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Maintenance Technician – EPA (Austin, TX)

Hire Priority Staffing, leaders in Apartment Maintenance Staffing is currently seeking a qualified Maintenance Tech – EPA to join our team. If you are a team player, who takes pride in their work, this may be the perfect opportunity for you!

Why become apart of our team?

  • We are a caring team, who believes in a great work-life balance
  • We offer a competitive hourly wage, and we pay weekly

Responsibilities of a Maintenance Tech:

  • Respond to and complete work orders in promptly
  • Trouble-shoots diagnoses and corrects minor appliance failures
  • Ensure the property’s appearance is excellent by picking up trash, replacing light bulbs, painting, and performing repairs
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned and assist Service Supervisor as needed

Requirements:

  • Minimum one year of apartment industry or related experience
  • HVAC experience is a plus!
  • Experience in painting, plumbing, basic electric, drywall, etc.
  • EPA certification (Universal) not required but helpful
  • Maintain professional appearance and demeanor

Please be available for an immediate interview!

Must provide identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S, and complete an application and interview process.

We look forward to adding you to our team!

INDAUS

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $17.00 to $18.00 /hour

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $17.00 to $18.00 /hour

License:

  • Driver’s License (Required)
  • EPA (Required)

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Other

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Work Remotely:

  • No

APPLY NOW

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Bilingual Leasing Consultant (Austin, TX)

Hire Priority, leaders in Multifamily Staffing is looking to hire a high-energy Bilingual Leasing Consultant, who is not afraid of working hard and loves interacting with people. If you are motivated, dependable, capable of closing deals, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, this may be the perfect opportunity for you!

Benefits of Being a Leasing Consultant:

  • Growth opportunities for advancement from within
  • Hourly up to $14/hr DOE plus great benefits and commissions

Leasing Consultant Responsibilities:

  • Engage with prospective residents by showing units and amenities
  • Generate leads and follow up with prospects
  • Prepare and process lease agreements
  • Provide excellent customer service to residents and future residents
  • Execute marketing strategies to increase traffic to the property

Leasing Consultant Requirements:

  • Fluency in Spanish (written and verbal)
  • Minimum one-year experience in the apartment industry preferred
  • Excellent customer service skills, professionalism, and self-confidence are a MUST
  • Weekend availability is a MUST

Please be available for an immediate interview!

Must provide identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S, and complete an application and interview process.

We look forward to adding you to our team!

INDAUS

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $13.00 to $14.00 /hour

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $13.00 to $14.00 /hour

Experience:

  • leasing: 1 year (Preferred)
  • onesite/yardi: 1 year (Preferred)

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends required

Company’s website:

  • http://hirepriority.com/

Company’s Facebook page:

  • https://www.facebook.com/hirepriority/?ref=aymthomepagepanel&eid=ARDFoYyBjcil3II2LVY6HzAIA92p2ANm6AXNO-1ker1B0kxFmhRz7c4lyjiZLzwC57tqWgW-xYuBvcYy

Work Remotely:

  • No

APPLY HERE

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How the Texas State and City Governments are Helping Renters and Landlords

How the Texas State and City Governments are Helping Renters and Landlords

May 1st came and went and with it saw another round of outcries from renters and landlords having to deal with unpaid rent and mortgage payments due to economic hardship caused by the pandemic.

The federal government has been dealing out relief checks to some American’s, however it has been largely left up to State governments to help out renters and landlords with their housing issues. Below are some of the things that are happening in the state of Texas to help out it’s renting and multifamily housing population.

Evictions are Banned by Some Counties

According to the Texas Tribune, “Some cities and counties have opted to ban evictions for even longer than the Texas Supreme Court has ordered. Austin has instituted a 60-day grace period, and the Dallas City Council may follow suit. Earlier this month, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins halted evictions through May 18. 

Harris County has also banned evictions through May 18.

Rent Relief Economic Packages

In Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a $15 million rent relief program that will use millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to help Houstonians pay their rent.

If approved, the relief package will be managed by the well-known local non-profit, BakerRipley.

Qualifying Houston renters who could not pay their April and/or May rent will get $1,056 of rental assistance per each month of missed April and May rent according to reports.

The program is supported by the Houston Apartment Association and is expected to help 6,818 renting households in the Houston area.

Other cities are following Houston’s example. San Antonio officials announced a $25 million emergency housing assistance program, and as of Thursday, 4,737 applications have been approved. 

The Dallas City Council allocated about $13.7 million in federal money to the rent and mortgage assistance programs. Some households will receive up to $1,500 in aid per month for three months, while others may get assistance for two years.

Apartment Associations are Stepping Up

Officials at the Texas Apartment Association, whose 12,000 members include around 7,500 property owners and operators, said they are unsure if there will be a sudden increase in evictions.

“I can’t predict what’s coming five minutes from now, much less five months from now,” said Chris Newton, executive vice president of the Texas Apartment Association. “But I do think it’s important that all the stakeholders are working together because this is where we are all in uncharted waters. We’re going to have to figure out a way to manage this.”

Newton said association members have been advised to work out deals with residents and that evictions are a last resource for them.

As we move towards June 1st and another rent cycle, we are glad to see that programs are being enacted that will help ease the pain of the multifamily housing industry and the renters that depend on it for their housing needs.

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5 Tips for Practicing Social Distancing in Apartment Communities

Beyond Countertops: Which Multifamily Amenities Are Performing Best

We are all well into the quarantine life the Novel Coronavirus has pushed onto us and are getting used to the “new normal” of the rules we have to live by. As we move into a new phase that includes loosening of some restrictions, many apartment communities may wonder how to reintroduce communal spaces to their residents.

