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Congratulations to the 2020 BOMA Boston TOBY & Industry Award Winners!
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See you at next year's TOBY & Industry Awards! 



Announcing the 2020 TOBY and Industry Award Winners!

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

November Affiliate Spotlight Companies 
Sullivan Engineering

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 Citron Hygiene
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October Affiliate Spotlight Companies 
Able Services

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September Affiliate Spotlight Companies
Pritchard Industries

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Usource

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HETI 
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BOMA Affiliate Spotlight

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

 Read the November BOMA Enews. 

November 2020 E-News

Governor Baker Signs Executive Order for a Recommended Curfew

 

Today, Monday, November 2nd, Governor Baker announced that he has signed an executive order for a recommended curfew between 10:00PM and 5:00AM beginning Friday, November 6th. The revised stay at home advisory asks residents avoid unnecessary activities that could lead to increased COVID transmission. 

 

Beginning this Friday, November 6th, certain businesses and activities are required to close at 9:30PM. These include:

  • Restaurants (takeout and delivery may continue past 9:30PM for food and non-alcoholic beverages)
  • Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol
  • Adult-use marijuana sales (not including medical)
  • Indoor and outdoor events
  • Theaters/movie theaters (including drive-in)
  • Youth and adult amateur sports events
  • Golf facilities
  • Recreational boating
  • Outdoor recreational experiences
  • Casinos and horse tracks/simulcast facilities
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserve and nature centers
  • Close contact personal services (including hair and nail salons)
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Museums/cultural and historical facilities, guided tours

Click here for more information.

Civil Unrest in the Wake of Tomorrow's Election

 

Whether it is to celebrate, or to protest it is likely that folks will take to the streets tomorrow night following the election. Please read this article by NBC Boston to hear more about crews boarding up their buildings to lower risk and damage if the protests take a turn.

 

To mitigate impacts, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provides resources to the infrastructure community to support efforts in protecting people and property. Please view their documents below regarding protecting infrastructure and outdoor diners during public demonstrations.


Protecting Infrastructure During Public Demonstrations
Protecting Patrons in Outdoor Eating Venues
BOMA International Civil Unrest Guide 

Preparedness Reminders: 2020 Election and Revised Executive Order
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

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
 

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Dec 10, 2020
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MAA/BOMA Boston Webinar: High Performing Teams
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