Community associations have a keen interest in state and local laws and how they affect their self-governance. CAI’s state legislative action committees provide invaluable services by working with legislators and other government officials to craft reasonable laws and regulations for community association stakeholders.

The federal government also impacts community associations. CAI members who serve devote time, expertise, and resources to educate and advocate on behalf of the community association housing model before Congress and federal government agencies.

The FedLAC has approved legislative and regulatory priorities for 2021 and the 117th Congress. These 2021 federal priority issues focus on helping community associations through the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues important to the day-to-day operations of our communities.

Below is a summary of CAI’s 2021 federal legislative priority issues.

COVID-19 relief. CAI continues to advocate for federal resources to help community association boards, homeowners, and business partners emerge strong from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Support for housing. CAI supports legislation to create a Homeowner Assistance Fund to provide housing security for community association homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Limiting liability for associations following government-issued pandemic protocols. CAI supports federal legislation to establish a national standard for limiting liability of community associations and other organizations that document adherence to local and state orders and federal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Active federal priorities to support the community association housing model. CAI advocates for federal legislation and regulation to provide operational certainty for community associations and to ensure that housing opportunity and mortgage credit are available throughout the community association housing model.

    • Disaster assistance. CAI supports enactment of the Disaster Assistance Equity Act of 2019 to streamline community association access to federal disaster assistance programs.
    • Housing policy. CAI supports federal incentives for affordable homeownership in the community association housing model and equal access to mortgage credit for all creditworthy consumers through federal mortgage programs and agencies.
    • Short-term rentals. CAI supports federal legislation easing administrative burdens of community associations seeking to enforce community short-term rental policies with online short-term rental platforms.
    • Fair Housing Act and assistance animals. CAI supports current federal guidance clarifying reasonable accommodation requirements for assistance animals.

Monitoring priorities to support the community association housing model. CAI will monitor legislation and regulatory actions for any impact on the community association housing model.

    • Preserving association governance. CAI supports allowing community associations to manage association affairs without unnecessary or unwarranted prescriptive federal intervention. CAI will monitor Congress and federal agencies for any proposed legislation or regulations that reduce association governance of community architectural standards and control of common property.
    • Community financial stability. CAI supports public policy promoting the financial stability of community associations and their residents. CAI will monitor Congress and federal agencies for any actions that may impair community association lien priority or unreasonably restrain collection of association assessments.
    • Flood risk management. CAI supports continuation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). CAI will monitor NFIP reform to ensure community associations have continued access to NFIP-backed flood insurance.

To learn more about CAI’s Legislative Action Committees click here.

  • C. Scott Canady

    Scott Canady's 13-year record of public service includes experience gained in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    In Congress, Scott served as chief policy and political aide to a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, working to reform the National Flood Insurance Program and improve the regulation of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Following his time in Congress, Scott was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Scott served as a key legislative liaison with members of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee.

    In 2009, Scott began his partnership with Community Associations Institute by launching Tambala Strategy. Through this partnership, Scott has worked with CAI's members and leadership team to advance the views of common interest communities on a variety of issues including federal condominium standards, federal disaster assistance for community associations, and community association lien priority.

    Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Administration from the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.

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