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GBREB NEWS

Elevator Inspections:  Overtime Update

  The Office of Public Safety and Inspections has announced that overtime for elevator inspections are are available again.

You may now request overtime for Annual, Placard Removal, New Construction, Modernization, Repair, Alteration, and Fire Service Inspections.

The application and overtime payment must be submitted through the IPS Portal prior to the request being made. Requests for overtime inspections should be sent to elevator.overtime@mass.gov with a copy to elevator.scheduler@mass.gov. Please make your requests at least two days prior to your desired date. Include the type of overtime inspection, and the requested date and time in your e-mail. You must attach a Pre-Inspection Checklist if you are scheduling a New Installation or Modernization.

All types of inspections are still available on regular time. If you wish to request an inspection on regular time please follow the procedure currently in place by sending your request to elevator.scheduler@mass.gov. Specify in your request that you wish to have the inspection done on regular time.

Please note that the procedure for scheduling regular Overtime Fire Service at night has not changed. You must submit your payment for, and schedule Fire Service Overtime at the same time that you pay for your Annual Inspection. The Fire Service Inspection must be completed prior to the Annual. If the OTFS is not performed prior to the Annual, the unit will be written up, and the Fire Service will be tested during the day at the 90 Day Re-Inspection. Regular Overtime Fire Service must be scheduled by phone call to our office, not through e-mail.



Elevator Inspection Overtime Update
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Massachusetts recently adopted a new law taxing and regulating the short-term rental market. The following information should help REALTORS® navigate the short-term rental market under these new laws and regulations. The law, H3454, An Act Regulating and Insuring Short-Term Rentals, governs short-term rentals in Massachusetts. These are defined to include occupancy for a period of not more than 31 consecutive calendar days of accommodations normally used for sleeping and living purposes, including without limitation an apartment, house, cottage, condominium unit or furnished accommodation other than a hotel, motel, lodging house or bed-and-breakfast establishment (all of which are already subject to regulation). Traditional tenancies at will are not covered, nor is the law meant to legitimize short-terms rentals by tenants in violation of their leases.

Short Term Rentals Member Advisory
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Lauren Paton, CPM, CAPS
Regional Director
Brookfield Properties
2019 RHA President
  

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. I am so excited to be the 2019 President of the Rental Housing Association and look forward to seeing each and every one of you throughout the year.
  
First and foremost, I want to thank 2018 RHA President, Kate Franco, for her outstanding year of leadership as RHA celebrated its 65th anniversary! On top of helping us hit many milestones at our programs and events, Kate also played an integral role in RHA's strategic planning process, which you will be learning more about this year!
  
One of the biggest changes in 2019 is the enhanced Membership structure for Industry Members. In the past, Industry Members paid principal dues, a fee for each unit they owned/managed, plus additional dues for each individual employee that wanted to be a member of RHA. In order to become a more robust and inclusive association, we restructured the dues model. Now, Industry Member dues will be on a company-wide basis - principal dues and unit fees will cover Membership for the entire company! Simply complete the company roster here and include with your dues payment to start receiving benefits for your whole team.
  
I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to get your colleagues involved in our association. Active Member's may further participate by signing up for one of our many committees. Please check out the committee sign-up form here for more information on current offerings.
  
Finally, we have some great upcoming programs and events that we hope you can attend:
  
2/26: Bruins Outing vs. San Jose Sharks
  
NAAEI Credential Programs:
2/4 - 2/6: National Apartment Leasing Professional Credential 
2/26 - 3/1: Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor Credential
4/3 - 4/12: Certified Apartment Manager Credential (Registration Coming Soon)
4/16 - 4/19: Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians
  
Save the Date for the RHA Expo which will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Hynes Convention Center! Reserve your Booth now! 
  
If you have any suggestions on how we can help strengthen RHA, please do not hesitate to contact Adrienne Maley at amaley@gbreb.com. 
  
Sincerely, 
  
Lauren Paton, CPM, CAPS
2019 RHA President
 
RHA President's Message - January 2019
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Check out the January edition of the RHA Insider- featuring association updates, information on upcoming events, plus local and national multifamily news.

