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Legislative Advocacy


NVSAA's Primary Obligations to its Members and the Industry

It's All About Legislative Advocacy
The Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA) is a non-profit organization who provides the Nevada multi-housing industry with legislative support, education and community outreach to benefit our membership and the communities we serve. Legislatively, we are committed to serving our members on all issues that impact our industry. We strive to monitor all industry-related local, city, state, and federal legislative changes and educate our members on the potential impact to their businesses.  With the assistance of the National Apartment Association (NAA), professional liaisons, retained lobbyists and our dedicated Legislative Committee, we further strive to challenge adverse legislation so as to protect member rights and maintain a viable and productive industry.

Below is a list of legislative issues in 2009 and 2011 which the NVSAA represented its members and worked to ensure these bills did not negatively effect our industry moving forward.

In 2009 alone, the NVSAA helped every property SAVE, on average, $40,800**. NVSAA helped SAVE industry jobs, for both properties and vendors alike.

** Based on a conventional 200 unit property in Las Vegas; Averaging 3 evictions per month, with an average Market Rent of $800 per month, with miscellaneous operating expenses and turnover costs included; Actual amounts varied based on unit count

Legislative Resources for Our Industry

  • DOWNLOAD the 2012 Apartment Industry Priorities from the National Apartment Association (NAA)

  • DOWNLOAD the "Building Blocks of a Smart Economy" Brochure from the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA)

  • DOWNLOAD the NMHC Nevada Data Sheet for the State of Nevada (taken from the 2010 American Community Survey)

  • DOWNLOAD the Nevada State Apartment Association Policy Manual for current elected or appointed public officials and those seeking political office

Why We Invest (and You Should Too!) In Our Industry
A catastrophic legislative storm can create a tremendous amount of damage. Negative legislation and regulations can tremendously affect YOUR RESIDENTS, YOUR CLIENTS, YOUR JOB, and YOUR COMPANY’S FINANCIAL SECURITY. The NVSAA advocates for and against legislation related to the problems and concerns of rental housing owners and professionals, but we need your HELP! Candidates elected during this election cycle will become the “decision makers” of tomorrow. The NVSAA supports those candidates who UNDERSTAND and are receptive to our industry’s positions.

NVSAA members play a crucial role in protecting the industry’s bottom line by investing in NVSAA’s LAF (Legislative Affairs Fund).

If you DO NOT protect your industry, WHO will? In order to make an impact and a difference in our industry WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION TODAY. Invest in the NVSAA LAF today and help us be the voice of the rental housing industry in Nevada.


Meet Our Legislative Team

  • Debbie Blackford, Picerne Real Estate Group
  • Eric Newmark, NVSAA Legal Counsel and ESQ at Karsaz Law
  • Greg Peek, ERGS (Reno)
  • Janice Richards, Camden Property Trust
  • Linda Short, ComAm Management
  • Michael Fazio, Nevada State Apartment Association
  • Roberta Ross, The Ross (Reno)
  • Susan Bauman, Western Risk Insurance
  • Brenda Lovato, GSC
  • Taylor Verhaalen, Stout Management Company
  • Phyllis Garcia, Pinnacle
  • LOBBYIST TEAM of Capitol Partners LLC

Thank you to all who have DONATED this calendar year.  The NVSAA appreciates your support.



Upcoming Events


NVSAA Training Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
December 3, 2015 | 8:00a - 4:30p &
December 4, 2015 | 8:00a - 4:30p
Now through December 4th, 2015
Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
December 12, 2015 | 5:30p - 11:00p
Belfor Facility
Reno, Nevada
December 18, 2015 | 1:00p - 4:00p
The 11th Annual Market Trends - Save the Date!
Details and Registration Information Coming Soon!
The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 11, 2016
Fair Housing with Nadeen Green - Save the Date!
Details and Registration Information Coming in early 2016
Palace Station
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 7, 2016 | 9:00a - 12:00p
The 3rd Annual Reno Jewel Awards - Save the Date!
Details and Nomination Information Coming in Early 2016
Reno, Nevada
April 9, 2016

Latest News

Published Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Exciting Times for NVSAA! 
Introducing Our New Billing Structure


This is a very exciting time for us! We are offering more opportunities for our members than ever in key areas: Education, Legislative, Networking.

We are also creating ways to do business better. This allows us to build upon our foundation, and facilitate future growth.

The Nevada State Apartment Association is pleased to announce a streamlined billing structure for our membership. We are moving to a calendar year membership cycle where all members will pay their dues in January and enjoy membership benefits through December of that year.

The goal is to shift our entire membership to this more efficient billing cycle by January 1, 2017.

As such, it’s important to begin the process now. Handling membership in this manner is in line with many other Associations across the country and is design designed to minimize confusion on expiration dates and make the budgeting process easier.

Our goal is to make the transition as easy as possible:

If your membership renewal falls due between September 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. You will receive an invoice that includes the remaining months of 2015 and all of 2016. Conveniently, your membership will be paid through the end of 2016. The remaining association members expiring in 2016 will receive prorated invoices to finish out next year’s membership. This process puts us on track to begin annual billing for the association, as a whole, in 2017.

Thank you for your cooperation as we make these changes! YOU are what makes the NVSAA the premier multi-family housing association in the region. Let’s keep going and growing!

If you have questions, you can reach me at 702.862.0165

My best to you,

Shelly A. Cochran

Executive Director


Published Friday, April 17, 2015

Record-setting tourism and the strongest convention attendance in several years are driving employment growth and creating apartment demand Las Vegas. Job growth is well above the national average, spurring developers to complete projects that were mothballed since the recession. In addition, multifamily permitting is trending more than 60 percent higher as builders rush to keep up with demand for rental space. While more than 1,400 apartments have been completed during the past year, vacancy fell sharply and concession activity nearly halted on well-located properties near employment hubs. The leisure and hospitality sector is providing the biggest job gains in the economy, although more corporations are relocating to the metro due to its position as a travel destination and the lack of a state income tax. The new workers hired by these companies are choosing to rent in prime areas to the southwest of the city, close to shopping centers, freeways and the Strip. Single-family housing costs in these areas are above the metro average, spurring strong rental growth and pushing vacancy down. Tightening operations will lift rents up 3.4 percent this year, more than 100 basis points above inflation.

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015

You can be THE FIRST to know what's happening in the Las Vegas housing market each and every month. FastFacts is the e-newsletter that tells you exactly what's going on in both the new and existing home market in terms of volume, prices, and trends.

Published Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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