River Region Apartment Association

February 2020

Our Mission

To serve as the voice of the multifamily industry providing education, leadership, and protection for apartment communities, owners, and vendors. We strive to be the most valuable resource for the apartment housing industry and our members.

2020 RRAA Sponsor Members

Thank you to our 2020 Diamond and Gold Sponsors for your generosity and support of the

River Region Apartment Association!

Without your sponsorship, the 2020 events and education for our membership

would not be possible!


DIAMOND Members

Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law

Apartments.com

Chadwell Supply

Darby Law Firm, LLC

Kyser Furniture Leasing


GOLD Members

Carol's Carpet

HD Supply

Real Floors

RentPath

Signal 88

Montgomery Economic Development & Apartment Market Outlook Was Amazing!

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Wow! What an amazing educational event we had yesterday! Thank you to everyone who attended!

We were joined by Jim Andrews, President of Litho Publishing, Inc and Vice President Business Development, Capitol One Multifamily Finance who shared information on local Multifamily Trends, Transaction Reports, Multifamily Financial Data and much more!


We also had the pleasure of hearing from Ellen McNair, with the Montgomery Chamber regarding the growth and opportunities that are happening within Montgomery! We were all excited to learn more about the much anticipated construction of the $50M white water park scheduled to begin construction downtown soon. She shared vital information for each of us on new industries and opportunities in the city.



Thank you again to our 2020 Diamond Sponsors: Angie Ingram Atty at Law, Apartments.com, Chadwell Supply, The Darby Law Firm and Kyser Furniture Leasing for sponsoring all of our education events this year.

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Contact your local Trane Rep.

Jennah McArthur

334-425-5334


Air Engineers has an entire team of employees at five locations. These professionals are trained to do their job and expected "To Exceed Customer Expectations through Unequaled Service."

Our trained professional inside sales team can assist you on parts, equipment, accessories and provide direction on other needs you may have. You take great pride in your work and your reputation. We take great pride in supporting you. Our team of Territory Managers, or TMs, provide an important link between your business and Air Engineers. They are responsible for ensuring you get whatever is needed to increase your profit potential. This includes business training opportunities, marketing assistance, and the support plus resources for you to achieve and maintain the high standards you have set in every aspect of your business.

WE PROVIDE UNEQUALED SERVICES

Our inventory of products include one brand-Trane. That's how strongly we feel about the products we provide. Virtually every total system combination is available in our AE warehouse. We offer efficiency levels ranging from 13.0 to 21.0 SEER plus over $8 million in inventory. Air Engineers is a distributor with 70 plus years of experience at your service.



Be Sure to Visit our New Website!

www.aireng.com

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Open for Suggestions...

Do you see a need for a particular educational offering?

Please send us your ideas! We're always looking for new educational classes to offer our members! Email Katie with your ideas and recommendations.

rraa1972@gmail.com

Alabama Apartment Association News

In January, we had several of our members installed as part of the Alabama Apartment Association Board of Directors for 2020. Thank you all for you hard work and dedication to our industry!
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February 12th, 2020- Alabama Apartment Association- Legislative Reception

Great night co-hosting the Alabama Legislative Reception in Montgomery, AL with some amazing organizations!
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Take the Hassle Out of Leasing


NAA Click & Lease combines multiple user-friendly features to ensure a streamlined execution and maintenance of compliant leasing documents. Watch the video to learn how NAA Click & Lease helps property managers to simplify the leasing process and reduce risk.


With Click & Lease, everything you need is online and easily accessible. Speed up the preparation of legal documents, make your leasing process more efficient and streamline applications for prospective residents.

Click here for more info.

Website Accessibility Compliance under the ADA and FHA

Dear NAA Member:

Since mid-2017, there has been an uptick in the number of lawsuits filed against companies operating consumer-facing websites under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), alleging that the websites do not provide appropriate accommodations for those with vision or hearing disabilities.

More recently, we are seeing an increase in website accessibility lawsuits asserting claims under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), in addition to the claims asserted under the ADA. The FHA claims generally allege that the lack of accessible housing websites exists as a barrier to equal housing opportunities. While website compliance under the ADA is a growing issue for those in the apartment management industry, these lawsuits also target many other industries such as financial services, hospitality, retail, energy, fitness and healthcare, to name a few.

