Boston Bans Airbnb for Investors

On Wednesday June 13 the people of the City of Boston through their City Council banned short-term rentals except under a few allowable circumstances. The effect is to ban short-term rentals for all investors. At time of writing, the ordinance required signing by the Mayor, who was expected to sign.…

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Tenant Screening versus Employee Screening

By Peter Vickery, Esq., Legislative Affairs Counsel In addition to owning rental property, perhaps you also employ a few people, e.g. maintenance and administrative personnel. Wearing your employer hat, imagine that you have a position to fill and three people apply. You already know that there are certain questions that…

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MassLandlords Thanks Our Property Rights Supporters

Property Rights Supporters make monthly contributions earmarked for policy advocacy. Owners Cooperative $100 and Up. Rich Merlino. Owners Club $50 to $99. Peter Shapiro, Harbor View Realty Trust, Stony Hill Real Estate Services, Gray Investment Properties/Allyson Gray Trust. Working Together Club $20.25 to $49. Dorel Realty LLC, Premier Choice Realty,…

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Flat Roof Collapses in Heavy Rain

On Monday, June 18, roughly one hundred Springfield residents were displaced after their flat roof buckled under heavy rain. The drains required to keep water from pooling had clogged. The landlord, Wiatrowski Nominee Trust II, was on the scene and involved in emergency shelter decisions. At time of reporting, the…

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Letter from the Executive Director for July 2018

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July is the start of the summer break, during which staff continue to work but members are given a break from continuing education. We’ll review the results of our event season and look at the work to be done this summer. We had a strong finish to our 2017-2018 event…

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Christopher Walsh: In Memoriam

In early May, we were saddened to learn of the death of State Representative Chris Walsh, who was an architect by profession, a strong supporter of sensible land-use laws, and a champion of our organization’s rent-escrow bill. Those of us who had the pleasure of getting to know him will…

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What is your MassLandlords Membership Cash-on-Cash Return?

Best Free Stuff at MassLandlords Much of our information is offered free as a way to reach new members: older videos of past educational meetings; links to the laws; security deposit checklist; our very popular article, “Which Tenant Screening Service is Best;” and most importantly, electronic copies of this newsletter…

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