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BOMA Boston is proud of our members by giving back to the community, always, but especially in these times. See below for some good stories during these troubling times.
If your company or a peer is doing something great to give back, feel free to email Courtney McHugh, cmchugh@gbreb.com to be featured on this page.


BOMA is proud of our Benefit Sponsors who generously donated their sponsorship dollars and dozens of members who purchased raffle tickets online for a combined total of $45,000 that we were able to donate to our charitable partner, Bridge Over Troubled Waters! Every year, Bridge Over Troubled Waters serves over 2,000 homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Right now, with schools closed, many hourly jobs shut down, and some unsafe home environments, Bridge provides crucial shelter, food, resources and social services for the youth of Boston. Click here to view their website and donate!

Rockhill Management's highly anticipated Food Hall, High Street Place, was set to open in March between Federal Street and High Street in Boston.  Although the doors have not yet opened, several of the restaurant partner's are still there cooking meals for front-line workers during the COVID-19 crisis in hospitals in the Greater Boston area. Click here for the full story. 

In March 2020, Siena Construction completed a fast-track laboratory conversion project for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, providing an important addition to the scientific research challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here to view the full story.

BOMA Members from Progroup Contracting are raising funds to purchase Ipads for local hospitals with COVID-19 patients to ensure that they are able to connect with their loved ones. Click here to donate.

By purchasing meals through Feed the Frontlines Boston, you will help fuel the extraordinary efforts of our city's healthcare workers while also supporting our local restaurants and employees. With your support Viga Italian Eatery and Shed's BBQ can delivery healthy, fresh and free meals to Boston's amazing doctors, nurses and medical staff. Click here to take action!




BOMA Gives Back!
GBREB NEWS

Newton Centre Realty, Inc v David Jaffe

Newton Center Realty, Inc. V David Jaffe
Massachusetts Appeals Court
No. 19-P-1082
Argued 3/3/20-Decided 6/23/20

On June 23, 2020 the Massachusetts Appeals Court decided a case of first impression in the Commonwealth regarding brokerage fees.  The question addressed was does the death of a seller terminate a real estate brokerage agreement between the seller and a broker.

Facts: 
In 2017 a seller entered into three exclusive brokerage agreement to sell two residential properties in Brookline and one in Newton.  The agreements were on standard GBREB forms.  Under each agreement the broker was entitled to a four percent commission.  The seller died and the seller’s son sold the properties independent of the broker, but within the exclusivity period of the agreements that had been properly executed.  The broker sued the Sellers estate and was unsuccessful at trial.  The case was brought up on appeal. This issue had not been decided under Massachusetts law.  

Decision: 
The agreements here created a principal-agent relationship that entitled the broker to a commission if Shirley’s (the Seller) properties were sold within the exclusivity period.  They did not confer an interest in the property.  Accordingly, Shirley’s death terminated the agency relationship, and the broker was not entitled to recover contract damages from Shirley’s estate.  The Superior Court judge properly dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim. 
The Appeals Court upheld the lower court ruling that the death of the seller terminated the agency relationship, and the broker was not entitled to a commission.
 



Broker Fee Appeals Court Decision

Congratulations, BOMA Boston!
Together, we raised $45,000 for Bridge Over Troubled Waters!

March 25 was intended to be the 2020 BOMA Boston Benefit, supporting Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Unfortunately, we had to cancel this in-person event.

Instead, most of our of sponsors generously donated their sponsorship dollars, and dozens of members purchased raffle tickets online, for a combined total of $45,000!

We are so proud to be able to provide Bridge Over Troubled Waters with financial support during this challenging time. Every year, Bridge serves over 2,000 homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Right now, with schools closed, many hourly jobs shut down, and some unsafe home environments, Bridge provides crucial shelter, food, resources, and social services for the youth of Boston.

On June 18, Adrienne Maley, BOMA Boston Executive Director, and Shawn Carroll, CBRE, BOMA Boston President virtually presented Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director of Bridge Over Troubled Waters with a $45,000 donation to support their work.
Please view the donation presentation here. 

Check out sponsors, raffle winners, and more here!

BOMA Benefit Raises $45k!

Dear BOMA Members,

 

We are heartbroken by the untimely passing of our dear friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor Larry Lenrow. Larry passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 8th. Our thoughts are with his family.

