Statewide Virtual Meeting Fri Jul 28th: Monthly Dues and Bylaws Maintenance

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MassLandlords has been running well! But it has been seven years since the bylaws were last updated, and we need to do some maintenance. At this meeting members will have a chance to review and comment on nine changes proposed to the MassLandlords bylaws.

The complete list of changes being proposed is as follows:

  1. Offer an option of monthly dues in addition to annual dues.
  2. Have the President, Treasurer and Secretary be decided apolitically based on seniority.
  3. Formalize the Executive Director role, which was created in 2014 by Board resolution but which isn't in the bylaws.
  4. Protect membership lists from marketers.
  5. Use score voting (rating candidates and choices, as we already do).
  6. Simplify annual meeting schedules to line up with state reporting requirements.
  7. Expand our legal mission to recognize the Certified Massachusetts Landlord™.
  8. Allow message board admins to curtail services without terminating membership, for instance, to pause access to the message boards following a "three strike" process.
  9. Require members receive advance notice of proposals to change the bylaws.

The changes proposed are available for members to read online in Microsoft Word redline format.

Attendees will leave knowing what changes are proposed and having provided feedback on wording. The final wording will be announced for the December ballot after we hear your feedback.

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MassLandlords Executive Director Doug Quattrochi
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MassLandlords needs your feedback! This is not a vote, but you will be able to provide input about what appears on the December ballot.


Part of this presentation will be given 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. Doug also oversees the RentHelper spin-off, which is expanding access to electronic banking for those of us who are unbanked or underbanked. Prior to MassLandlords, Doug held leadership roles in various Massachusetts startups, two of which are still operating. Doug holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"Doug's presentation was excellent. He was very clear and provided detailed explanations." -Larry

"Doug always holds very informative classes full of substance and Very organized!" -Thomas

"Your answers to member's questions were most helpful." -Liz

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Statewide Virtual Meeting - Fri July 28
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Friday, July 28th

Virtual Meeting Agenda


  • 12:00 pm Presentation
  • 1:00 pm Virtual Meeting ends

By member survey, the business update has been reimagined as a set of convenient videos viewable anytime online.

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  • Virtual meetings include optional audience participation via video, phone, and screenshare and, unless stated otherwise, are not recorded.
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Topic: Virtual Meeting July 28th, 2023
Time: Jul 28, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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This event is closed to the public.

  • Members: No charge. Registration is required.

Registration in advance is required.

This event will be recorded.

The recording will be uploaded to monthly dues and bylaws maintenance.

This event is operated by MassLandlords, Inc. staff.

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