Statewide Hearing Tue May 9th: Eviction Sealing, Eminent Domain

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Volunteers and staff will be gathered at the State House to support and oppose various bills:

  • Oppose H.1690 S.956 An Act promoting housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing (HOMES) aka Eviction Sealing
  • Oppose H.1682 S.1048 An Act relative to summary process and rental assistance
  • Support H.1763 An Act maintaining parity in legal services for small property owners
  • Support H.1593 An Act relative to the defense of private property rights through the prevention of abusive eminent domain takings in the Commonwealth

Fair warning: democracy is difficult! Please prepare to wait a long time to speak. Elected officials have in the past let other officials and invited guests speak first. Bring a closed bottle of water in case you need it. Expect to sit or stand for a period of time. Remember all visitors to the State House pass through security. You must sign in to speak. Speaking is not required. If not speaking, please check in with MassLandlords for a sign to hold.

We typically try to thank participating members with one or two meals, depending on hearing timing and amount. See below for details.

Attendees will make a positive difference for property rights in Massachusetts!

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MassLandlords Executive Director Doug Quattrochi

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We need landlords, owners, property manages and others to inform our legislature what it's like to do our job. It's not easy! Some bills would be really harmful if allowed to pass into law. Others would be helpful! Help the legislature know which ideas are ready and which are not.

Testimony and in-person attendance will be coordinated by Doug Quattrochi, Executive Director, MassLandlords, Inc. Doug was a founding member of MassLandlords in 2013. He became the association's first Executive Director under new bylaws in 2014. Since then, he has scaled the organization from a core of 160 members in Worcester to approximately 2,500 dues paying businesses from Pittsfield to the Cape, and from an all-volunteer team to approximately 20 full and part-time staff plus 50 volunteers. Doug has been instrumental in advancing democratic governance mechanisms, including score voting for policy priorities and a staggered and democratically elected Board of Directors.

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Statewide Hearing - Tue May 9
Eviction Sealing, Eminent Domain
In-Person: No registration required.
Zoom: Register with the State House directly.
Registration is closed. We will see you at the State House!

In-Person no lunch: No registration required.
Zoom: Register with the State House directly.

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Tuesday, May 9th

Hearing Agenda

  • 12:00 pm Lunch at MassLandlords coworking space
  • 12:30 pm Travel to State House, sign in
  • 1:00 pm Hearing begins
  • 6:00 pm Hearing ends, probably. In the past, some hearings have gone long.


Lunch for Registered Members Only

CIC Boston, Anchor Meeting Room, First Floor
50 Milk St
Boston, MA 02108

If Attending Lunch:

Walk into the lobby and go right through the cafe to the rear of the cafe.

We will meet beforehand for a *quick* lunch and preparation session from 12 pm to 12:30 pm. Starting at 12:30 pm, those who are able will travel as a group without a vehicle 0.4 miles to the State House. Meeting at 50 Milk is optional: we are happy to meet you at the State House.

Hearing for Members and Public

State House, Ashburton Plaza Entrance, Room A-2
100 Bowdoin St
Boston, MA 02108

Virtual Participation Option

Attendance in-person is recommended, as it makes a powerful statement about how important these issues are to you. If you can only participate via Zoom, register here.

By Bike

Bike lanes around Boston Common have improved significantly over the last few years. Bike parking has not. One rack is available on Bowdoin St. Four staple racks are available downhill at the Park St Red Line exit. Scattered racks are available at Government Center on Cambridge St.

By Car

The closest, most affordable parking is at the Boston Common Garage. The entrance is on Charles St. The State House is uphill 0.4 miles from the garage exit located opposite the ramps. If you anticipate requiring assistance, please email us in advance at


Take the Red or Green Line to Park St. The State House is uphill 0.2 miles from there. If you anticipate requiring assistance, please email us in advance at Bus 43 drops off outside the State House.


At your discretion. The room is typically quite crowded.


50 Milk St

We will provide complimentary sandwiches, wraps and drinks to members planning to attend the hearing in-person.

If the hearing goes past 6 pm, we will provide a complimentary dinner to members who are still at the hearing.

State House

Food and water are technically not allowed in the hearing rooms, but the legislators have historically brought their own food and water. Be responsible and don't spill what you bring in, or expect to be asked to leave.


Open to the public. Membership is not required!

  • Members In Person: No charge. Registration is required.
  • Public Zoom: No charge.
  • Members Zoom: No charge. Registration is required.
  • Public In Person: No charge.

This event will be recorded.

The recording will be uploaded to Bills.


This event is operated by MassLandlords, Inc. staff.

This Hearing counts for continuing education credit for Certified Massachusetts Landlord Level Three. Beep in. Leave feedback/beep out.

Want to speak at a MassLandlords meeting? Submit a speaker request.

This is part of the Virtual rental real estate networking and training series.

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Planning Zoom Monday May 8th at 12 pm
If you want our help to prepare testimony, or want to ask questions before deciding, then register for our companion event on Monday May 8th at 12pm.

See companion event listing.

One Response to Statewide Hearing Tue May 9th: Eviction Sealing, Eminent Domain

  1. getaway shootout says:

    Doug has contributed significantly to the advancement of democratic governance practices, such as the use of score voting for policy objectives and a democratically elected, staggered Board of Directors.

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