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HELP FOR PROPERTY OWNERS AND TENANTS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

Did you know that you may be eligible for state assistance with paying your rent or mortgage? If you have lost your job or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Housing and Community Development has programs for low-income renters and homeowners that will help you with past due rent or mortgage payments, as well as future housing costs. 

Visit mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp  to get connected with regional agencies that can help you apply for funds and stay in your home.
 
Summary of the Eviction Diversion Initiative:
The Eviction and Diversion Initiative (EDI) is designed keep people safely housed during the pandemic as we approach the end of the Massachusetts Eviction Moratorium. EDI contains $171 million in resources that include a $100 million commitment for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition), with an increased benefit cap of $10,000, and $13 million for legal assistance for low-income tenants and owners as they navigate the eviction process. The initiative also includes a commitment to streamline the RAFT application process, provide additional support for the regional housing administering agencies, and allow small owners to apply directly for RAFT benefits.  
Eviction Diversion Information

The BOMA Affiliate Spotlight promotes the excellent service and valuable products of BOMA Boston's Affiliate members. 
The BOMA Affiliate Spotlight promotes the excellent service and valuable products of BOMA Boston's Affiliate members. To be featured, please contact Courtney McHugh, cmchugh@gbreb.com

September Affiliate Spotlight Companies
Pritchard Industries

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Usource

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HETI 
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October Affiliate Spotlight Companies 
 Able Services

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BOMA Affiliate Spotlight

Did you miss our October Newsletter? Read about upcoming BOMA Boston events, news, and educational opportunities!

Read the October BOMA Enews.

October 2020 E-News

Larry Lenrow CRE Scholarship


BOMA Boston is pleased to present a scholarship opportunity to our members. The scholarship honors long-time member, educator, and real estate executive, Larry Lenrow. 

The scholarship serves to support entry-level Commercial Real Estate professionals looking to enhance their careers in commercial real estate. 

Larry Lenrow was one of BOMA Boston's most dedicated educators and leaders for over 30 years. His passion and knowledge about commercial real estate inspired hundreds of students. He taught numerous course while simultaneously managing some of Boston's most important buildings. Larry passed away in June 2020, and he will be forever missed by the BOMA Boston community. The Larry Lenrow CRE Education Scholarship serves to honor his legacy as a dedicated real estate executive. 

To learn more visit our website at bomabostonscholarships.com

Questions? email Jill Blanco at jblanco@gbreb.com
Larry Lenrow Scholarship Announcement
GBREB NEWS

AG HEALEY, GBREB WARN PROSPECTIVE TENANTS AND REALTORS ABOUT APARTMENT LEASING SCAM

As more people rely on photos instead of in-person showings when renting apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic, AG Healey and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) have partnered to issue an advisory warning the public about an apartment leasing scam and offering guidance on how to avoid falling victim to it.

Both the AG’s Office and GBREB have received complaints from prospective tenants, property management companies, and real estate agents about a scam involving fake apartment listings being posted online. The scammers use photos from real listings of homes for rent or sale, and at times even use the contact information of an actual listing agent or management company, and then post them on Craigslist or other online platforms. The scammers solicit deposits through these ads to be sent to them directly from tenants, who end up not actually securing an apartment to lease because of the fraudulent nature of the ads.

“This scam is the rental market equivalent of catfishing, and while it’s not new, we want the public to be aware of the increased risks during the pandemic,” said AG Healey. “Access to safe and reliable housing is essential to the vitality of our communities and we’ll continue to partner with stakeholders to ensure our residents are not losing money or left without a place to live.”

“Heartless scams like these cannot be tolerated. They are career damaging to hard working real estate professionals, and unscrupulous to consumers,” said Greg Vasil, CEO of GBREB. “The mission of the Real Estate Board is to expose them and protect both its membership and consumers from threats like these. If you have any doubt about a real estate listing, do not send any money before you are sure you’re working with a Licensed Realtor. Please report false ads to the proper authorities.”

To avoid falling victim to this scam, AG Healey and GBREB offer the following advice:

• Thorough inspection: Whenever possible, inspect an apartment carefully before signing a lease or paying a deposit.

