RHA Considers Option to Merge with California Apartment Association
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Since 1951, the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley has been affiliated with the statewide California Apartment Association (CAA), and membership in RHA automatically includes membership in CAA. During these past 65 years, RHA operated as what is known as a "Chapter" of CAA, which is an affiliated yet independent corporate entity. That relationship would change if RHA members approve a proposal under consideration to merge the local organization with its statewide association and become a "Division" of CAA.
Currently the RHA Board of Directors is examining the pros and cons of such a change.The primary benefit is the cost savings from outsourcing accounting and other functions to CAA. The savings would be used to offset future dues increases and enhance member services, such as local government advocacy.
Many local Chapters throughout the state already converted to a CAA Division. Only a few continue to operate as independent Chapters. Under the Division model, the current board of directors becomes a local advisory board of the statewide association. Although lacking the legal authority of the statewide CAA Board of Directors, the local advisory board is given significant leeway to set its own programs and budget.
Services currently provided to RHA members would continue, although the delivery method may change. For example, the RHA website would be discontinued, and members would access the CAA website to register for classes and events. Many RHA members already use the CAA website to access free CAA rental forms.
If the RHA Board of Directors decides to pursue the merger, a vote by the membership is required. More information will be provided to RHA members before such an important vote is taken.