Click Here for the January Edition of The RHA Insider
The RHA Insider - January 2019
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Thank you to our REFA Members for a wonderful year! We look forward to working with you all again in 2019!

Renew the Following Ways:

Pay Online
If you are an individual member with REFA, you pay pay online by credit card by clicking here. Having trouble logging in? Email  Courtney for your user credentials.

Pay by Fax or Email
Return a copy of your dues invoice with payment information to 617-588-0286 (or secure efax line) or scan and email to cmchugh@gbreb.com.

Pay by Mail
Return a copy of your invoice and payment information (credit cards or checks payable to REFA) to:
REFA Membership, Three Center Plaza, Mezzanine Suite, Boston, MA 02108.

*Please note the deadline for renewals is January 31st, 2019


 

Renew Your REFA Membership Today!
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Thank you to our BOMA Members for a wonderful year! We are looking forward to what 2019 has to bring and hope you will join us for another great year of education, programming, and networking. We look forward to your participation this year!

Here's how you can renew:

1Renew Online by logging into your online BOMA Boston account. By renewing online, a receipt will be sent to you automatically. If you are in need of your username and password, please email Courtney.
2. Scan the completed invoice and send your payment to Courtney.
3. Fax your payment information to (617) 588-0286.

4. Send your payment information via snail mail to BOMA Boston (Attn: Courtney McHugh), Three Center Plaza, Mezzanine Suite, Boston, MA 02108.

5. Call in payment information at (617) 399-7867.


*Please note the deadline to renew your dues is January 31st, 2019.

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GBREB NEWS

2019 Installation of Officers, January 24th

 

GBREB Installation
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Find out what BOMA Boston is offering in the New Year!

ENews Features include:
Welcome from President J. Scott Rickards
BOMA Roundtable: Excellence in Property Management
Ski Trip at Loon Mountain
Installation of GBREB Officers
Leadership Development Workshop
Winter 2019 Education - BOMI and more
BOMA Membership Renewals
New Members
BOMA International Events

Read the January 2019 ENews

January 2019 ENews
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Only REFA puts you at the Center of it All. 

From the skyline to the bottom line, finance impacts all aspects of the real estate industry. Only REFA puts you at the center of it all, connecting you with the leaders who are changing the game, the trends that are impacting the future, and the tools to grow your career and our community. To learn more about how REFA puts you at the center of it all, please click here

At The Center of it All
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Kathleen D. Franco
Chief Executive Officer
Trinity Management, LLC
2018 RHA President
 
Can it be December already?  It has been such a pleasure serving as your 2018 RHA President. 2018 was truly an amazing and productive year for the RHA.   In 2018 we celebrated our 65th Anniversary with robust programming and plentiful networking opportunities to best serve our members.  
 
As 2018 draws to a close, we are delighted to report that RHA’s Membership continues to be strong with 577 Members, including 188 Affiliate Members and 389 Industry Members, representing 156,708 rental units around New England.
 
RHA enriched 310 members and guests with valuable educational programs including NAAEI credentials: CAPS, CAM, NALP and CAMT. RHA showcased new developments and industry trendsetters in the successful Breakfast Buzz and Biz series. RHA provided networking opportunities for 2,779 members and guests at events such as the Summer Cookout, Maintenance Mania and our signature annual tradeshow. We rounded out the year with the President’s Awards Dinner where we honored Massachusetts Speaker of the House, Robert A. DeLeo, with the Excellence in Public Service Award and Karen Fish-Will, Principal & CEO, Peabody Companies, with the Industry Excellence Award. As we wrap-up the year, through our charitable efforts, we are pleased to be donating $30K to Rosie’s Place and Friends of Boston’s Homeless.
 