• Use a broker: If you must rent an apartment unseen, don’t trust online advertisements—online apartment listings are just too easy to fake. Instead, use a licensed real estate broker or salesperson. You can verify a broker’s license online here.

• Watch for red flags: Keep an eye out for red flags such as poorly written ads, deals that are too good to be true, and requests for payment using untraceable methods.

• Only make secure payments: Never send a wire transfer, cashier’s check, or funds transfer to someone you’ve only met online. If they turn out to be a scammer, you won’t be able to get your money back.

• Protect your personal information: Don’t disclose your SSN or PayPal information to someone you’ve only met online. Meet your landlord in person before agreeing to a background check or ask the landlord to have the background check performed by a licensed real estate broker or salesperson.

• File a complaint: If you are the victim of an online apartment listing scam, file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crimes Complaint Center at IC3.gov.

• Report fraudulent ads: If you’re the owner of a property, realtor or property manager and find that someone else has altered your listing or listed your property for rent, report the fraudulent ad to the website’s point of contact for abuse immediately.

AG Healey’s Office is committed to helping Massachusetts residents access safe and reliable housing, especially throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. AG Healey’s Community Engagement Division has held virtual trainings on tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to do so. Those interested in participating in a training can find the schedule here.

Visit AG Healey’s COVID-19 resource page for information about how the AG’s Office can provide support during this crisis.

 
RENTAL SCAM ADVISORY

Did you miss our September Newsletter? Read about upcoming BOMA Boston events, news, and educational opportunities!

Read the September BOMA Enews.

September 2020 E-News

BOMA Boston TOBY & Industry Awards Call for Entries are Open!

Do you know a building or CRE Industry Member that should be recognized? Submit a nomination today!


Each year, the TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) & Industry Awards recognize industry excellence in property management, building operations, and service. There are 17 categories for TOBY Awards, and 10 categories for the Industry Awards. Since the TOBYs are nationally recognized, the Local winners move on to the Regional competition, and hopefully the International competition.


BOMA Boston's local TOBY & Industry awards are one of the largest in the country in terms of participation and attendance amongst other BOMA chapters, with all members contributing to some aspect of the awards program in one way or the other. 


If you are interested in submitting your building for a TOBY Award the  is where you can review all the call for entries and category requirements, detailed information about the awards process and more. If you plan to enter a building this year, please notify BOMA Boston of the building and category by  at your earliest convenience.


BOMA encourages all CRE professionals to consider nominating deserving colleagues for the 2020 Industry Awards.



Important Deadline - EXTENSION

All Industry Nominations and Building Entries: Tuesday, September 8, 2020



Building Award Categories

Under 100,000 Square Feet

100,000 - 249,999 Square Feet

250,000 - 499,999 Square Feet

500,000 - 1 Million Square Feet

Over 1 Million Square Feet

Corporate Facility

Earth Building

Historical Building

Industrial Office Building

Laboratory Building *local level only

Medical Office Building

Mixed Use

Public Assembly

Renovated Building

Retail

Suburban Office Park (Low-Rise)

Suburban Office Park (Mid-Rise)


Industry Award Categories

Rising Professional of the Year

Property Manager of the Year (Low-Rise)

Property Manager of the Year (Mid-Rise)

Property Manager of the Year (High-Rise)

Property Manager of the Year (Suburban)

Property Manager of the Year (Facility)

Engineer of the Year

Chief Engineer of the Year

Affiliate Member of the Year

Affiliate Company of the Year


Visit the for more information or to submit a nomination. Please direct any questions to Kayla Burmeister, kburmeister@gbreb.com.

 

Call for Entries TOBY & Industry Award Nominations

Did you miss our July Newsletter? Read about upcoming BOMA Boston events, news, and educational opportunities!

Read the August BOMA Enews.

August 2020 E-News
 

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BOMI Environmental Health And Safety - Online Course
Nov 10, 2020 - Dec 11, 2020
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2020 BOMA TOBY & Industry Awards
Nov 17, 2020
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