The Indiana Apartment Association is the only organization that lobbies the State Legislature on behalf of the multifamily housing industry. Our responsibility to our members is to make sure your voice is heard in the halls of the Indiana Statehouse. The General Assembly is a part-time elected body that alternates each year with a long and short session. The legislative session begins in January of each year. IAA uses its contacts and years of lobbying experience to track bills as they move through the process.
During the session, IAA is at the Statehouse daily meeting with lawmakers and their staffs to assure the interests of the multifamily industry are met.
To see the full list of all the bills IAA is tracking during the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly, go to the Legislative Action Center.
While we are currently tracking dozens of bills, we have highlighted a few below (Click on the bill title for more information):
IAA has been battling municipalities over the adoption of rental registration/inspection ordinances that charge exorbitant annual fees from $50 to $250 per unit. Two years ago, the governor signed a law that limits a city or town to use the collected fees only for the registration program. Municipalities have largely ignored this law and continued to pass ordinances with large fees attached and earmarked that money for other areas of their budgets, including police departments.
HB1313, which was introduced by Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, currently:
Provides that to be a managing broker licensed under the real estate licensing law, an individual must meet certain requirements. Provides that real estate licenses are valid for a term of three years and expire on a date set by the licensing agency. Removes a requirement that the Indiana real estate commission must adopt certain rules annually. Specifies the continuing education needed for managing brokers during the transition period for the licensing provisions taking effect July 1, 2014. Requires that instructors providing training for real estate licensees must have permits to teach.
Requires that the battery in a battery operated smoke detector installed in hotels, motels, and dwellings be a tamper resistant 10 year lithium battery.
Provides that in the case of real property that is the subject of a property tax appeal in which the gross assessed value is determined by the property tax assessment board of appeals (PTABOA), if the assessed value is increased above the amount determined by the PTABOA the assessor has the burden of proving that the assessment is correct. Specifies that this provision does not apply to real property that was valued using the income capitalization approach in an appeal. Specifies, however, that the assessed value is to be adjusted for the annual adjustment factor, the general reassessment of real property, and any physical change to the property. Provides that the assessed value may be changed if the ownership of the property changes.
Along with other tax matters, this bill clearly defines the term "common areas" for purposes of the circuit breaker credit law.
Provides that for purposes of the statutes governing municipal sewer utilities and storm water works, a lien does not attach for user fees assessed against real property occupied by someone other than the owner if either of the following applies: (1) The property owner or the tenant gives notice to the entity assessing the fees that the tenant is responsible for paying the fees and requests that the account or other customer or billing records maintained by the assessing entity for the property be in the name of the tenant. (2) The account or other customer or billing records maintained by the assessing entity for the property otherwise indicate that: (A) the property is occupied by someone other than the owner; and (B) the person occupying the property is responsible for paying the user fees for the property.
Requires each municipality to adopt an ordinance requiring the annual registration of owners of one or two family residential rental property beginning April 1, 2016. Requires an owner of such residential rental property to designate for each such rental property a local agent who is physically located in Indiana. Provides that the local agent is responsible for operating the rental property in compliance with all applicable laws and ordinances, providing access to rental premises for inspections necessary to ensure compliance with the applicable laws and ordinances, maintaining a current list of the names and contact numbers of the tenants of each rental unit for which the local agent is responsible, and accepting all legal notices or service of process with respect to the rental property.
Establishes a methamphetamine decontamination grant program to provide grants to property owners for the cleanup of property damaged by the manufacture of methamphetamine. Specifies that a person may receive the lesser of: (1) 50% of the cleanup costs; or (2) $10,000. Requires disclosure if a property was previously used as a site to manufacture methamphetamine, unless the property is certified as decontaminated by an inspector approved by the department of environmental management.