order to establish a "fee nexus" between this class of housing and potential resources that would help meeting the City's affordable housing stabilization and production goals. 

    The Supervisor is open to amending the legislation and working collaboratively with CHPA and our representatives as an ongoing industry partner in order to make sure that we craft a policy together that is fair and accurate. Going forward, the San Francisco-based members of CHPA will continue our communication with the Supervisor's Office in order to participate in the policymaking process, as well as meet with other members of the Board of Supervisors to educate them along the way as to the importance of this industry to a diverse makeup of San Francisco clients. The legislation itself will be up in the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee likely in two weeks where amendments can be offered, before heading to the full Board of Supervisors for two rounds of final voting as per the legislative process. Our local members will be organizing a coalition of third party supporters to send letters and speak on behalf of the industry as well, which will also be helpful to the process.  

    To monitor these issues, visit the city's bill tracking page and legislative digest here


     

How CHPA SUpports Members

CHPA proactively monitors proposed legislation that may impact corporate housing providers, leading member efforts to educate and influence legislators, while mobilizing vital resources to address issues of concern. We encourage you to stay current on legislation and tax issues in your local communities, and bring those issues or concerns to the attention of CHPA leadership. Contact us to report a legislative issue.

CHPA represents and supports members via communication, education and advocacy.

Education:

Notifying members of an issue and alerting them to the potential impact on their businesses is often the initial step of CHPA getting involved. Coordinating a general informational meeting at the annual conference or via teleconference, the discussion is then led by the member that brought forward the issue to the leadership’s attention. The purpose of this initial meeting is to inform potentially-impacted members of the concern.

  • Several options on how to move forward are proposed, including the option not to pursue any action.
  • Member consensus dictates the next step.

Staff coordinates legislative efforts in partnership with at least one Association member representative who acts as the main contact for the CHPA CEO. This member is available for counsel on items regarding the legislative initiative that require a quick response.

EDUCATION

If member consensus is to pursue the issue further, we work to educate those affected about the issue. This is both internal education of members on the issue and external education of legislators on our industry, often outlining the potential impact of the proposed legislation.

  • Staff and identified leaders of each initiative get more information on the issue to share with the group. An actual draft of legislation or the applicable law is shared whenever available.
  • Emails, teleconferences and memos are provided to members to keep them informed on the legislative issue.
  • Staff compiles information and materials to inform legislators and/or staffers on the Association and the industry.

ADVOCACY

At times, more action and expertise is needed. If members determine to organize a coordinated effort for or against the draft legislation, the issue moves into the ‘advocacy’ phase.

  • If the legislative issue requires expertise, the CEO and the lead member find an attorney, a lobbyist, public relations firm, or other recommended experts on the critical topics or legislation.
  • The CEO and/or lead member negotiate with these consultants for their services. The agreement and financial commitment is shared with the entire group. Only with the group’s agreement to support the initiative with both information and funding, are agreements signed with outside consultants.
  • The CEO is the main contact for any consultants hired for a legislative initiative. The CEO’s role is to:
    • Communicate with the group, keeping them apprised of developments.
    • Compile the information needed by the consultants.
    • Prepare materials to be used by the consultants.
    • Act as a clearinghouse of information between consultants and the members.
    • Keep the Board of Directors informed of all legislative initiatives.
    • File all required lobbying reports with the appropriate city and state legislative agencies.
  • Consultants, members and/or staff may meet with legislators or administration staffers to educate them and inform them of the impact on corporate housing.
  • Lobbyists may meet on behalf of CHPA members to deliver messages crafted with participating member companies.
  • Any action steps taken on behalf of the members must be approved by the members in the initiative.