History of SDMHA

In 1969, City Housing Codes, Registration, Fees, and Inspection challenges spurred Sioux Falls rental owners to establish SDMHA!

John Sprecher, first President, along with other Charter Members Al Klaudt, Jerry Leesch, Jerry and Jim Collins, Luther Thomas, Marv Haffner, Floyd Mutchschelknaus, and Robert Jones, named this rental property organization Sioux Falls Rental Assoc. It was renamed Rental Owners Assoc. of Sioux Falls, Inc. in 1977, Rental Owners Assoc. of South Dakota, Inc. in 1978, and has been SDMHA since 1981.

Before 1969, informal coffee get-togethers found landlords discussing rental industry opportunities, concerns, and ideas. This networking proved to be a valuable "tool" that inspired the birth of a formal organization.

In 2018, we expanded to include the entire State of South Dakota, forming Chapters in Aberdeen, Black Hills and Yankton/Vermillion areas.  We hold monthly meetings in Rapid City and quarterly meetings in Aberdeen and either Yankton or Vermillion.

In 2019, we will continue growth with a new chapter in Brookings.  We are excited to bring education and networking opportunities to all areas of our State.

Currently, SDMHA has over 280 members consisting of over 30,000 units throughout South Dakota.  We continue to network and find value in the educational programs provided at monthly meetings, in the educational classes implemented for licensed property managers and those in related industries, and in monitoring local, state, and national rental industry issues, taking an active role whenever necessary.

Equally important are the membership opportunities for businesses with industry-related supplies/products.