 

Larry was an active BOMA Boston member for many decades and a true asset to our community. He was one of the most respected BOMI Course instructors for over 25 years. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Executive of the Year Award at the TOBY Awards, an honor well deserved.

 

Larry was a leader in the industry and a mentor to many in our membership. This is a great loss for our community here at BOMA Boston. Larry will be truly missed.

 

You may read Larry's obituary in the Boston Globe. BOMA Boston will be making a donation in his name to Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless and we hope you may do the same.

 

Please keep his wife Jan, daughter Rachel, and his work family at the Davis Companies in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Sincerely,

BOMA Boston

             

In Memory of Larry Lenrow

Dear BOMA Boston Members and Friends,


This has been a challenging year for all of us. We are proud of the way our BOMA community has come together to support one another and our city during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Acts of injustice in our society have returned us to important questions about how our country can do better to support all people. For our part, BOMA Boston will continue to be a community of growth, compassion, and acceptance and we will find ways to become even more welcoming to everyone.


Peaceful protest is an important American value, but it is unfortunate when demonstrations turn to violence. We are very sorry to have heard and seen the damage caused around the country, and in Boston last night. If your building has been affected by vandalism, know that our BOMA members are ready to help. Please check our BOMA Online Buyers Guide to connect with our service vendors or reach out to BOMA staff with questions.


We are hopeful for a future of health, peace, and equality. Let's be there for one another.


Thank you,

BOMA Boston

 

A Statement From BOMA Boston about Racial Injustice

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

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June 2020 E-News

COVID-19 Resources for the BOMA CRE Community

BOMA Boston updates this page regularly with local, national, and real estate news, notices, and resources. 

News and bulletins: 

State Guidelines for opening in Phase 2 - 6/1 - SummaryGuidelines and Executive Order
Return to Workplace Framework for Commercial Spaces - 6/2 Click here to view.
GBREB legal analysis of Massachusetts eviction moratorium - 4/21 Read now
Homeland Security guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure workers - 4/17 - Read now
Opening Up America. View Here
Boston COVID-19 Advisories and News from Mayor Walsh. Read now
BOMA International Analysis of Federal government's CARES Act for Commercial Real Estate. Read now
GBREB legal analysis of rent collection issues during COVID-19. Read now
GBREB legal analysis of Massachusetts "essential services" for Commercial Real Estate. Read now
NAA new COVID-19 federal laws. Watch now
BOMA International tenant FAQ. Read now 
Massachusetts construction and worksite guidelines. Read now

Resources:

BOMA International Resources center
BOMA International Building checklist 
5/26/20 Tishman Speyer - Returning to the Workplace
State Legislations on COVID - 19 - Compiled by BOMA International 
CDC guidance for businesses
BOMA Canada Pandemic Guide
BOMA International Twitter - many helpful news stories and updates from around the web
Maa.gov Resources and news 
CCIM Guidance for Landlords - Read now 
Boston Public Health Commission - New Guidance on Face Coverings - Read Now
National Governor's Association - State legislations and regulations 
InspiRE Thought Leadership Series: COVID-19  *Highly recommended*
Recovery Readiness How To Guide by Cushman & Wakefield - 4/22 - Read Now:  recovery
Safe Six Workplace Readiness Checklist by Cushman & Wakefield - 4/22  - Read Now
ATI Go Back Safely Program Guide

GBREB Webinars
BOMA/MAA - Managing Stress in Difficult Times - Ways to reduce and manage stress signals at home and work, 5/7 - Watch Now
BOMA - The Great Re-Occupancy - Practical steps to prepare commercial buildings for a return to work, 5/7 - Watch Now
REFA - What's Next for Hospitality and Retail - Thoughts and analysis from RE financial leaders, 5/7 - Watch Now
MAA - Boston Multifamily Market in Tumultuous Times - Research from Apartments.com Economist, 5/6 - Watch Now
REFA - COVID-19 and the Retail Sector - Predictions from RE finance leaders, 4/28 - Watch Now
BOMA/MAA - Listen Up! with Elise Simard - Using listening skills to build relationships in business, 4/15 - Watch Now
BOMA - Key Business Practices During Uncertain Times - Info about CARES act, taxes, etc., 4/14 - Watch Now