Please join us for an engaging and informative webinar on Jan 22, 2020, 2 P.M. ET by Anthony Mingione of Blank Rome that will provide an overview of website accessibility lawsuits, a framework to assess your company’s exposure, website accessibility compliance under the FHA and ADA and proactive steps to mitigate future risk. We look forward to your participation.


Register HERE:
https://naahq.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bA0L4-QST-eT9DtPAtPI1A



Best regards,

Scot J. Haislip, Esq
Vice President of Legal Affairs and Counsel


National Apartment Association
4300 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 800, Arlington, VA 22203
shaislip@naahq.org | www.naahq.org

HUD Assistance and Emotional Support Animals

On January 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released new guidance to clarify the responsibilities of both rental housing providers and renters concerning reasonable accommodation requests for emotional support animals (ESAs) in housing. NAA staff has reviewed the guidance and is working with industry experts to update NAA’s ESA products accordingly, including NAA’s ESA Toolkit and NAAEI's ESA course. In light of the revised guidance, you are strongly advised to consult your legal counsel before taking any action regarding emotional support animal requests.

Best regards,

Scot J. Haislip, Esq
Vice President of Legal Affairs and Counsel

Removal of the Daily Late Fee Provision in the NAA Lease Contract

Dear Members,

NAA’s Legal Affairs team tracks litigation trends in the industry – a consistent issue has been late fees. With late fees under scrutiny and the recent increase in late fee litigation and legislation across the country, NAA has made the decision to remove the daily late fee provision from the NAA Lease Contract in states in which it currently appears. However, a field for the collection of a late fee will remain.

Going forward, if you would like to include a daily late fee provision, we encourage you to work with your local counsel to add the daily late fee language to the Special Provisions section of the lease.

We will continue to provide two (2) weeks advance notice prior to the release of these changes in affected states. We are sending this notice to provide you with as much advance notice as possible.

Please reach out to Scot Haislip or Ayiesha Beverly if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Scot Haislip
VP and Counsel of Legal Affairs
National Apartment Association

2020 Dues Have Been Sent!

Make sure you've paid your membership dues so you don't miss out on any member benefits, such as access to the NAA Blue Moon Lease as well as RRAA's FREE educational classes and events!

Contact Katie at rraa1972@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We need your help!

Apartment Association SuperStars,
Hatching Hope is working hard to get this program information out to as many people as possible! This is such a powerful way for the industry to get involved by donating property appliances and furniture. One refrigerator provides for three people displaced by disaster!

#MultifamilyStrong when disasters strike! Together we have served nearly 8,000 Residents, and Pets with Hatching Hope disaster relief kits and heartfelt humanitarian aide. Here is how YOU can HELP.

http://hatchinghopecares.org/

Hatching Hope "Into Transition"

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Member Mentions

Is your team crushing their goals? Is someone on your team getting married or having a baby? Let's shout out all of our hard working teams in the River Region Apartment Association! Email Katie at rraa1972@gmail.com to get your team members mentioned here and on our Facebook page!

2020 Diamond Sponsors

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2020 Gold Sponsors

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2020 RRAA Leadership

Association Director

Katie Suchocki

334-450-1455

Executive Officers:


President
Samantha Lord, Barrington Place at Somerset
334-356-6850

President Elect

Angela Tucker, Sturbridge Commons
334-270-0111


Past President

Jeff Davis, Hunt Properties

334-262-1630


Secretary

Courtney Lowry, Addison Park

334-277-2601


Treasurer
Brandy Hitson, Apartments.com
334-313-2261

Parliamentarian
Eddie Gillenwater, Arbour Valley
334-676-1342


Board Members:

Rochelle Crawford, Bristol Downs
334-277-0883

Brenda McDonald, Saddleback Ridge

334-244-6832


Lesley Traver, LMS

334-270-0111


Joe Johnson, Hunt Properties

334-262-1630


Kevin Kiser, HD Supply
334-462-8600


Angie Ingram, Angie Ingram, Attorney at Law, LLC
205-440-1786


Brett Wallace, Carol's Carpet

334-721-0467


Cori Byrd, Rentpath

334-324-4013

Get involved with RRAA

The River Region Association is now accepting applications for Board Members, Volunteers, and Sponsors! Contact Katie Suchocki, our Association Executive TODAY, for more information at rraa1972@gmail.com.