Extra Extra! Read All About How You Can Pay Rent Online!

Extra Extra! Read All About How You Can Pay Rent Online!

This season has been full of change! Sometimes good, sometimes weird, sometimes quite bad. Sometimes the change involved murder hornets, and sometimes designed with you in mind. Yes, you know all about our spring cleaning gave ApplyConnect an entirely new look that would make Tim Gunn proud. We unveiled a facelift that centered around making your job that much easier, but you know what? That’s not enough for us.

ApplyConnect has moved forward to partner with PayRent, which allows you to collect rental payments online. It’s 2020 after all, and hindsight has shown us what happens when you shake too many hands. You don’t know who they’ve interacted with or where they’ve been, where they put their checks – having it all online just makes more sense in our current world. Not only that, but online rent payments make it easier for your tenants to pay up, too. They’ve got busy lives, working from home or not. Instead of having to go to the bank and get some checks and come back and find you and drop it off and fight social anxiety or hire a babysitter, they just have to click a button. It saves them time and energy, not to mention it fights off the need to procrastinate. Tenants can pay you while having Twitter up in different tab, and not miss a moment of their latest Netflix Binge.

This season has been full of change! Sometimes good, sometimes weird, sometimes quite bad. Sometimes the change involved murder hornets, and sometimes designed with you in mind. Yes, you know all about our spring cleaning gave ApplyConnect an entirely new look that would make Tim Gunn proud. We unveiled a facelift that centered around making your job that much easier, but you know what? That’s not enough for us.

ApplyConnect has moved forward to partner with PayRent, which allows you to collect rental payments online. It’s 2020 after all, and hindsight has shown us what happens when you shake too many hands. You don’t know who they’ve interacted with or where they’ve been, where they put their checks – having it all online just makes more sense in our current world. Not only that, but online rent payments make it easier for your tenants to pay up, too. They’ve got busy lives, working from home or not. Instead of having to go to the bank and get some checks and come back and find you and drop it off and fight social anxiety or hire a babysitter, they just have to click a button. It saves them time and energy, not to mention it fights off the need to procrastinate. Tenants can pay you while having Twitter up in different tab, and not miss a moment of their latest Netflix Binge.

When you log into your ApplyConnect account you will see a new menu option titled, “Collect Rent Online.” From there you can get started in your deep dive about our partnership with PayRent. Once you set up your account, you will be ready to start collecting your rent with an instant click. There’s no delay, no need to wear gloves and a mask, no need to handle dirty cash or checks. And don’t worry! Your account is completely free, and there is no limit to how many properties you can list. Your portfolio can be just as unique as you are, with each property having its own settings so you can keep it organized to your own needs.

When you log into your ApplyConnect account you will see a new menu option titled, “Collect Rent Online.” From there you can get started in your deep dive about our partnership with PayRent. Once you set up your account, you will be ready to start collecting your rent with an instant click. There’s no delay, no need to wear gloves and a mask, no need to handle dirty cash or checks. And don’t worry! Your account is completely free, and there is no limit to how many properties you can list. Your portfolio can be just as unique as you are, with each property having its own settings so you can keep it organized to your own needs.

online payment

Taking a step to online payment may feel scary. If you’re a luddite or not, taking physical checks or cash feels safe. You know what you’re getting into, and you have a history of this working for you. You know how to handle a check, and cold hard cash is even better, because you know for sure that you are getting exactly what you want. Everyone would like to have their rent paid that way, something solid that can be depended on… but the world is still moving forward.

online payment

Taking a step to online payment may feel scary. If you’re a luddite or not, taking physical checks or cash feels safe. You know what you’re getting into, and you have a history of this working for you. You know how to handle a check, and cold hard cash is even better, because you know for sure that you are getting exactly what you want. Everyone would like to have their rent paid that way, something solid that can be depended on… but the world is still moving forward.

More and more of your applicants will be those raised more on credit cards than on cash. The truth of the matter is that only 8% of the world’s money is physical, leaving a whopping 92% digitized. When you’re talking to future applicants and tell them that you don’t take online rent payments, it will be a mark against you in their hunt for a new home. If you’re facing a millennial or Gen Z-er you want to be able to tell them that they can pay off their rent the same way that they can play everything else: from the comfort of their sweat pants and bunny slippers.

If you’re ready to take that step and get your rent payments online, then all you need to do is log into your ApplyConnect account and click “Collect Rent Online”. Check it out here.

More and more of your applicants will be those raised more on credit cards than on cash. The truth of the matter is that only 8% of the world’s money is physical, leaving a whopping 92% digitized. When you’re talking to future applicants and tell them that you don’t take online rent payments, it will be a mark against you in their hunt for a new home. If you’re facing a millennial or Gen Z-er you want to be able to tell them that they can pay off their rent the same way that they can play everything else: from the comfort of their sweat pants and bunny slippers.

If you’re ready to take that step and get your rent payments online, then all you need to do is log into your ApplyConnect account and click “Collect Rent Online”. Check it out here.

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Can Your Tenant Legally Own An Alligator As An Emotional Support Animal?

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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Can Your Tenant Legally Own An Alligator As An Emotional Support Animal?

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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