Letter from the Executive Director for October 2019

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September was busy. I can offer a public service announcement about municipal elections, updates on certification, and several political updates. First, by way of public announcement, municipal elections are coming up in November, and we have so far seen historically low participation. Boston had less than 12% turnout for the…

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Letter from the Executive Director for September 2019

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This month we discuss two upcoming rental forms as well as our evolving certification plan. In August many of our team took some much needed rest and relaxation, but there are still achievements to report. We reviewed and redrafted our animal addendum, which was out of date and not very…

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In Memoriam: Sandra Katz

The Massachusetts real estate industry has lost a one-of-a-kind voice. Sandra Katz managed over 300 units in Worcester, provided low-barrier housing to many of the region’s needy, and was a key figure in restructuring the local Worcester Property Owners Association into what is now a state-wide MassLandlords, Inc. Sandra passed…

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5 Eviction Myths in Massachusetts

Here we consider five eviction myths and policy proposals centered around these misconceptions. Myth 1: There are 40,000 Massachusetts Evictions a Year, or 110 a day. Fact: There are about 3,000 evictions a year, or 8 forced removals a day. Eviction is terrible, and if we could stop evictions, we…

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Letter from the Executive Director for August 2019

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Last month we discussed how MassLandlords was pushing back against the Eviction Lab narrative, testified on eviction sealing, and mourned the loss of Sandra Katz. In July we participated in a national call about the housing crisis, gave a good showing at a State House hearing on right to counsel…

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Judicial Committee Looking to Improve Summary Process

Judges know that technology could help make summary process (aka the eviction process) better for all concerned. Anyone who heard Housing Court Chief Justice Tim Sullivan at MassLandlords meetings in various parts of the Commonwealth over the past year or so will be aware that this is an issue close…

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Qualified Opportunity Zones offer Tax-Free Gains

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (aka “Trump Taxes”) allowed states to designate up to 25% of low-income census tracks as “opportunity zones.” Investments made in these zones and held for ten years are excluded from capital gains taxes. Investments sold to invest in these zones will have…

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