The National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) have decided to end their joint legislative program as of March 1, 2009. Over the past 17 years, the NMHC has represented both organizations before Congress, federal agencies, and the judicial branch.

“We have accomplished a great deal on behalf of the apartment industry as a result of this partnership, and we will continue to collaborate with NAA and other real estate organizations where appropriate on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level,” says Doug Bibby, NMHC president.

Michael Tompkins, 2008 NAA chairman of the board, says when the partnership began, NAA was not able to properly represent its members on legislative and regulatory issues at the federal level. “Today, however, the association has grown to the point where we believe we can effectively serve our members' needs,” he says.

Both groups feel having independent programs will be a positive step.

“[NMHC is] in a unique position to provide public policy leadership for the apartment sector thanks to our longterm relationships with key policymakers and our team of widely respected expert staff members. We are dedicated to enhancing that effort further,” says Ric Campo, CEO of Camden Property Trust and NMHC chairman.

Ron Shelton, NAA chairman-elect, adds, “We believe that having independent programs will provide increased awareness and double the vigilance on the industry's pressing issues.”