Important Housing Information from NC REALTORS®

The Advocate
January 6, 2023 Federal Funding Update

President Joe Biden signed H.R.2617, the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, into law on December 29, 2022. The bill is a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund the US federal government through fiscal year 2023. The bill includes funding for domestic and foreign policy priorities. The sweeping spending package includes numerous real estate provisions. The funding, which is supportive of the real estate industry, includes: Federal Housing Administration Funding – Up to $400 billion in FHA commitments to guarantee single-family loans. Fair Housing – $86 million for HUD’s fair housing grants and activities. HOME Investment Partnerships Program – $1.5 billion in funding to provide grants to states and localities for affordable housing initiatives. Housing Supply – $85 million for grants to reward state and local jurisdictions that reform land-use policies and remove barriers to affordable house production and preservation. Rural Housing – $2 billion for USDA’s Rural Housing Service. Flood Insurance – Extends the National Flood Insurance Program through September 30, 2023. Increased flood map funding to $313 million. Broadband – $364 million in broadband grant funding. Infrastructure – $62.9 billion for Federal Highway Administration. To view a list the full list of real estate related funding, click here.

State Issue Update – Elevator Safety Reporting Form for Residential Rental Properties

The NC Department of Insurance recently released an elevator/hoist safety reporting form. The elevator safety reporting requirement is the result of the passage of Weston’s Law in 2022.

Weston’s Law, HB 619, is a bill addressing elevator safety by requiring elevators in rental homes eliminate or reduce the space between elevator doors and landing doors. It was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper in 2022 and became effective October 1, 2022.

The bill is named in memory of a young child from Ohio who died because he was trapped between the elevator car and elevator shaft at a rental home in the Outer Banks.

The safety requirements in the Act applies to any elevator in a private residence, cottage or similar accommodation subject to taxation under G.S. 105-164.4F.

To access the reporting form, click here. Once the door baffle, door space guard, door or gate is installed, the landlord will need to provide the Commissioner of Insurance one of the following: A statement signed by a professional elevator installer certifying installation of the door baffle, door space guard, door, or gate meeting the requirements of the law. A receipt for purchase of the door baffle, door space guard, door, or gate meeting the requirements of the law, a signed statement by the landlord stating the date of installation, and photographs depicting the door baffle, door space guard, door, or gate as installed. The reporting form also requires property owner information such as the name, address and contact along with the required documentation listed above. The one page form provides additional details along with contact information.

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Published by Angie Hedgepeth

Angie Hedgepeth, Government Affairs Director for the Association, attends all the local meetings each month, as well as NAR and NCAR meetings, and keeps members abreast of the multiple issues being addressed in local, state and national government. She prepares reports on the meetings she attends and they are included in the weekly "Government Affairs Update".