Local Legislative Update - July 2021

By Jamie McMillen posted 07-06-2021 12:57:00 PM


ACAR’s Government Affairs Department has been going non-stop. The following update was shared at the Legislative Committee’s most recent meeting. If you are interested in joining the Legislative Committee, you can sign up here or email
the Vice President of Government Affairs to learn more.

         ACAR sent a letter to Senator Sherrod Brown encouraging support for funding that would go to the Lead Safe Cleveland Fund. As you know, property owners may tap into this fund to help with the lead remediation of their rental properties. For more information on the fund, click here.

        ACAR also signed on to a letter to members of the Ohio Senate asking that an amendment offered by Sen. Huffman be removed, as it would essentially increase property taxes on affordable housing developments to the point that it would no longer be something developers could do and be able to offer affordable housing rates. Ohio Realtors, along with dozens of other housing organizations, signed on. It seems that this is one issue everyone agrees should be pulled from the state budget and considered on its own merits. Learn more about the Ohio Budget and the wins for the real estate industry here.

         The ACAR Board of Directors recently approved a letter of support for the Summit County Housing Trust Fund. Unlike many other housing trust funds, this is a public and private partnership, and funding did not come from a tax increase. You can learn more here.

         Many of our more than 100 municipalities have been taking a close look at housing-related policies including, but not limited to, zoning code updates and rental regulations. Pay To Stay and rental policies continue to pop up across the region. Of note, Warrensville Heights amended its housing code to require garages. A similar law exists in Newburgh Heights. There is an appeal process for owners to utilize under certain circumstances.

         Finally, save the date for our annual Pancakes & Politics event, which is scheduled for September 2, 2021, at the Winking Lizard Party Center in Bedford. Speaker and topics will be announced soon.