It’s Here! The New Apply Three from ApplyConnect

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It’s Here! The New Apply Three from ApplyConnect

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There’s a lot going on in 2020. It’s about time for something distinctly not bad to happen. How about something exciting? Something that can help applicants?  Something with that ever-prominent oxymoron, new and improved?

How about giving applicants the ability to apply for up to 3 properties with one purchase?

What’s New?

Our brand-new product is called the Apply Three. When applicants go looking for a new home, they don’t always end up with the first one they apply to. Sometimes the rental applicant takes a peak, looks around, sees what they like, sees what they don’t, and it takes a few tries to find their new home. Other times landlords do their research to find their perfect tenant, vetting through tenant screening, and unfortunately the applicant gets denied. In either situation the applicant oftentimes ends up paying multiple application fees that tend to add up right before the major expenses involved with moving. This is why ApplyConnect has added a better way for applicants to apply that will improve the odds of getting approved for their new home!

There’s a lot going on in 2020. It’s about time for something distinctly not bad to happen. How about something exciting? Something that can help applicants?  Something with that ever-prominent oxymoron, new and improved?

How about giving applicants the ability to apply for up to 3 properties with one purchase?

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What’s New?

Our brand-new product is called the Apply Three. When applicants go looking for a new home, they don’t always end up with the first one they apply to. Sometimes the rental applicant takes a peak, looks around, sees what they like, sees what they don’t, and it takes a few tries to find their new home. Other times landlords do their research to find their perfect tenant, vetting through tenant screening, and unfortunately the applicant gets denied. In either situation the applicant oftentimes ends up paying multiple application fees that tend to add up right before the major expenses involved with moving. This is why ApplyConnect has added a better way for applicants to apply that will improve the odds of getting approved for their new home!

Introducing the Apply Three! This new option from ApplyConnect allows applicants to plan ahead and increase their odds of finding a new home while saving money for the move. For $39.95, applicants can purchase their credit and background screening report with the option to share it with up to three different properties within a month of their purchase. This new product won’t change how landlords or real estate agents use ApplyConnect, but applicants will appreciate the option as a good way to save money when applying to multiple properties in a short time span.

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Introducing the Apply Three! This new option from ApplyConnect allows applicants to plan ahead and increase their odds of finding a new home while saving money for the move. For $39.95, applicants can purchase their credit and background screening report with the option to share it with up to three different properties within a month of their purchase. This new product won’t change how landlords or real estate agents use ApplyConnect, but applicants will appreciate the option as a good way to save money when applying to multiple properties in a short time span.

What’s Changed?

This is the first time ApplyConnect has added a second option for purchasing tenant screening reports which means the always trustworthy credit and background check needs a name! Introducing the Apply One. This is the same report you’ve trusted for nearly a decade, but with a slick new name. Like before, if a property operator so chooses, they can pay for the Apply One report for their applicants, or use ApplyConnect’s default setting to let the applicant purchase their report. The main difference is with recent additions, such as improved rental applications and the Regulatory Matrix, the Apply One will be slightly increasing the price to $29.95.

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What’s Changed?

This is the first time ApplyConnect has added a second option for purchasing tenant screening reports which means the always trustworthy credit and background check needs a name! Introducing the Apply One. This is same report you’ve trusted for nearly a decade, but with a slick new name. Like before, if a property operator so chooses, they can pay for the Apply One report for their applicants, or use ApplyConnect’s default setting to let the applicant purchase their report. The main difference is with recent additions, such as improved rental applications and the Regulatory Matrix, the Apply One will be slightly increasing the price to $29.95.

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    • Overall, the changes to include the Apply Three option will have a minimal impact for landlords and real estate agents, but can tremendously benefit rental applicants in a competitive market. Property operators get to see the applicant’s credit report and background check, and applicants have the ability to stress less while trying to find a new home. It’s a win-win!

    • Overall, the changes to include the Apply Three option will have a minimal impact for landlords and real estate agents, but can tremendously benefit rental applicants in a competitive market. Property operators get to see the applicant’s credit report and background check, and applicants have the ability to stress less while trying to find a new home. It’s a win-win!

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Since Wally’s uptick in popularity on the internet back in August, “alligators” as a related topic to the Google search query “emotional support animal” has seen a 300% increase in search frequency, most likely for the purposes of curious internet users seeing and reading about WallyGator for themselves. However, with the increase in popularity of keeping various species of reptiles as house pets and the common need for emotional support animals, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that people with legitimate mental health conditions, unique cases of PTSD, or related conditions could be looking into obtaining a support gator of their own.

