The amendment would allow owners to benefit from flood insurance premium relief for taking action against flood risk. To help property owners understand their mitigation options, it would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to issue long overdue flood risk guidelines within a sixty day period.
NMHC/NAA are strongly supporting and advocating for the amendment. Importantly, Representative Donovan has also introduced the measure as a standalone bill in the full House.
Congress passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) in 2014. The Act directed FEMA to establish guidelines for property owners to mitigate flood risk in residential buildings. This includes apartment buildings or row homes that are unable to use traditional mitigation options such as elevation.
The statute granted FEMA one year from enactment of HFIAA to issue the mitigation guidance. But, to date, FEMA has been unable to do so. FEMA officials have indicated that they are in the process of continuing to write the overdue flood risk guidelines and that further actuarial work is being done.