MassLandlords Prepares Testimony on Fare Free WRTA

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MassLandlords prepared testimony for Worcester’s February 24, 2020 hearing on whether to take the WRTA fare free. The core of the testimony is that Worcester must increase housing density before the WRTA will see increased ridership. Particularly, before asking for federal transportation funds, the city should make sure it is…

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Meris Bergquist, Mass Fair Housing Center Sue DPH over Lead Paint Discrimination

Meris Bergquist, Executive Director of the Mass Fair Housing Center (Housing Discrimination Project, Inc.) has directed her organization to sue the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) over the Massachusetts lead paint law, which they allege to be discriminatory against children “on its face,” meaning obviously and on purpose. They…

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Displaying Signs on Rental Property: Who Decides?

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. The freedom to publicly express opinions, support causes and convey dissent is a valued and fundamental right in America, staunchly protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The display of political signs on rental property, while sometimes controversial, is an important component of…

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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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