A Look at the Massachusetts Condo Conversion Act of 1983

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords writer Are you a landlord considering converting your apartments to condominiums? Maybe the eviction moratorium has stalled your business. Perhaps you’re just looking to get more money out of your rental property. Whatever the reason for considering “going condo,” a state law passed in 1983 by…

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Should You Barter with Your Tenants for Rent Reductions?

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords Writer Bartering for rent – that is, working out an arrangement in which a renter provides service on the property in exchange for a lower payment – is a frequent suggestion to both landlords and tenants. In theory, it seems like a great idea: You, as…

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Letter from the Executive Director for December 2020: Progress Again

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In November, we made progress again for the first time in a while. The courts were reporting eviction data on the non-tidal wave of evictions. Our development team restarted the certification work. We communicated compliance concerns to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston. The Massachusetts eviction moratorium ended without the immediate filing…

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Il-lodge-ical: the Worcester lodging house ordinance

By Peter Vickery, Esq. The City of Worcester does not want property owners renting to students, and seems to think that apartments leased by four or more unrelated persons constitute “lodging houses.” In 2002, the Appeals Court upheld the City’s position. In 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a…

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A Landlord’s Guide to Bedbugs

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords Writer Bedbugs, once practically eradicated in the United States, have been making a creepy crawly comeback in the 21st century. The United States started seeing a resurgence of bedbugs in 2000, and keeping the problem at bay has been a challenge ever since. The chemical DDT…

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Pending Law H.5018 Proposes Tax Credits for Landlords

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. Tax credits for landlords. That is the latest proposal to make whole housing providers who have lost rental income from tenants who stopped paying rent this year, in part or full due to COVID-19 and the economic response. Under the provisions of bill 191 H.5018…

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The AFFH Rule, Fair Housing and Community Development

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. It’s too early to determine the full impact on fair housing that may result from the rescission this year of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. At the least, as a result of the rule’s rescission, communities in Massachusetts and across the country are…

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Local Ballots will have Transparency Question this November

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords Writer A question on several Massachusetts districts’ ballots this November will deal with government transparency at the state level. When voters select their presidential and representative candidates of choice, they will also be asked to vote for or against an initiative that would support making the…

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Thinking Eviction? Think Alternatives to Eviction

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. When the state’s moratorium on evictions ends – and it will eventually! – rather than getting before a judge to resolve tenant disputes, you might consider other, less arduous, alternatives to eviction. Whether your goal is to get your tenant to move out or to…

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