November 2020 | The monthly e-newsletter of the Florida Apartment Association
What's New in the FAA
The 2021 FAA Legislative Conference and 2021 winter governance meetings will take place virtually. The governance meetings will be conducted over Zoom on Monday, January 25; Friday, January 29; Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2. A live, interactive broadcast of the legislative briefing will take place on Wednesday, February 3. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions before breaking out into separate rooms to caucus with their affiliates regarding virtual meetings with legislators and legislative staff. A full list of events as well as links to register can be found at

Note: You must log in as an FAA member and register separately for each meeting or event. Learn more.
Do you have a passion for the apartment industry and are you looking to become more involved in FAA's advocacy efforts? The Florida Apartment Association is preparing for a very busy 2021 Legislative Session and the association needs your help. FAA is in the process of recruiting volunteers who are interested in serving on the Legislative Committee or the Apartment Political Action Committee (APAC) Board of Directors.

Read more and then email Amanda Gill, FAA governement affairs director, at [email protected].

Please note: Volunteering to serve does not guarantee a spot on the Legislative Committee or the APAC Board of Directors. The volunteer slots are ultimately appointed by the FAA president.

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FAA members watched the first-ever virtual event of its kind, the 2020 FAA Annual Meeting on 10/15/20 at 10 a.m. A recording of the event is available, complimentary to members, at

The event includes the keynote address “Making My Mark: My Journey to Becoming the First NFL Official," by Sarah Thomas, plus:
  • 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!

Members who use their member login to access the event are eligible for 1.5 continuing education credits.
Municipal policies and historical economic and racial disparities contribute to a lack of housing affordability in Florida cities, a report commissioned by the Florida Apartment Association has found. FAA partnered with HR&A Advisors, a real estate and public policy consulting firm, to conduct the study, Drivers of Multifamily Costs and Affordability in Florida. The research focused on Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, and included an assessment of housing demand, interviews with housing developers, and evaluations of various local policies to determine the rent needed to make new apartment development viable in each metro region. The study identified key factors driving apartment rents and included recommendations for municipalities to partner with the multifamily housing industry. Read more.
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A limited number of slots are still available for FAA members who are interested in leadership roles on the local or state level to step up and participate in the 2021 FAA Leadership Lyceum. All Leadership Lyceum nominations must come from the student's affiliate association executive. Registration is first come, first served and space is limited. Read more here and hear from Leadership Lyceum graduates here.
A report on compensation and benefits for multifamily professionals throughout 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.
Photo submitted by Dale Pritchard
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
NAA’s annual survey offers needed insight to get properties and portfolios ready for the year ahead. Read the Executive Summary and access ordering information.
Registration is open for Apartmentalize in Chicago, happening June 16-18, 2021. To ensure all precautions and social distancing guidelines are met, next year’s event attendance will be capped. Learn more and reserve your spot today!
NAA’s newest performance management and compliance software allows property management companies to consolidate processes and systems into one place for ease of use and transparency. Automate, save time and trust that your properties are remaining compliant. Read more.
As the 2020 elections wrap, the National Apartment Association (NAA) is developing a framework for what lies ahead on the legislative and regulatory landscape for the apartment industry. And, as the country continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we must look to possible relief efforts and existing broad, general policy stances of our elected officials to fully understand what could happen after Inauguration Day. Read more.
Supplier Updates
The Florida Suppliers Council will meet via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 1.
Mark your calendar and register now, then stay tuned for an agenda.
Plan now to celebrate the Florida Apartment Association's "Proud Past and Promising Future" at the 2021 FAA Annual Conference & Trade Show, October 13-15 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. More details, including a link to the prospectus for exhibitors and sponsors, will be posted at as they become available.
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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 [email protected] for more advertising opportunities.
FAA offers opportunities to reach prospects at events throughout the year. Learn more.
Upcoming Events
FAA is a federation of 10 local affiliates, representing more than 800,000 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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