Recap of Attorney Richard Vetstein’s Presentation in Waltham

Attorney Vetstein covered Housing Court expansion, post-foreclosure eviction changes, and recreational marijuana. In May, Attorney Richard Vetstein of the Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog spoke at MassLandlords Charles River. Attorney Vetstein has handled over 5,000 evictions and gave a first-rate presentation. Housing Court Expansion Housing Court expansion has passed into…

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Are you a Real Estate Professional (for Tax Purposes)?

Real estate professionals can claim startup and other real estate losses against other income for large tax savings. Many who work in real estate also work a day job and do their real estate on the side. The IRS potentially considers all real estate activities a form of “passive income,”…

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40 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled

Owners should review their fire extinguishers against the recall list and return affected items for replacement. As reported by the Boston Globe, Kidde has issued a recall of 37.8 million US fire extinguishers and another 2.7 million Canada extinguishers. When you try to use affected models, they will either work…

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The Legal Corner: May a Landlord Charge an Application Fee?

This article explains why some charge application fees. Hint: they are not landlords. Attorney Stanley Komack, Record Title and Law Office. Published in local landlord newsletters. The answer is “No, a landlord may not charge an application fee,” with one exception. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 186 § 15B(1)(b) states that…

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Letter from the Executive Director for December 2017

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The year 2017 will be one to remember. Over the last twelve months our membership grew 26%, to approximately 1,500 members state-wide. And our revenue grew roughly 50%, as we enrolled new landlords and found ways to better help existing members. Our mission is simple and worthwhile. We are a…

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New Lead Regulations Effective December 1, 2017

Massachusetts lead paint regulations are to undergo a major change December 1, 2017. See what it means for owners and managers. It was expected at time of writing that by time of publication, the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) will have filed changes to 105 CMR 460, the lead…

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