Every year, state legislatures consider legislation on mold and lead based paint liability, landlord/tenant relations, affordable housing and more. If you are not present and prepared to offer your perspective on these issues, who will?
Why Should You Be Involved in NARPM® Efforts?
Do you feel like the government understands residential property management? Could you help elected officials at all levels of government better understand your business and industry?
Nearly every state has a law regulating landlord/tenant interaction. Is the law in your state fair to both parties? Does it adequately protect your interests as well as the landlord’s and the tenant’s interests? Is there anything you would change about your landlord/tenant law?
Are property managers licensed in your state? Are you happy with the licensing laws in your state? If you are not licensed in your state, are there other groups seeking to change that? How do you feel about that?
Lobbying and addressing YOUR government with your concerns is YOUR RIGHT under the United States Constitution. Elected officials serve at the pleasure of their constituents, and have a duty to represent the interests which are important to their constituents. YOU are a constituent, and your elected officials were elected to serve you.
Individuals lobbying can and do make a difference at all levels of government. Elected officials make important decisions every day, often with little input from their constituents. Elected officials want to know how their constituents feel about the issues they vote on. Elected officials cannot be experts on every subject they are asked to vote on. They appreciate input from experts on topics with which they are unfamiliar.
It Starts at the Local Level
Your NARPM® chapter is likely the only organization in your area which specializes in single-family residential property management. Therefore, your chapter is inherently well positioned as the only expert to whom elected officials can turn for advice. However, elected officials are not likely to seek you out for that advice.
You must be proactive about seeking them out to offer your advice!
Working with the government through NARPM® and your local chapter, you will become part of a much stronger team that can communicate your concerns more effectively than any single individual. Your chapter needs your input and involvement to build a strong grassroots presence!