buildings

Heat Pumps Now Cheaper Per BTU Than Natural Gas

We all know electric resistance heat is very expensive. In Massachusetts, the average utility rate is 19.6 cents per killowatt-hour ($0.196/kW-h). This means a house that spends $1,200 in a winter on natural gas would spend over $6,000 on electric resistance heat. But have you heard of the electric heat…

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Can a Landlord Prohibit Satellite Dishes?

The question of whether a landlord can prohibit satellite dishes has come up several times in the last year: in private correspondence, at two events, and in last month’s review of LegalZoom. On July 6, 2017, MassLandlords received a pleasant but unsolicited communication from Steve Hill, President of the Satellite…

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MassDEP Preparing to Define Water Conservation for Irrigation Systems

Attorney Robert Brown invited MassLandlords to participate in stakeholder meetings about MGL Chapter 21 Section 67, which mandates that MassDEP should issue new regulations requiring sprinklers and more to be shut off when it’s raining. MassDEP is looking for input on how to define “newly installed” and “renovated” irrigation systems;…

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YouTube Your Way to a Better House

A wise contractor once said that our generation of landlords is cleaning up the mistakes of the past. Dropped ceilings hung with bent nails, chimneys held together with gorilla glue — before the Internet, it was excusable if you didn’t know how to properly repair a house! But now, we…

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