Other  Webinars

BOMA International - Risk Mitigation, Planning, and Preparing for Re-Occupancy - 4/8
BOMA Canada - The View from China - How Beijing is Recovering - 4/8
BOMA International - Business Interruption Insurance - 4/7
BOMA Canada - Legal and Human Resources during COVID 19 - 4/6
BOMA International - Maintaining Building Operations and Preparing for Re-Occupancy - 3/26 - Watch now and re-hosted 4/8 Register Now

BOMA Georgia
 - Effectively Managing and Leading Remote Employees - 3/26
BOMA Georgia  - Improving your Effectiveness as a Remote Employee - 3/25
Bisnow Webinar Managing Properties in the Age of Coronavirus - 3/19
BOMA/Seattle-King County Coronavirus Webinar with Building Operations Focus - 3/17
BOMA Canada's Lessons from the Frontlines: Responses to Recent Coronavirus Cases in Commercial Office Buildings - 3/16
BOMA/Georgia Coronavirus Webinar in Partnership with APIC - 3/12
CBRE Podcast on the economy and CRE- The Weekly Take - Listen Now

What you can do:
Support our neighbors in need:
Give to BOMA's Charitable Partner, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a shelter and support system for homeless youth in Boston. Donate now
Give to a food bank in your community or the Greater Boston Food Bank. Donate now
Give blood at your local blood bank. Find a location 
Donate PPE supplies to local hospitals. Find a location
See how our own BOMA members are making a difference. Read now

COVID-19 Resources for BOMA

Dear BOMA Boston Members and Friends,


This has been a challenging year for all of us. We are proud of the way our BOMA community has come together to support one another and our city during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Acts of injustice in our society have returned us to important questions about how our country can do better to support all people. For our part, BOMA Boston will continue to be a community of growth, compassion, and acceptance and we will find ways to become even more welcoming to everyone.


Peaceful protest is an important American value, but it is unfortunate when demonstrations turn to violence. We are very sorry to have heard and seen the damage caused around the country, and in Boston last night. If your building has been affected by vandalism, know that our BOMA members are ready to help. Please check our BOMA Online Buyers Guide to connect with our service vendors or reach out to BOMA staff with questions.


We are hopeful for a future of health, peace, and equality. Let's be there for one another.


Thank you,

BOMA Boston

 

A Message From BOMA Boston
GBREB NEWS

MEMBER RESOURCES

Information is rapidly changing.  GBREB will update this post as new information becomes available. There's a lot of information about government's response to COVID-19, however we have narrowed the focus of this page to issues impacting the real estate industry to serve as a resource for our members. 

Additional information, including legal advisories are available to members here .

MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND ADVISORIES
Reopening in Massachusetts 5/18/19
Phase 1 Re-Opening Safety Standards For Workplaces , EOHED, 5/12/20
Re-opening: Four Phase Approach, EOHED, 5/12/20
Advisory on Residential Evictions , Massachusetts Attorney General, 5/8/20
Short-term residential rentals, Department of Public Health, 3/31/20
Mortgage Loan Borrowing , Division of Banks, 3/25/20
Constuction Letter With Guidance  3/25/20
COVID-19 ESSENTIAL SERVICES  Order of  the Governor Assuring Continued Operation Of Essential Services  
Essential Services FAQ
SMOKE ORDER Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Inspections for One and Two-Family Dwellings and Three to Five-family Apartment Buildings
Standing Order Housing Court
DHCD Resources For Renters and Homeowners

BOSTON EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND ADVISORIES
Rental Relief Fund
Guidelines For Open House and Apartment Showing Policy
Construction Update 5.6.20
Construction Notice 3/25/20
Construction Permitting 3/16/20

DIVISION AND AFFILIATE RESOURCE PAGES

Building Owners and Managers, BOMA Boston, BOMA International
Multifamily Apartments, Massachusetts Apartment Association, National Apartment Association   
REALTORS, Greater Boston Association of REALTORS, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS, National Association of REALTORS
Commercial Brokers Association
Real Estate Finance Association






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April 2020 E-News

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BOMA International - Online Conference
Online
 
GBREB Leadership Conversation With Mayor Walsh
Free Webinar
3:00pm
 
BOMI Environmental Health And Safety - Cancelled
BOMA Offices
 
BOMI Design, Operations, And Maintenance Part II
BOMA Offices
9:00am
 
BOMA Golf Tournament
Pinehills Golf Club
7:00am