5 Tips to Boost Productivity While Working at Home.

1. Use tools like Zoom to not only get work done, but also to feel connected to your collogues.

Remote-friendly software tools like this are a critical part of any remote worker’s day-to-day, especially when it comes to getting work done and feeling less isolated from the outside world. *Did you know some of the most successful companies incorporate face-time into their remote culture, whether it’s taking their 1:1’s over zoom rather than just a regular phone call or hosting virtual company-wide meetings.

2. Stick to your daily routines…or not

As much as possible, try to regain a sense of normalcy by sticking with your already established routines. If you are used to waking at a certain time, stick with that. If you eat at certain times during the day, follow that schedule…like me – mini eggs every hour on the hour – LISTEN it’s my schedule.  If your exercise has become a routine on the daily – keep it that way. Anything you can keep the same, try your best to hang onto that routine.

3. Set work hours… or not

When you work from home, you don’t have the natural structure of co-workers around helping you dictate when you are on or off the clock. There is a lot more flexibility while working at home, which is great, but can also be exceptionally disastrous… Decide when you’re going to work and not work and follow those hours as much as possible, and communicate them to the other people living in your home. Unless of course you’re like me and have a six, five and two year old… For some reason they don’t seem to be super understanding and respectful of my “work hours” lol #minisnackgremlins

Now, if you have the flexibility to work whenever, then do JUST THAT. Absolutely nobody can sprint through their day morning to night – your focus and motivation will naturally ebb and flow throughout your day so knowing when you are in your most laser focused space will be essential … yes, even you Debbie…. Sidenote: Did you know that Debbie is our Leasing Agent and also my MIL!? Hehehe that’s another blog for another day.. stay tuned.

4. Pick your office space

Some of you may already have a home office but there may be lots who don’t have that space available to you. If you’re like me, you will find yourself perched at the kitchen island with papers, highlighters and chargers to high heavens! Don’t worry guys – hopefully we will be back to regular programming… soon… right? I mean I’m fine, everything is fine…

5. Seek out social Interaction

In the midst of the happenings around the globe, there are fewer opportunities for social interaction, but connecting with other people is needed more than ever to stay happy, healthy, productive, and SANE. On a more serious note, isolation can lead to depression and anxiety even in the most seemingly level-headed people. Make a daily effort to get some sort of “people connection”. This might look like anything from a zoom call or zoom workout to a regular phone call or texting a friend. Do what you can to make sure that you don’t feel alone in all of this.

The best way to stay positive and resilient amidst all of this panic is to reach out and support each other. And for the love of god – dive into Netflix. Have a good laugh. Build a fort with those kids. Enjoy a glass of wine. Do what makes you happy!

We will get through this together!

#saskstrong #covid-19 #workfromhome #thismonthhasbeenalongyear

 

Federal Government Relief Strategy and Avana Rentals Deferral Program (Information)

 

March 18, 2020

To Our Valued Tenants,

As promised in the letter on March 17th, we are keeping our tenants up to date and informed in regards to options available to them during this unprecedented time. This morning, the Federal Government, announced a relief package that will help every Canadian navigate through the financial uncertainties. We recommend that every individual applies for these relief efforts as soon as they are available.

You will find more detailed information here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

To highlight some of the options available for people who have experienced a decrease in pay because of sickness, quarantine, or forced to stay home to care for children:

– Income Support: For Canadians without paid sick leave, even if you do not qualify for EI (including self-employed), commencing March 15th, you are eligible to receive up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks. Applications will be available April 20th.

– Canada Child Benefit: For over 3.5 million families with children, who may also require additional support, the Government is proposing to increase the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit payment amounts, only for the 2019-20 benefits year, by $300 per child as part of their May payment.

– GST: For low and modest income families, who may require additional help with their finances, the Government is proposing to provide a one-time special payment by early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax credit. This will double the maximum annual GSTC payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefits year. The average boost to income for those benefiting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.

– Student Loans: The government is placing a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals in the process of repaying these loans.

– Personal Tax Returns: The government is delaying the filing date until June 1, 2020. Payment of income tax is deferred to August 31, 2020.

– Canadian Banks: Canada’s Big Six Banks have committed to offering relief on credit products (ex: loans, lines of credit, credit cards) by offering payment deferrals of up to six months and/or relief for customers facing hardship. Call your bank to find out what options are available to you.

For more information please visit https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/big-six-coordinate-relief-including-six-month-payment-deferrals-1.1407842

We understand that some of these payment are not available until May, so in the event you are unable to make your full April rent payment on time, we will allow you a three mont catch up period. This means whatever rent you are unable to pay in April, divide that amount by three and if can be added to your rent on May 1, June 1 and July 1, with no penalty or interest.

We ask that you only use these flexibilities if you have experienced a decrease in income – we need to support those affected, to ensure we have the capacity to help those who truly need it. We, as a community are all in this together. Stay healthy!

Sincerely,

The Avana Rentals Ownership Team

COVID-19 – How will this affect your rent payment?

To Our Valued Tenants,

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a significant amount of uncertainty. We do not take the blue of the security of a home lightly. We understand that there are going to be businesses closed, less hours worked, more time at home with the kids and less of an income coming in for many of you. Avana Rentals is committed to working with each tenant to ensure we can get through this unprecedented time in a fair and compassionate manner.

