Freakonomics Looks at the Problem of Rent Control

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords Writer Rent control is a hot-button issue for many landlords and tenants, especially in big cities, where the cost of living can be very high. That won’t be new information for Massachusetts landlords: Earlier this year, boston.com reported that Boston ranks as the third-most expensive city…

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New Proposed Sanitary Code Changes include Fridges, Mold Control

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords Writer Landlords, take note: Changes are coming to 105 CMR 410 the Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation, e.g., the state sanitary code. These pending revisions follow a round of public commentary this September, and some could have a major impact on rental property owners…

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Landlords Being Opted into Worcester Community Choice Electricity Supply

Landlords (and renters) are being automatically opted into the Worcester Community Choice electricity supply for all meters effective February 2020. The main goal of this program is to move Worcester toward a carbon-neutral infrastructure by doubling the amount of renewable energy consumed compared to current state minimums. Landlords asked us…

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Letter from the Executive Director for January 2020

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This month I’ll review 2019 and look ahead at what we hope lies in store for 2020. In 2019, MassLandlords membership reached an all-time high of 1,662 members state-wide, up 18% from a year ago. At time of writing, with the December books not yet closed, it looked like revenue…

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2019 MassLandlords Annual Election Results: Kasabula, Hoffman

In December, MassLandlords members voted in our annual business meeting on the next director to succeed Joyce Nierodzinski on our five member volunteer board. We met our quorum target of 339, with 368 members participating either online or at a physical meeting, including abstentions. Michele Kasabula’s total score was 690,…

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Director Joyce Nierodzinski’s Parting Thoughts

MassLandlords Director Joyce Nierodzinski will reach our form of term limits December 31, 2019. (Directors may serve an unlimited number of five-year terms but cannot serve consecutive terms.) Joyce was instrumental in reorganizing the Worcester Property Owners Association, Inc. from a local club with 150 members to the current state-wide…

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Letter from the Executive Director for December 2019

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This month I’ll share updates on certification, our annual business meeting and elections, and some meetings I’ve had to discuss policy in Boston. First, note that our first-in-the-nation Massachusetts-specific certification program is now live. Any member can become a Certified Massachusetts Landlord™ by logging in at MassLandlords.net/certification and agreeing to…

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