As we’ve previously covered, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided guidance on how the Fair Housing Act (FHA) interfaces with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regarding emotional support animals. HUD classifies assistance animals into two different categories in order to distinguish their roles from one another: service animals (primarily dogs), and other trained animals that do work, perform tasks, and/or provide therapeutic emotional support for individuals with disabilities. Per HUD’s guidelines, because Wally is not a dog, he, therefore, cannot qualify as a service animal – so, how does HUD define Wally and his role, exactly?

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In Wally’s case, Henney received approval to use him as a support animal after expressing to his doctor he did not want to be medicated for depression following the deaths of several family members and close friends in a short period of time, and more recently, his untimely cancer diagnosis. Even before rescuing and adopting Wally, Henney has worked with and rescued reptiles (particularly alligators) for over thirty years, and his vocation is one he is very passionate about – so it stands to reason his support animal of choice would be one he’s so accustomed to working with.

Because the ADA makes the same distinction that an emotional support animal would only be classified as such due to its mere presence providing comfort as opposed to employing any training to respond to a situation, HUD’s guidelines technically, but clearly grant Wally his status as a legitimate emotional support animal under federal law.

While Wally’s status is protected in the eyes of the law, HUD also states that a housing provider can refuse a reasonable accommodation request for a support or assistance animal if said animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or would result in substantial physical damage to the property of other which cannot be reduced or eliminated. However, before denying such a request due to a lack of information, a housing provider is encouraged to engage in a “good-faith” conversation with the owner of the support animal to gather information about the animal and mitigate any potential misunderstandings regarding its purpose.

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In enters WallyGator: a five-and-a-half foot, 70-pound TikTok famous alligator with over 72,600 followers on the platform owned by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native Joie Henney. While it is legal to own alligators in Philadelphia, that isn’t the case in many other states — nor is it likely that the majority of pet gators, if any, qualify as emotional support animals. Or is it?

Since Wally’s uptick in popularity on the internet back in August, “alligators” as a related topic to the Google search query “emotional support animal” has seen a 300% increase in search frequency, most likely for the purposes of curious internet users seeing and reading about WallyGator for themselves. However, with the increase in popularity of keeping various species of reptiles as house pets and the common need for emotional support animals, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that people with legitimate mental health conditions, unique cases of PTSD, or related conditions could be looking into obtaining a support gator of their own.

As we’ve previously covered, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided guidance on how the Fair Housing Act (FHA) interfaces with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regarding emotional support animals. HUD classifies assistance animals into two different categories in order to distinguish their roles from one another: service animals (primarily dogs), and other trained animals that do work, perform tasks, and/or provide therapeutic emotional support for individuals with disabilities. Per HUD’s guidelines, because Wally is not a dog, he, therefore, cannot qualify as a service animal – so, how does HUD define Wally and his role, exactly?

HUD states if the service animal status is not readily apparent, to limit inquiries to two questions: “Is the animal required because of a disability?” and “What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?”, and if the answer to either question is no, then following denial of service animal status under federal, HUD states that the animal can still qualify as a support animal or other assistance animal, depending on what needs to be accommodated.

In Wally’s case, Henney received approval to use him as a support animal after expressing to his doctor he did not want to be medicated for depression following the deaths of several family members and close friends in a short period of time, and more recently, his untimely cancer diagnosis. Even before rescuing and adopting Wally, Henney has worked with and rescued reptiles (particularly alligators) for over thirty years, and his vocation is one he is very passionate about – so it stands to reason his support animal of choice would be one he’s so accustomed to working with.

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While Wally’s status is protected in the eyes of the law, HUD also states that a housing provider can refuse a reasonable accommodation request for a support or assistance animal if said animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or would result in substantial physical damage to the property of other which cannot be reduced or eliminated. However, before denying such a request due to a lack of information, a housing provider is encouraged to engage in a “good-faith” conversation with the owner of the support animal to gather information about the animal and mitigate any potential misunderstandings regarding its purpose.

Luckily for most property owners, WallyGator is very much an anomaly, and most folks aren’t scrambling to obtain an emotional support gator of their very own, anyway. Henney himself calls Wally a “very special gator” (he’s trained Wally to understand commands and to keep his mouth closed around other people) and actively discourages others to adopt a pet alligator if they’re not actively predisposed to working with alligators, stating “if you don’t know what you’re doing, you will get bit”.

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