We have not made any decisions in regards to rent payments if an individual or family’s income has been affected by COVID-19. We are awaiting the Government of Canada to roll out the details of the support package that they eluded to. Once we know the details of this program, we will send out another communication that represents the options available to you in regards to upcoming rent payments, while we get through this situation.

We value your business and look forward to working together through this time. Please take care!

Sincerely,

The Avana Rentals Ownership Team

Kodiak Property Management and Avana Rentals Create Partnership

 

                 

 


PRESS RELEASE

KODIAK PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND AVANA RENTALS CREATE
PARTNERSHIP
 TO STRENGTHEN RENTAL SERVICES

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2019

 

KODIAK Property Management (KODIAK), a Regina-based property management firm is excited to announce a new rental partnership with AVANA Rentals (AVANA). With both companies strongly believing in providing affordable rental housing and superb rental services, it’s no wonder that this new venture evolved naturally between KODIAK and AVANA.

Effective November 1, 2019, all property management services for the 188 rental homes of AVANA will circulate through the office doors of KODIAK. AVANA still plans to continue and operate its rentals division under its given name as AVANA Rentals, however, it is enlisting and hiring KODIAK for its exceptional and trusted property management services.

“AVANA Rentals is thrilled to work with KODIAK Property Management. One of our top priorities at AVANA has always been to offer exceptional customer service to our tenants, and we feel that entrusting KODIAK with our Rental division is the best way to achieve this as we continue to grow.” said Jennifer Denouden, President and CEO of AVANA Enterprises. “By working with KODIAK, we can continue to develop affordable housing and creating positive, meaningful social impact.”

AVANA is currently involved with a new Social Housing Project which will provide 32 quality, affordable housing options to residents of Regina. The first 40 units of their affordable housing initiative was recently completed and is part of a larger scale initiative focused on providing secure and desirable homes, with a focus on helping Women and Children in the City of Regina.

“AVANA Rentals has already done an amazing job at building some affordable and comfortable rental homes within Regina, and KODIAK is so pleased and honoured that AVANA is entrusting KODIAK to provide that same level of property management services to its tenants.” says Trent Fraser, CEO of KODIAK Group of Companies.

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About KODIAK Property Management Ltd.: KODIAK is a Saskatchewan-based property management company with offices in Regina, Moose Jaw and Estevan. KODIAK, established in August 2016, services condominium, residential and commercial properties and employs 20 professionals in the property management industry.

About AVANA Rentals: AVANA Rentals is a Saskatchewan-based property management company serving Regina area. AVANA provides quality homes in safe neighbourhoods. AVANA prides themselves on being leaders in social responsibility.

 

 

Have You Got Tenant Insurance?

Something that is often overlooked but can have potentially large repercussions if it’s not purchased is tenant insurance. You may have questions like; why is it so important? What does it cover? Do I really need it? Is it expensive? These are all relevant questions with pretty simple answers.

Why is it so important? Ensuring you have tenant insurance before moving into a rental is very important because it protects your valuables. Most people think that because the owner or landlord have property insurance that your items are covered too. This is in fact not true. Property insurance does not cover items that belong to a tenant that may have been damaged as a result of a fire, flood, break in and more. If you as a tenant do not have any tenant insurance your items will likely not be replaced, therefore leaving you with even larger expense.

What does it cover? Tenant insurance will cover any personal items you may have inside a rental property  that could potentially be damaged due to a fire, flood, break in or theft.

Do you really need tenant insurance? Yes. Having tenant insurance is kind of like having a safety net in case something were to happen. You wouldn’t have to worry about the cost to repair or replace your items and some insurances even allocate a certain amount to lodging should you have to stay somewhere else while your rental is being repaired.

Is tenant insurance expensive? In comparison to what it could potentially cost to repair or replace all your damaged items- no it is not expensive. Often you can choose to pay a small monthly payment or pay for an entire year depending on your broker.

Give yourself some peace of mind by purchasing tenant insurance TODAY!

Dance Explosion Sponsorship

The community and its people are important to Avana Rentals. This is why we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to sponsor such a great event like Dance Explosion Regina.

The kids who took part have truly worked hard, dedicated themselves and we couldn’t be more proud and honoured to have been able to give a little back.

A Few Reasons to Rent with Avana Rentals

A Few Reasons to Rent with Avana Rentals

All of our homes are constructed with the comfort of our tenants in mind. If you are worried about the soundproofing between the up / down suites? Don’t be! We have done our research and have perfected our construction plans to ensure that the soundproofing between suites is top notch.  The floor trusses and mechanical ducting is constructed in such a way to ensure sound is absorbed and not transferrable between the floor cavity. We use a high-grade laminate flooring which helps to absorb the sound as well as a cork underlay that exemplifies soundproofing.

Our suites are modern and practical.  You can be assured that you will have enough space for all your items and needs.

You’re busy, and we get it! Nowadays, people are so busy running between and trying to balance work, school, and children’s activities all the while trying to have a social life and being able to enjoy life.  We take care of all the landscaping maintenance for you as well.

We love your furry friends! We know pets are a big part of every family and we want you all to be comfortable in your new space!

Thank you for choosing Avana Rentals!