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.

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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.

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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.

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MAA Insider - August 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.

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MAA Insider - July 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Check out the June 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 - June 2020

 

Dear MAA Members and Friends,

 

This has been a challenging year for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested us, and we are proud of the way our MAA community has come together to support one another.

 

While our world is already struggling, recent acts of violence, including the tragic murder of George Floyd, remind us that overt racism, as well as less-obvious injustices, are the reality for too many. This moment has highlighted inequalities that have existed in our society for centuries.

 

Violence against Black people must end, and ingrained systems of oppression must be challenged. We stand in solidarity with courageous protesters around the country. We value the millions of voices that will not be silent against violence and racism.

 

Individually, we must all look inward and consider where our own prejudices lie. We must begin to do the work of shifting our biases. As a community, we must create a dialogue for progress. We can use our positions of power in the real estate community to help advance equity through housing and career opportunities, and by holding our leaders accountable.

 

For our part, MAA will continue to be an association of growth and acceptance. We will work to find ways to become more welcoming to everyone. As an industry, while we build housing, we will build communities of respect.

 

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

 

Thank you,

Massachusetts Apartment Association



A Message Fom MAA

 
COVID-19 Resources for the Apartment Community

MAA regularly updates this page with local, national, and apartment industry news, notices, and resources. 

News:
GBREB legal analysis of Massachusetts eviction moratorium - 4/21 - Read now 
Massachusetts eviction moratorium, signed by Governor Baker - 4/21 - Read now
Opening Up America. View Here
Analysis of FEMA Framework for Reopening America by InspiRE - 4/15 - Read now
NAA - Rental Housing Industry analysis of CARES Act - 4/1. Read now
GBREB legal analysis of rent collection issues during COVID-19. Read now
Mass Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers - 3/28. Read now 
GBREB legal analysis of Massachusetts "essential services" for Commercial Real Estate. Read now
NAA new COVID-19 federal laws. Watch now
Massachusetts construction and worksite guidelines. Read now
Housing Court standing order - 3/13. Read now 
Guidelines for open house and apartment showings in Boston. Read now 

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

Real Estate Resources:
National Apartment Association resources, including relevant government and legal news, daily micro-webinars, best practices, tips for working from home, HUD communications, cleaning advice, and more
NAA webinars and videos including daily micro-webinars 
5/26/20 Tishman Speyer - Returning to the Workplace
National Apartment Association Twitter - many helpful news stories and updates from around the web
NAA Breakdown of $1 of Rent - Video and Infographic
NAA Webinar - 6 Feet Apart for Suppliers - 4/15 - Watch Now
ATI Go Back Safely Program Guide

Government and other Resources:
Home readiness checklist by CDC 
Legal advisories from Boston law firm, Nutter 
Grace Hill resources  - COVID 19 Team training manuals available for download 
Mass.gov DPH Corona virus news and updates
MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Resources 
Boston Public Health Commission - New Guidance on Face Coverings - Read Now 


What you can do:
*Help your residents or others find what they need: Winn Companies CONNECT: Use CONNECT to search for free and reduced cost services like food, healthcare, job opportunities, benefits enrollment, rent assistance and more. 

Give to MAA's Charitable Partner, Rosie's Place, a shelter and support system for homeless women in Boston. Donate now

Give to a food bank in your community or the Greater Boston Food Bank. Donate now


COVID-19 Resources for MAA
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






COVID-19

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Check out the May 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 - May 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Check out the April 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 - April 2020

 
COVID-19 Rent Policy Update

Click here to view Turk & Quijano, LLP's COVID-19 Rent Collection Issues Update for more information on the CARES Act. 







COVID-19 Rent Policy Update

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