ApplyConnect is New and Improved for Your Tenant Screening!

ApplyConnect is New and Improved for Your Tenant Screening!

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Can we get a drum roll, please? ApplyConnect is ready to debut it’s all-new, beautifully designed, and radically improved website!

What does this mean for you? Quite a lot, actually.

simplified tenant screening mobile

ApplyConnect is now completely mobile-friendly!

ApplyConnect has made it easier to invite your applicants to share their credit and background checks, complete the online rental application, and use property marketing tools such as the “Promote My Property” feature. The updated site is easier to navigate and includes a helpful sidebar for simple, intuitive access. Everything that you can do on a desktop is just as easy to do from your smartphone!

ApplyConnect is now completely mobile-friendly!

simplified tenant screening mobile

ApplyConnect has made it easier to invite your applicants to share their credit and background checks, complete the online rental application, and use property marketing tools such as the “Promote My Property” feature. The updated site is easier to navigate and includes a helpful sidebar for simple, intuitive access. Everything that you can do on a desktop is just as easy to do from your smartphone!

ApplyConnect is cleaner, sleeker, and easier to review applicants!

ApplyConnect is cleaner, sleeker, and easier to review applicants!

Your dashboard has an updated view that increases the focus on your applicants who have shared their reports with you to make reviewing them easier. You can now request, view, and print your applicant’s reports without having to switch to your desktop! Your applicant’s credit and background check can be exported to PDF, or printed, combined with their rental application to help save you time.  

Your dashboard has an updated view that increases the focus on your applicants who have shared their reports with you to make reviewing them easier. You can now request, view, and print your applicant’s reports without having to switch to your desktop! Your applicant’s credit and background check can be exported to PDF, or printed, combined with their rental application to help save you time.  

Before and After the New ApplyConnect Redesign

Did someone say autosave and easier document upload?

Did someone say autosave and easier document upload?

The ApplyConnect online rental application has all the fundamental elements of a standard rental application packaged in a sleek digital form. This includes convenient spaces for the applicant to explain rental factors, from previous residences to the breed of their pets. Not only that, but your applicant’s information is autosaved as they’re completing it to help ensure they can finalize the full application without interruptions, and it’s easy to use on mobile and desktop. Your rental applicants can even upload documents, such as pay stubs and bank statements, with great ease.

The ApplyConnect online rental application has all the fundamental elements of a standard rental application packaged in a sleek digital form. This includes convenient spaces for the applicant to explain rental factors, from previous residences to the breed of their pets. Not only that, but your applicant’s information is autosaved as they’re completing it to help ensure they can finalize the full application without interruptions, and it’s easy to use on mobile and desktop. Your rental applicants can even upload documents, such as pay stubs and bank statements, with great ease.

Promote Your Property

Promote Your Property

The ‘Promote Your Property’ tool helps you to create links that allow applicants to easily apply for your property without requiring you to personally invite them. You can create a custom marketing link for all of your properties (no limit on links), and include them in your online advertising or send the link directly to your applicants by text or email. Since ApplyConnect is completely mobile-friendly, you can offer more ways for applicants to complete the process without hassle.

The ‘Promote Your Property’ tool helps you to create links that allow applicants to easily apply for your property without requiring you to personally invite them. You can create a custom marketing link for all of your properties (no limit on links), and include them in your online advertising or send the link directly to your applicants by text or email. Since ApplyConnect is completely mobile-friendly, you can offer more ways for applicants to complete the process without hassle.

You trust ApplyConnect to provide you with a high-quality credit and background check to help make well-informed decisions about potential tenants. It’s our mission to make this process safe and convenient for you. Let us know what you think of the new look!

You trust ApplyConnect to provide you with a high-quality credit and background check to help make well-informed decisions about potential tenants. It’s our mission to make this process safe and convenient for you. Let us know what you think of the new look!

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When you think of an emotional support animal, what comes to mind? It would be fair to assume the first thought to enter one’s head would be a dog, if not some kind of bipedal mammal — and most likely not a reptilian carnivore with razor-sharp teeth.

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.

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.

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”.

Check out ApplyConnect’s HUD guidance breakdown: https://www.applyconnect.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Emotional-support-animals_-HUDs-Guidance-cliff-notes-AC-Version.pdf

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When you think of an emotional support animal, what comes to mind? It would be fair to assume the first thought to enter one’s head would be a dog, if not some kind of bipedal mammal — and most likely not a reptilian carnivore with razor-sharp teeth.

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.

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.

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”.

Check out ApplyConnect’s HUD guidance breakdown: https://www.applyconnect.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Emotional-support-animals_-HUDs-Guidance-cliff-notes-AC-Version.pdf

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©2018 ApplyConnect. All rights reserved

ApplyConnect marks used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of applyconnect.com. Other product and company names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.