Landlords and Recreational Marijuana

It is now legal in Massachusetts to consume marijuana in any form for one’s own pleasure.  Our Legislature is still in the process of ironing out details of the law, but one point is without dispute:  Marijuana cannot be smoked, or otherwise consumed, in public. What the public use restriction…

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Tenant Phone Interview Guide

APARTMENT:                                                                                             DATE: NAME: TELEPHONE: This is the 1st phase of the telephone interview.  Simply ask the questions and get the answers.  Don’t respond too much except to ask for clarifications, examples, and explanations.       What date would you like to move in?             The apartment won’t be available until … …

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Rent Escrow Advocate Chris Walsh Wins Good Neighbor 2016

MassLandlords and Representative Walsh filed HD 383, An Act relative to rent escrow. Each year MassLandlords recognizes a non-member for going above and beyond to help landlords. The winner of the 2016 award, announced last month, was Representative Chris Walsh, 6th Middlesex (Framingham), who negotiated a compromise rent escrow bill…

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Rules by Which a Great City may be Reduced to a Small One

[Presented privately to a former mayor and now published for the first time.] Dear Mr. Mayor, Ben Franklin was a smart man, and although he didn’t know anything about baseball, he did know how to make a small city into a great one (Philadelphia). The procedure I am going to…

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Questions and Answers for February 2017: Snow Removal and Clogged Toilets

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: Any recommendations for snow removal companies for a small property? Snow removal is a difficult job to staff. The workload is…

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From The SPOA Editor

Since September, our meetings have been focused on Best Practices For The Massachusetts Landlord.  In outline form: I.             Finding The Right Tenant A.           Property Preparation B.           Advertising C.            Tenant Screening 1.            The Phone Interview 2.            The Personal Interview / Showing The Apartment 3.            The Written Application 4.            Acceptance Criteria (or,…

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Letter from the Executive Director for February 2017

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A new presidency, a new legislative session, and a new specter of local rent control. There has been much political panic in January. Politics doesn’t move the needle on our mission, though, and it holds us back more than it drives us into the future. So this month I’ll detail…

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