Screening College Student Renters in an Uncertain Market

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. It’s difficult to say what the college student rental market will look like come September. The uncertainty of the upcoming academic year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and response, will put more importance on screening college students. It will also emphasize the need for strong…

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How Surety Could be Funded

To properly implement a statewide surety on rental housing, between $500 million and $2 billion need to be available over the next ten years. Although potentially an eye-popping sum, this funding can come in a way that does not stress short-term budgets and which will simultaneously solve the long-term housing…

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House Votes to Extend and Expand Federal Eviction Moratorium

By Peter Vickery, Esq., Legislative Affairs Counsel In March, Congress enacted the CARES Act, which established an eviction moratorium that is set to expire on July 25 and covers about one-third of the country’s rental housing. In May, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill titled the…

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Governor Baker, Let the Eviction Moratorium Expire

Peter Vickery, Esq. Legislative Affairs Counsel Before even thinking about extending the eviction moratorium, Governor Charlie Baker should talk to Branch Yules. “I had five low-income rooms available for rent in April and I decided to not rent them out,” said Branch, whose company, Lilien Realty, LLC, owns hundreds of…

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MassLandlords Board of Directors Endorse MA Voter Choice’s Ranked Choice Voting, Signatures Needed by June 14

On Thursday June 4, the MassLandlords Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the Voter Choice for Massachusetts Ranked Choice Voting ballot initiative for Fall 2020. Signatures were urgently needed by June 14, 2020. Background MassLandlords has employed consensus-oriented voting methods since we were founded. For instance, at our annual business meeting,…

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Fair and Equal Housing Guarantee via Surety Bonds

By Peter Vickery, Esq., Legislative Affairs Counsel At MassLandlords we have a solution to a problem that coronavirus created and the Legislature and Governor exacerbated. First, before presenting the solution, let me describe the problem. Fair and Equal Housing Guarantee via Surety Bonds bill text Problem: Unfunded mandate The eviction…

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