The VALLEY RENTAL HOUSING COUNCIL may be new to you, but we have been supporting local rental property owners and managers for over two decades!
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Who is “Valley Rental Housing Council”?
Valley Rental Housing Council (VRHC) is a local chapter of VAMA, the Virginia Apartment Management Association – Virginia’s official association of Rental Property Owners and Managers.
The chapter was formed from the former Valley Landlords Association, a non-stock, non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2014, VLA Members, along with many other local rental property associations across the state, decided to join forces with our VAMA.
VRHC represents more than 2400 rental property units in Augusta, Rockingham and Nelson counties, including the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, The local chapter is made up of independent rental property owner-operators, property management companies, and multi-campus property owners.
The objectives of VRHC are:
- To raise the professional standards of multiple unit housing, its construction and its operation;
- To improve the multiple housing industry in every way;
- To provide those services and benefits to members of VRHC that will help each member to meet these objectives and assist them in the performance of their duties;
- To provide a network for the free exchange of ideas and information between members of the association;
- To enable the members of the association to speak with one voice to legislators and government bodies at local, state and national levels.
What does the Valley Rental Housing Council do?
Valley Rental Housing Council is a local chapter of VAMA for individuals and companies involved in owning and/or managing real estate properties, but we’re much more than just a forum. The VRHC organizes seminars to keep members updated on the latest developments in the industry concerning all matters related to their properties. We bring legislative information home to the valley that is currently pending in both state and national levels.
At our monthly meetings we bring in local and regional speakers to address issues our members are facing in both the marketplace and current legislative environment. For example, we utilize:
- local police departments to discuss gang violence and prevention,
- fire departments address our responsibilities as rental property owners or managers,
- attorneys, court clerks and other court officials to review the eviction process and other legal issues facing rental property owners,
- …. and much much more.
We sponsor at least one education course each year. Fair Housing or Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) courses are two examples of the types of courses we offer for continuing education.
What’s in it for me?
In addition to the numerous benefits noted above, we want you to get the most from your membership in VRHC. Becoming a member of the local rental housing chapter, VRHC, you also get an automatic membership to the state organization – VAMA (Virginia Apartment Management Association), and also to the national association – NAA (National Apartment Association). These organizations are KEY to education and legislative backing that we need to keep our properties and practices in line with current laws and regulations. Our state and national associations have full-time lobbyists to act on our behalf in Richmond and Washington to reduce the negative impact that pending legislation will have on our rental businesses.
Membership also gives you access to the vast amount of information from a large network of rental property owners – all other members of the association. You can reach other members and acquaint yourself with other local rental property owners/managers in the same industry. Getting to know fellow members helps you gain from the knowledge and experiences of others – many times you learn many things that you didn’t know you were missing.
The association also provides FREE advertising to its members through a tenant-facing website (www.ValleyLandlords.com) and lists member’s vacancies at NO CHARGE. The website is regularly featured in Staunton and Waynesboro classifieds and draws thousands of “hits” from potential tenants. Only members can take advantage of this powerful marketing tool.
VRHC has spent thousands of dollars to provide low-cost leases, applications and rental forms to our members. These forms have been scrutinized by attorneys and bear the VAMA logo – which comes with all the recognition of only a high-quality organization.
VRHC members also benefit from special savings from our vendor members! Often our vendor members (Associate Members) will save your hard earned money by providing special pricing and ‘insider’ deals to other members of the association.
What area does Valley Rental Housing Council cover?
The local VRHC organization covers members in the counties of Augusta, Rockingham, Nelson, Bath and Rockbridge, Including the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, .
When does Valley Rental Housing Council meet?
The association generally meets 8 times per year and has a special conference or training/educational event at least annually. Our meeting calendar is available on this website and includes the time and location. We nearly always have guest speakers on a particular topic of interest to the property owner/manager community in addition to a brief business meeting including topics such as:
- Networking with those who understand your industry,
- VAMA News and Updates (Virginia Apartment Management Association),
- NAA News and Updates (National Apartment Association),
- New and old business items both locally and regionally,
- Training/certification topics and planning.
Come be our guest for our next meeting where where we will be discussing timely issues related to your business.
Who can become a member?
There are two classifications of mebers at VRHC:
- Full Membership is open and limited to those individuals and firms involved in the ownership, management or building of single or multiple unit rental housing in the VRHC area.
- Associate Membership is open to those firms and individuals that provide supplies and/or services to (or have an interest in) the rental industry within the VRHC area.
How much does membership cost?
Membership Dues are paid for the remainder of the calendar year and include membership (and the benefits of) the State and National associations. Rates (below) are based on number of rental units you own or manage. The cost to be a member is far less than the benefit you receive.
Annual Membership Dues:
- Full Members: $80 Annual Dues, plus $1.25 per rental unit (house/apartment/townhome/etc) within the VRHC Area. The membership dues include your membership in VRHC (local), VAMA (state) and NAA (national association) and include their full member benefits, periodicals and publications.
- Associate Members: $150 Annual Dues. This includes unlimited opportunities for networking and occasional opportunities for booth/marketing at seminars and special event presentations.
How do I become a member?
It’s easy! Fill out a Membership Application Form and mail to us. The address is right on the form.