Administratively, we completed a thorough strategic planning exercise and have a new Strategic Plan for implementation in 2019, which we feel strengthens our commitment to our membership and relevance in the industry. One key initiative of the 2019 Strategic Plan is a change in RHA’s Membership structure from an individual based plan to a more inclusive company based membership.   More information about the membership change can be found here.  More information about the Strategic Plan will be shared in 2019 under the leadership of Lauren Paton, Regional Director, Brookfield, 2019 RHA President and the 2019 Board of Directors.  
 
Thank you for your contributions to the RHA’s successful year.   We look forward to your continued support and participation in the RHA in 2019! 
 
If you have any suggestions on how we can help strengthen RHA, please do not hesitate to contact Adrienne Maley at amaley@gbreb.com

Sincerely, 

Kate Franco
2018 RHA President 

RHA President's Message 2018
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Find out what BOMA Boston is offering for upcoming events and education this Winter! 

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December 2018 ENews
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REFA ADOPTS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION POLICY

 

 

REFA Adopts Diversity and Inclusion Policy
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Massachusetts SJC Upholds Independent 3rd Party Appraisals

In September GBREB filed an Amicus Curiam , or “Friends the Court” brief in the case of Buffalo-Water, LLC V. Fidelity Real Estate Company LLC.  

In this case the two parties reached a contractual agreement on the purchase/sale of commercial property, with the price being established by a 3rd party appraiser. In this case, Buffalo Water did not like the number that the appraiser arrived at for the sale price and sought to extricate themselves from the transaction.

Under Massachusetts law, judicial review of an independent third party appraisal in a transaction like this was limited to cases of fraud, corruption, dishonesty or bad faith. This case is an attempt to create additional categories to discredit the third party appraisal and thwart a transaction.

The issue on appeal in this case  is whether we should modify this common-law rule and allow a judge to invalidate an appraisal intended by the parties to provide a final, binding valuation of a property where there is the appearance of bias, not on the part of the individual who conducted the appraisal, but on the part of the entity that employed the individual appraiser.

On November 26th,  the SJC concluded that the common-law rule established in Eliot v. Coulter, 322 Mass. 86, 91 (1947),  properly balances the need for fair valuations with the need for finality in the appraisal process, and that an appearance of bias alone is insufficient to invalidate an appraisal. Because the allegations in the complaint, if proved, do not warrant a finding of any violation of the agreements setting forth the terms of the appraisal, or a finding of fraud, corruption, dishonesty, or bad faith by the individual appraiser, or a finding of breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by the defendant, the SJC affirmed the Superior Court judge's order allowing the defendant's motion to dismiss.

The Amicus Brief filed on behalf of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board states that the current law should be upheld and that no new categories or exceptions should be created judicially as that is best left to the Massachusetts Legislature.  The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision upheld GBREB's position.

 


 

Court Upholds Independent Appraisals
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Lapatin on the Law is a monthly legal update for RHA Members

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Lapatin on the Law - November 2018
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Find out what BOMA Boston is offering for upcoming events and education this Fall! 

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November 2018 ENews
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The November 9th Breakfast Buzz & Biz program has been postponed
November Breakfast Buzz & Biz Postponed
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2018 World Series Champions!
Congratulations Boston Red Sox
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2018 World Series Champions!
Congratulations Boston Red Sox
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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE 30TH ANNUAL REFA GALA!

Thank you to all who joined us and helped to support this year's REFA Gala! It was a wonderful evening honoring both David Manfredi and Elizabeth Lowrey of Elkus Manfredi Architects with the Robert S. Swain Jr. Distinguished Service Award! In honoring David Manfredi and Elizabeth Lowrey, REFA presented its first design firm with the Robert S. Swain Jr. Distinguished Service Award. In addition, REFA formally unveiled its new brand, as well as recognized the past REFA Gala honorees as part of its 30th Anniversary Celebration.

To view photos from the event, please click here

To watch the full 2018 REFA Gala honoree video, please click here.

To visit the REFA Gala website and for more information regarding the Annual REFA Gala, please visit www.annualrefagala.com
Thank You For Supporting the 30th Annual REFA Gala!
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Upcoming Events

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CBA Achievement Awards
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