Ford’s Pest of the Month: Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants can be black or combination of red and black or red and brown. Workers vary in size and can range from ¼ to ½ inch and the queens range from ½ to 5/8ths.     These ants are an important part of recycling and composting wood in their natural setting,…

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Pros and Cons of the Massachusetts Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

The month-to-month rental agreement in Massachusetts has the following advantages and disadvantages. In Massachusetts, a month-to-month rental agreement is called a “tenancy at will.” Either landlord or tenant can end the agreement whenever they want. Terminology Sometimes landlords say they’re looking for a “month to month lease.” A lease is…

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Questions and Answers for May 2017

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Adapted from our Message Boards, where members can ask questions and get answers. Practicing landlords and service providers answer questions, and we combine the best answers into one here. Q: How Do I Handle Last Month’s Rent in Massachusetts? Unlike a security deposit, last month’s rent doesn’t need to be kept…

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Less Cost, Much More Reporting Under Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Lead Law

  Under Massachusetts law, landlords cannot have children under the age of six living in an apartment with lead hazards or unknown lead. Massachusetts regulators and representatives have independently proposed changes to Massachusetts’ lead laws. If all of the proposed changes pass, deleading costs would decrease by 40%, lead poisoning…

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Pros and Cons of College Subletting

Should landlords in Massachusetts allow their college student residents to sublet over the summer? Read our pros and cons to find out. The traditional college year is coming to a close. Unless your student tenants are taking summer courses, chances are a majority of them will be looking to leave…

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How to Avoid Being Sued for Transgender Discrimination in Massachusetts: A Landlord’s Guide

In-depth article to familiarize yourself with transgender people so you can rent your apartment to the most qualified applicant. A Suffolk law study released March 27, 2017 found that over half of us landlords are not treating transgender people equally in our rental process. Someone is going to be the…

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