Fair and Equal Housing Guarantee via Surety Bonds

By Peter Vickery, Esq., Legislative Affairs Counsel At MassLandlords we have a solution to a problem that coronavirus created and the Legislature and Governor exacerbated. First, before presenting the solution, let me describe the problem. Problem: Unfunded mandate The eviction moratorium prevents landlords from enforcing rent collection, but we are…

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Open Letter to Attorney General Maura Healey

Peter Vickery, Esq. Legislative Affairs Counsel Dear Attorney General Healey: On May 8, 2020, your office issued an advisory on residential evictions. Its interpretation of Chapter 65, the statute that limits the right of access to the courts for housing providers (landlords) ignores certain statutory language that is important, and…

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Letter from the Executive Director for May 2020: Hard Work Ahead

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This month’s letter is about MassLandlords strategy. In the last few weeks and months, many of us have been threatened with insolvency by the pandemic and the resulting eviction moratorium. This law makes it seem that our professional contributions to the cause of rental housing are not appreciated. There are…

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Eviction Moratorium Response: Board Vote for Surety Bond

On Friday, May 1, the MassLandlords Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the surety bond bill as a legislative response to the eviction moratorium. This vote is consistent with membership priorities expressed in the recent moratorium response survey. Eviction Moratorium Response Survey The eviction moratorium response survey was launched…

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Housing Surety Bond Spreadsheet Models Costs Now, Savings Later

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. Massachusetts has an opportunity now — starting with a $13 million investment that retroactively covers April — to guarantee that renters across the state can remain in their homes with the backing of a state-issued surety bond. Unlike the eviction moratorium recently signed by Governor…

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Seniors: How to Spot a Coronavirus Scam

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords Writer With a global pandemic forcing everyone indoors and essentially eliminating in-person social contact, senior citizens are in need of connection and information more than ever. Unfortunately, scammers are well aware of this, and are taking advantage of these vulnerabilities to try and cash in. The…

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