Letter from the Executive Director for April 2019

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In March we enrolled our first helpline customers, defined the launch version of the market certification, and made a major upgrade to the spin-off rent collection service. The helpline is our answer to the dozens of owners who contact MassLandlords each month looking for personalized advice or information. Traditionally we…

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MassLandlords Files Legislation for Right to Secrets

Faced with increasing calls for a “Right to Counsel,” in which renters would be provided a taxpayer-funded attorney in all evictions, MassLandlords has filed emergency legislation for Right to Secrets, an alternative approach to housing affordability. “These renter advocates drag out cases by digging up unrelated violations,” said MassLandlords Executive…

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Judge Winik Speaks on Landlord-Tenant Law and Housing Policy

First Justice Jeffrey Winik of the Eastern Division of the Housing Court spoke at MassLandlords Cambridge on Tuesday June 19, 2018. These notes were taken at the time and were not published previously but are still highly relevant. Any errors or omissions are MassLandlords’ own. Judge Winik was accompanied by…

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Letter from the Executive Director for March 2019

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Last month we defined our idea of market certification for owners and managers, and also filed a record number of bills for housing. The market certification will start modestly. By the end of this year, a prospective renter will be able to look up an address on MassLandlords.net and verify…

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MassLandlords Helpline Launched

In February, MassLandlords started offering new and existing members “Helpline” access for legal information, business advice, and personalized attorney referrals. By purchasing the Helpline once, member businesses can designate one point of contact to talk to MassLandlords staff counselors on any issue, any number of times, any number of issues…

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Director Emeritus Mike O’Rourke Lauded for Cleaning up Albion

In a glowing story published by the Telegram and Gazette on January 12, MassLandlords Director Emeritus Mike O’Rourke was praised for cleaning up the infamous Albion rooming house in downtown Worcester. Mike’s ownership began September 2016. Prior to his hands-on management, code violations, first responder calls, and opioid overdoses were…

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Ask Your Legislators to Say No

In this new legislative session there are several bills that would, if enacted, further damage the ability of MassLandlords members to enter and remain in the rental-property market. Two of them are particularly dangerous. Please email/call your legislators and ask them to refuse to co-sponsor these bills. To find your…

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Airbnb Sues Boston for Short-Term Rental Ban

Last November, with the case still pending as of February 2019, Airbnb sued the City of Boston in federal court for the city’s June 2018 ban on most short-term rentals. Airbnb has taken a needed action, as the ban considered none of the serious and credible objections raised by owners…

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