Introducing Our New Tenant Portal on Buildium

Professional Real Estate Management and Investment Services Inc. is pleased to announce that we are transitioning to a new tenant portal starting July 1st. The new portal will be on Buildium, which offers tenants new and exciting benefits that will make our your lives easier. 

The tenant portal will be your one-stop shop for everything you need regarding your leased unit. Here's a quick rundown of some of the features you can expect from this new portal.

Simple Rent Payments

You'll be able to pay your rent online using this portal, and your payments will be processed right away without any hassle. You can access the rent payment tool on your mobile device by using our mobile website or our app, making payments easier than ever.

Instant Maintenance Requests

Having a problem with your unit? Now you can submit maintenance requests online instantly so they can be resolved quickly and without any effort on your part. Landlords will be notified of maintenance requests right away so they can easily fix the problem in a timely manner.

Access to Rental Documents

Need to take a look at your lease agreement? You'll be able to access it on your portal instantly, no matter where you are. This new portal is mobile friendly so your lease agreement will always be at your fingertips.

Have Any Questions? We're Happy to Help!

We're excited to take this next step in making all of our tenant's lives a bit simpler. If you have any questions about this new portal or run into any issues, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Applying for Unemployment Benefits: Everything You Need to Know

If your income has been negatively affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, you're not alone. Millions of people have temporarily or permanently lost their jobs due to this pandemic, making it difficult or impossible to pay monthly bills. 

Luckily, with the passing of the CARES Act (Coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security), new benefits have been made available, and more people are eligible for unemployment benefits. If you have lost your job or your income, you can apply for unemployment benefits to keep you afloat so you can continue to pay bills and expenses each month.

Here's everything you need to know about applying for unemployment, what the benefits are, and understanding the stimulus checks that will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Who's Eligible for Unemployment?

With the passing of the CARES act, eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits have significantly expanded, meaning just about everyone who has lost income due to the coronavirus is now eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

More specifically, people who may be eligible for unemployment include:

  • Employees that have lost their jobs
  • Employees that have taken a significant cut in wages
  • Gig workers (Uber drivers, food delivery services)
  • Contract workers
  • Freelance workers
  • People that are self-employed

To qualify for coronavirus unemployment benefits, you must meet one of three criteria:

  • You were ordered to quarantine by a medical professional or government agency (non-essential business shutdowns)
  • You lost your job (temporarily or permanently) due to the coronavirus
  • You are caring for a family member who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus

Previously, gig workers, freelancers, and self-employed workers were not eligible for unemployment. Luckily, this bill has dramatically expanded benefits to all types of workers that have been financially affected by this pandemic.

What Are the Unemployment Benefits?

Unemployment benefits vary from state to state, but in Florida, you can earn a maximum of $275 per week. However, the CARES act has added an additional $600 per week for up to four months of unemployment.

This means if you are approved for unemployment benefits, you can earn up to $875 per week for the next four months or until you start receiving your regular income again.

How to Apply for Unemployment

Applying for unemployment is easy, but with the increase in traffic over the last couple of weeks, it may take a bit longer for the website to load. 

All you need to do is fill out and submit your unemployment application here. In order to fill out your application, you will need your:

  • Social security number
  • Driver's license or state ID
  • Your past 18 months of employment (name of employer, reason for separation, earnings, and date of employment)

Once you submit your application, your claim will go to review to determine whether or not you qualify for unemployment benefits. 

Understanding the Stimulus Checks

In addition to the expansion of unemployment benefits, most workers will also receive a one-time stimulus check in the next few weeks for up to $1,200. In order to receive the stimulus check, you must have filed your taxes in either 2018 or 2019. If you were not eligible for the stimulus based on your 2018 salary, but you are eligible based on your 2019 salary, you should file your taxes for 2019 right away (if you haven't already) so you receive your check.

Here are the criteria for receiving the stimulus check:

  • All Americans with an adjusted gross income below $75,000 (or $150,000 for married couples) will receive the full amount of $1,200 (or $2,400 for married couples)
  • An extra $500 will be given per each dependant child
  • People with no income are eligible for the same amount ($1,200 for each adult + $500 for each child)
  • People who have been listed as a dependent on another person's tax return are not eligible
  • People who receive their income from means-tested programs, such as Social Security, are eligible and do not need to have filed their taxes to receive a stimulus check
  • Americans who make between $75,000 and $99,000 (or married couples making between $150,000 and $198,000) are eligible for reduced stimulus checks

These payments are not taxable and may arrive in as little as three weeks. If you have direct deposit set up with the IRS, you will receive your payments quicker. If not, you will receive your stimulus check via the postal service.

Apply for Unemployment Today

If you have been financially affected by the coronavirus, you are likely eligible for some unemployment benefits. Apply today so you can start receiving some financial assistance to keep you afloat through these tough times.

