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Recap of Attorney Richard Vetstein’s Presentation in Waltham

Attorney Vetstein covered Housing Court expansion, post-foreclosure eviction changes, and recreational marijuana. In May, Attorney Richard Vetstein of the Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog spoke at MassLandlords Charles River. Attorney Vetstein has handled over 5,000 evictions and gave a first-rate presentation. Housing Court Expansion Housing Court expansion has passed into…

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Engineered Lumber Suspected in Waltham, Dorchester Conflagrations

Cause remains unknown. Builders using engieneered lumber should read APA Guidelines for fire-ratings. Similar fires in Dorchester and Waltham may have been accelerated by engineered lumber. Both sites were under construction and are now total losses. The Dorchester fire began on June 28 as a result of a generator’s exhaust…

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Questions and Answers for August 2017

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Adapted from our Message Boards, where members can ask questions and get answers. Practicing landlords and service providers answer questions, and we combine the best answers here. Q: What can I do about recurring mice? Under MA law, owners and managers are responsible for maintaining the rented premises vermin-free. This…

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Questions and Answers for May 2017

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Adapted from our Message Boards, where members can ask questions and get answers. Practicing landlords and service providers answer questions, and we combine the best answers into one here. Q: How Do I Handle Last Month’s Rent in Massachusetts? Unlike a security deposit, last month’s rent doesn’t need to be kept…

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How to Avoid Being Sued for Transgender Discrimination in Massachusetts: A Landlord’s Guide

In-depth article to familiarize yourself with transgender people so you can rent your apartment to the most qualified applicant. A Suffolk law study released March 27, 2017 found that over half of us landlords are not treating transgender people equally in our rental process. Someone is going to be the…

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