Why Donate to the NBOA

 

Dear Supporter of the Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance:

The Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance (NBOA)—an umbrella organization of 11 individual neighborhood building owner organizations and unaffiliated building owners—advocates on behalf Chicagoland’s small and medium-sized housing providers.
We work with the media to change public perception of neighborhood housing providers, and we engage elected officials to fight the onslaught of unfavorable and counterproductive legislation and public policy that makes it harder to create and maintain neighborhood housing.
Since 2004, the NBOA has taken the lead in advocating for owners of multifamily buildings in Chicago-area neighborhoods, addressing issues such as combatting burdensome Chicago building code restrictions on porches, fighting for changes to Chicago’s Residential Landlord & Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) to make it less onerous for building owners, and negotiating directly with judicial leaders in our court system and the Cook County Sheriff on eviction procedures.
With Covid and now a more “progressive” Mayor and City Council, in the past several years NBOA has redoubled its efforts to address the onslaught of new challenges to the industry, including the following:

  • • Bring Chicago Home referendum: NBOA was one of the industry leaders standing in opposition to this potentially devastating proposed increase in the title transfer tax. Our efforts included joining in litigation opposing the measure, direct advocacy with stakeholders, and our members and our PAC ran a social media campaign the week prior to the election to bring out voters in opposition.
  • Rent Control: We continue to oppose legislation that would have overturned the statewide ban on rent control, including providing testimony at key committee hearings;
  • Just Cause Ordinance: We oppose Just Cause ordinances which provide tenants with lifelong leases as long as they pay their rent. We have been at the forefront in stopping Evanston from passing such legislation, and are preparing to oppose this measure if and when the proposed Chicago Just Cause ordinance starts to move forward;
  • Property tax assessments: We work with the Assessor and Board of Review to be sure that they understand: disproportionate increases in assessments of multifamily diminish our ability to keep apartment units affordable.
    Eviction Delays: We meet regularly with the Cook County Bar Foundation and the Sheriff’s office to question why the eviction process meets such long delays and work towards constructive steps to shorten this cumbersome process – while explaining that a lengthy process diminishes our willingness to take chance on prospective tenants with blemished histories.
    Eviction Moratorium: Successfully lobbied the Governor’s office to modify the State ban on evictions to allow evictions to be filed against tenants who are not directly affected by COVID-19
  • Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance: We were able to win significant modifications to the Cook County Board’s  Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance.

Financial support from local housing providers, as well as the legal and real estate professionals who work with our industry, is more important than ever before. Our experienced team of professionals are making a huge difference for us, and we need their continued services at this critical time.

Please give generously to NBOA today—and join us as we continue to battle on behalf of small and mid-sized neighborhood housing providers.

Sincerely,
Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance
Michael Glasser, President

 

The NBOA consists of the following 11 organizations:

  • Edgewater Uptown Builders Association (EUBA)
  • Greater Austin Development Association (GADA)
  • Lakeview Developers Association (LDA)
  • Latino Real Estate Investors Council (LREIC)
  • Lincoln Park Builders of Chicago (LPBC)
  • Northwest Side Builders Coalition (NSBC)
  • Rogers Park Builders Group (RPBG)
  • South Side Community Investment Association (SSCIA)
  • Southside Builders Association (SBA)
  • Southwest Housing Providers Group (SWHPG)
  • West Suburban Building Owners Association (WSBOA)