COVID-19 and Your Tenancy

Valued Tenants and Friends,

 

First and foremost, we hope that you and your family are healthy and doing well. These are challenging and unpredictable times for us all.

In light of the current circumstances, we’ve made some recent changes to the way we do business. These changes are for your safety and for ours.

To begin, our office is no longer open for walk-in traffic. Rent payments may be made either online at http://www.premisrealty.com/pay-rent-online, by US Postal Mail, or by using the drop slot at the top of our office door. Cash payments will no longer be accepted. If you choose to drop off or mail a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check, please make sure that the rental property address is on it.

Maintenance requests must be made either by telephone at 727-447-5100 or online at http://www.premisrealty.com/premis-maintenance-request. As of right now all of the vendors who work for us are still making service calls. Please use best practices and adhere to social distancing if a vendor comes to your home to make a necessary repair. This is for your safety and theirs.

Lastly, lease renewals will be done by email and signed electronically. Renewal inspections will be deferred until the situation changes. You may report any concerns that you have when the renewal addendum is emailed to you. If there’s something that you want us to see, please feel free to send pictures back with the renewal. We may still drive by to check the exterior condition, roof, and trees.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Our best to you and yours.

 

Professional Real Estate Management

Tenant Summer AC Maintenance Information

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us and relief is months away.  This is not only creating stress for you and increasing your utility costs, but is stressing your air conditioning unit. 

Here are some common sense and easy things you can learn and do to help your system keep you as comfortable as possible in the Florida summer.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND:  Generally speaking any air conditioning system is designed to hold up to a 20 degree difference between the outside air and the inside air, while keeping the humidity around 55%.  When the temperature outside reaches 95, your air conditioner will run continuously and really begin driving up the electric use attempting to reach anything below 75 degrees.  With an outside temperature of 98 degrees, for highest efficiency you should set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees. With extreme humidity that heat index could well be at or over 100 degrees. The difference between setting your thermostat at 72 degrees and 78 degrees can increase your cooling costs by as much as 47%.

TO HELP YOUR AIR CONDITIONER KEEP YOU COOL:

  1. Make certain you have clean filters. Change them often.  This will increase air flow through the house.
  2. Make certain no furniture is blocking air conditioning wall air return vents.
  3. Use your ceiling fans or get floor fans.
  4. Make certain all shades are closed on the “sunny sides” of the house.
  5. Reduce heat sources. Use less lighting, turn fans off when no one is in the room, keep heat producing appliances, such as televisions or lamps, away from the thermostat.  Their heat can make the thermostat think it needs to work harder to cool the room.  Limit cooking and baking to the coolest part of the day.

Do not turn your air conditioner off when you are leaving for work or going on vacation.  Leave it set at 80-82 degrees.  This keeps humidity from building up, reduces energy consumption and will not over tax the air conditioning system when you get home and turn the temperature down again. 

Armed with this information and a tall glass of ice tea, we wish you all a comfortable summer.

        The Dog Days of Summer are upon us and relief is months away.  This is not only creating stress for you and increasing your utility costs, but is stressing your air conditioning unit. 

Here are some common sense and easy things you can learn and do to help your system keep you as comfortable as possible in the Florida summer.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND:  Generally speaking any air conditioning system is designed to hold up to a 20 degree difference between the outside air and the inside air, while keeping the humidity around 55%.  When the temperature outside reaches 95, your air conditioner will run continuously and really begin driving up the electric use attempting to reach anything below 75 degrees.  With an outside temperature of 98 degrees, for highest efficiency you should set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees. With extreme humidity that heat index could well be at or over 100 degrees. The difference between setting your thermostat at 72 degrees and 78 degrees can increase your cooling costs by as much as 47%.

TO HELP YOUR AIR CONDITIONER KEEP YOU COOL:

  1. Make certain you have clean filters. Change them often.  This will increase air flow through the house.
  2. Make certain no furniture is blocking air conditioning wall air return vents.
  3. Use your ceiling fans or get floor fans.
  4. Make certain all shades are closed on the “sunny sides” of the house.
  5. Reduce heat sources. Use less lighting, turn fans off when no one is in the room, keep heat producing appliances, such as televisions or lamps, away from the thermostat.  Their heat can make the thermostat think it needs to work harder to cool the room.  Limit cooking and baking to the coolest part of the day.

Do not turn your air conditioner off when you are leaving for work or going on vacation.  Leave it set at 80-82 degrees.  This keeps humidity from building up, reduces energy consumption and will not over tax the air conditioning system when you get home and turn the temperature down again. 

Armed with this information and a tall glass of ice tea, we wish you all a comfortable summer.