August 2020 | The monthly e-newsletter of the Florida Apartment Association
What's New in the FAA
Mark your calendar to join us LIVE on 10/15/20 at 10 a.m. when FAA presents the 2020 FAA Annual Meeting as a virtual experience! This event is complimentary for all FAA members.

Special guest Sarah Thomas will deliver her keynote “Making My Mark: My Journey to Becoming the First NFL Official," and inspire YOU to make YOUR mark. Watch the video below for a sneak peek.
Be a part of FAA’s historic web-based experience which will include:
  • President Katie Wrenn's final FAA address as president
  • Incoming President Kimberly Maggard's inaugural address
  • The State of the Association address with Josh Gold
  • A celebration of our 2020 Leadership Lyceum graduates
  • And more!

The meeting and keynote address will be complimentary to all FAA members, and attendance will be eligible for 1.5 continuing education credits. Register now.
Notice of Meeting
The annual meeting of the membership of the Florida Apartment Association shall take place concurrently with the FAA Board of Directors Meeting on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. It will be held in Orange meeting rooms A-C at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819. This notice is hereby given more than 30 days in advance of the meeting in compliance with FAA Bylaws Article VIII, Section 2, and Article XIV, Section 2.

The Board of Directors will elect officers to the FAA Executive Committee. The nominating committee will present the following slate:  

President: Kimberly Maggard (AAGO)
Vice President: Kristi Novak (SEFAA)
Treasurer: Jimmy Chestnut (BAAA)
Secretary: Ricardo Alicea (AAGO)

Space is limited in order to comply with social distancing and other precautions, therefore, registration is required. Register now.
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FAA Legislative Platform Meeting Open to All
The annual FAA Legislative Platform Meeting will take place on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. in Orange meeting rooms A-C at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819. FAA members are encouraged to submit policy ideas and concerns prior to the meeting by completing an advocacy survey. Space is limited in order to comply with social distancing and other precautions, therefore, registration is required. Register now.
APAC Board of Directors to Discuss Potential Bylaws Change
The Board of Directors of the FAA Apartment Political Action Committee will meet on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. in Orange meeting rooms A-C at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819. The board will discuss and possibly vote on a potential change to the APAC bylaws. The changes appearing in blue in this document would move APAC's existing local campaign contribution policy into APAC's formal bylaws. In addition, the changes would clarify that local affiliates can request up to 30% of the funds raised by the local affiliate in a 2-year campaign/election cycle beginning January 1, 2021. This change will give affiliates greater flexibility to utilize APAC funds for local campaigns over the course of an election cycle versus being limited to using a portion of the funds raised on an annual basis. 
2021 FAA Legislative Conference Registration Opens Sept. 29
Registration will open September 29 for the 2021 FAA Legislative Conference, to be held February 1-3 in Tallahassee. Learn more.
Future FAA Leaders Complete Third and Final Education Module
FAA Leadership Lyceum students met August 20 at AAGO headquarters to learn about legislative advocacy from FAA staff members Amanda Gill and Will Jaycox. U.S. Rep Darren Soto and FAA Past President Bonnie Smetzer were among the guest speakers appearing virtually. The FAA Leadership Lyceum class of 2020 will graduate at the FAA Annual Meeting, which will be broadcast on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. Register now for the FAA 2020 Annual Meeting. Learn more about the FAA Leadership Lyceum program at
In an effort to help the apartment industry achieve compliance with Florida's new human trafficking awareness training requirements, FAA is making available to all members a FREE virtual Human Trafficking Awareness Training.

This training will feature a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) approved training curriculum from the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking. All FAA members who complete this training will be eligible for a completion certificate, which can be used to confirm an employee's compliance with the new human trafficking awareness training requirements outlined in Florida law in Section 509.096.

A new report on compensation and benefits for multifamily professionals throught Florida is now available. The FAA 2020 Compensation and Benefits Report includes state data for all major job categories. Regional reports include data for each of FAA's 10 affiliate regions. Read more and purchase your copy today.
FAA Prepares to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Florida Apartment Association, and FAA staff are already planning how to celebrate the milestone. This photo featuring FAA suppliers showing off their spirit is just one of many blasts from the past we'll be sharing with you in the coming months. Upload YOUR favorite photo blasts from the past here and we'll share as many as we can.
Recordings of webinars on a variety of timely topics can be accessed by FAA members at You will need to log in and register to view:
  • Keeping Your Teams Motivated During Tough Times, Like Right Now, Jackie Ramstedt, CAM, CAPS, CAS
  • Teleworking: It Doesn't Have to Be This Hard, Beth Ziesenis
  • Building a Sense of Community Remotely, Lia Nichole Smith
  • How to Close the Lease in Uncertain Times, Matt Easton
  • COVID-19, Animals, and Criminal Offenders: The Fair Housing Connection, Theresa L. Kitay
  • Developing Company Culture — Even During a Crisis, Jamie Notter
  • Successfully Marketing, Selling, and Exhibiting During a Time of Crisis, Jefferson Davis (supplier-focused)
  • Post-COVID Predictions: Using Renter Data to Forecast Florida's Multifamily Industry, Lia Nichole Smith
As part of its commitment to keep members informed about issues that may affect you, your businesses, and your residents, the Florida Apartment Association is maintaining an online resource center regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources include:
  • Executive orders issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  • FAQs, best practices, and sample letters you can use to comply with these orders.
  • Information regarding new federal programs, including the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act; and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
  • Local government activity in Florida related to COVID-19, such as court closures, suspensions of writs of possession, shelter-in-place orders, and curfews.
  • Links to government agencies and other resources.

Visit to view the most recent guidance from FAA.
From the NAA
With the ongoing circumstances related to COVID-19, Apartmentalize in Dallas has been cancelled and will move to an entirely digital conference, APTvirtual. NAA has announced that this year's Apartmentalize will include a virtual component, APTvirtual. The in-person event will take place in conjunction with the Assembly of Delegates in Dallas, November 4-6. Learn more and register at
To address the need for greater flexibility, employers should consider loosening paid time-off policies. Read more.
Pet fees are up while late fees are down. 
Supplier Updates
The annual meeting of the FAA Florida Suppliers Council will take place Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. in Orange meeting rooms A-C at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819. New FSC officers will be elected.

Space is limited in order to comply with social distancing and other precautions, therefore, registration is required to enable FAA to plan for appropriate social distancing and other precautions. Register now.
View the agenda and report of the FSC Nominating Committee here.  
Target FAA Members with Value-Added Website Ads
Members and nonmembers frequently visit for a wide range of information, including event updates, job postings, resources about the COVID-19 crisis, and so much more. For the remainder of 2020, if you purchase a website ad for a minimum of three months, you will get two additional months of exposure at no cost. Click to view details, or contact for more advertising opportunities.
FAA offers opportunities to reach prospects at events throughout the year. Learn more.
Upcoming Events
Several FAA affiliates have rescheduled trade shows. View a list here
FAA is a federation of 10 local affiliates, representing more than 750,000 apartment homes in Florida. All community, management company, and supplier members in good standing of a local affiliate are automatically members of FAA and NAA.

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