PHOENIX – House Bill 2610 has been signed into law and removes the size cap on affordable housing apartment communities constructed by non-profits that want to qualify for a property tax exemption. The new law encourages more construction of larger affordable apartment communities across the state that rent solely to income-eligible tenants.
“We are committed to growing our state’s affordable housing inventory and this law helps by eliminating an unnecessary barrier to development,” said Arizona Department of Housing Director Tom Simplot. “By removing this burdensome regulation, non-profits can build larger affordable housing communities and still receive the tax break they need for these projects.”
Prior to HB2610, non-profit developers could only qualify for a real estate tax exemption on apartment communities of 200 units or less. The new law eliminates this cap and makes tax exemptions (which have no direct cost to the state) available on larger affordable complexes.
The law also requires non-profits to certify use of the tax exemption savings to sustain the affordable housing property which helps ensure properties have sufficient operating funds for renovations and improvements over the long-term. Arizona Department of Housing analysis estimates that 270,000 housing units are needed statewide just to meet current demand.
“The need in Arizona is real and this law is a positive step in broadening a non-profit’s ability to develop a larger number of affordable housing units,” said Simplot.