Below we have 5 tips for community managers to help their residents continue to practice social distancing in their apartment properties.

1. Disinfect Shared Spaces Daily and Provide Hand Sanitizer

Many apartment communities closed all their non-essential common spaces when the social distancing rules went into place. These places included the main office, business center, fitness facilities, and dog parks. Now that the rules are starting to loosen, allowing restaurants and movie theaters to open, residents may be ready for their common spaces to open too.

First and foremost, a daily protocol of disinfectant by the maintenance staff will need to take place before these spaces can be opened. In addition, hand sanitizer must be provided at entrances for residents to use as they enter and exit. Even with sanitation efforts, spaces will need to be restricted to around 25% capacity. This means additional staff will need to be employed to count residents as they enter and exit.

2. Pools and Gyms

It may be safe to re-open the gym and pools at 25% capacity and with a sign in and sign out sheet. You may need to close every hour for sanitation. The most important aspect of reopening large spaces is being able to contact trace if someone tests positive for the virus. A sign in/sign out sheet will enable the community to not only control how many residents are in the space, but also which residents used the space that day. Closing the gym and pool every hour for a 15 min sanitation, wiping down equipment and chairs, will also ensure that germs do not spread.

3. Non-Emergency Maintenance Requests

Most communities shut down any maintenance requests that weren’t emergencies when the quarantine rules went into place. Communities may be considering accepting non-emergency maintenance requests as the restrictions loosen. It is important to make sure that there is no contact between the resident and the maintenance person when they visit the unit. Requiring the resident and the maintenance person to wear a mask when inside the unit is also essential. Rules that were put into place with emergency requests should be upheld in all future requests.

4. Laundry Room Appointments with Assigned Machines

The laundry room may have been considered an essential area for your community. If it wasn’t, there are helpful things you can do to safely reopen it. An online sign up system with time blocks and assigned machines will help in contact tracing and sanitation. Sanitizing the machines each time they are used is essential in stopping the spread of germs. Providing hand sanitizer at the entrance and requiring masks will also help keep your residents and staff safe.

5. Communication

Perhaps the most important aspect of reopening common spaces is communication with your residents. Even if you are not comfortable reopening, you can explain that to your residents so they don’t suffer frustration as they wonder what’s happening in their community. Make sure every resident has access to the messages you are sending out. This could mean putting a flyer on each door with a link to sign up for email or text message communications, or also providing paper bulletins on community boards for residents that don’t have phone or internet service.

While we are not in the all clear yet, life is starting to get back to “normal” as we go into May of 2020. Things might never be the way they were, but battling germs will always be something that community managers should consider for their residents. Some practices implemented now may be lasting moves to provide a safer and more enjoyable apartment community.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy During the Quarantine

America has now accepted that social distancing is essential in controlling the current health pandemic we find ourselves in. However, as the weeks drag on, we are all discovering that keeping to the quarantine isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

Aside from the financial ramifications of staying home, many people are also starting to experience emotional consequences of being away from friends, family, and society in general.

Taking care of your mental health is always important, however it is imperative in this period of quarantine. Fortunately, there are great ways to stay mentally healthy during these unprecedented times.

Keep in a Daily Routine

One of the biggest contributors to negative feelings in quarantine is loss of autonomy. We take for granted our ability to go where we want to go, when we want to go there. Without even realizing it, we can quickly start to feel feelings of frustration and angst when our freedom is taken away, even if we know it’s for a necessary reason.

Keeping in a daily routine within the confines of your quarantine location can help in alleviating these negative feelings. If you are working from home, you can make sure that you are keeping to a similar normal workday with scheduled lunches and breaks. You can also block off 40min time chunks with 20min breaks in between to work on certain work tasks. Use the 20min break times to check the news, social media, do laundry, or anything else that distracts you from your work tasks.

If your kids are at home you can also implement these 40min time chunks with 20min breaks in between. They may be old enough to have virtual learning and homework to do or they may be too young and require you to provide activities and screen time.

If you are unemployed at this time you can dedicate your 40min work times to household tasks, job searching online, or hobbies. Also schedule your lunch and your “clock out” time.

The main point is finding a schedule that works for you and sticking to it.  Let the weekends be open so that you have a weekly schedule in addition to a daily schedule. We don’t know how long this will last and you want to set yourself up for success.

Exercise

If exercise isn’t a part of your normal lifestyle, it isn’t going to be something you really want to do when you are feeling stressed, frustrated, and stuck from being in doors. However, exercise has been proven to be a huge mood booster, even when the world is “normal”. All you need is access to the internet to find workout solutions and routines to add into your daily schedule.

Street Parking is a fantastic website that has a low monthly subscription fee and gives daily workouts that use minimal equipment and even body weight only exercises. Best part is they range from 10min-20min most times. They also have a very supportive online community for you to interact with and ask questions.

Getting your body moving in a meaningful way for 10min a day, 4 days a week, can make a huge difference in your mental health and also help to establish a good habit you may keep with you when we are all allowed to resume our lives.

Forgive Yourself

Lastly, and possibly most importantly, forgive yourself when things don’t go as planned. We are all getting a lot more screen time than we usually do (who else has turned off those judgy screen time notifications?), our kids are being extra needy, and our pets are wondering what the heck is going on. Now is not the time to be hard on yourself if you find that staying on the couch and eating your favorite snack is your #1 priority. 

That being said, make sure that you forgive and forget. Bounce back from the couch and get back to that daily routine as soon as you realize you are ready. Put down the remote when you can and do your 10min workout. Take it moment by moment and you will find that quarantine is a lot more bearable.

Take care of yourself and the ones you love and remember we are all in this together.

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