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Check out the November edition of the MAA Insider- featuring highlights from past events, information on upcoming events plus local and national multifamily news.

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MAA Insider - November 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

MAA 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.
The Boston Business Journal names Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops among the most charitable companies in Massachusetts. Click here for the full story.

The Peabody Companies
 partnered with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program(BHCHP) , completing a clothing drive with employees donating gloves, hats and undergarments to the organization. The company itself matched the donations, purchasing 20 winter coats to accompany the teams donation. Click here for the full story.
Support MAA's Charitable Partner, Rosie's Place! Click here to view what they are doing and how you can help.
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!
Yardi Systems has always supported the communities in which its offices are located. In March, Yardi committed millions of dollars for hunger relief services across North America in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the real estate software leader announced a second round of funding for these 22 food banks. Among them was the Greater Boston Food Bank, which has received $148,000 to date.
MAA Gives Back!
GBREB NEWS

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.   In addition, DHCD has also provided a list of frequently asked questions  for owners about accepting state rental assistance. 
 
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Check out the October edition of the MAA Insider- featuring highlights from past events, information on upcoming events plus local and national multifamily news.

Read the October MAA Insider.
MAA Insider - October 2020
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

 
MAA & GBREB Update
Temporary Halt on Residential Evictions


Dear MAA Members,

On Tuesday, September 2nd, the CDC, at the direction of President Trump, filed an order to temporarily halt residential evictions in order to precent the further spread of COVID. We expect this to go into affect Friday, September 4th.

Please review the following memos from NAA and GBREB. We will continue to work with NAA and GBREB to keep you informed of updates.

NAA CDC Update
Turk & Quijano, LLP CDC Agency Order
CDC Affidavit


Feel free to reach out to Adrienne Maley, Executive Vice President, if you have questions.



Temporary Halt on Residential Evictions

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Check out the September edition of the MAA Insider- featuring highlights from past events, information on upcoming events plus local and national multifamily news.

 Read the September MAA Insider.
MAA Insider - September 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Check out the July edition of the MAA Insider- featuring highlights from past events, information on upcoming events plus local and national multifamily news.

Read the August MAA Insider.
MAA Insider - August 2020
 

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MAA/BOMA Boston Webinar: High Performing Teams
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MAA Expo 2021
Hynes Convention Center