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Do you have more than 30 rental units?

By Sharon Quinn Managing just a few units can be challenging but when the number of units under management starts flirting with 30, 40, 50 or more it greatly complicates the many and sundry aspects of being a landlord. With so many moving parts, some have resigned themselves to believe…

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Do you have more than 30 rental units?

By Sharon Quinn Managing just a few units can be challenging but when the number of units under management starts flirting with 30, 40, 50 or more it greatly complicates the many and sundry aspects of being a landlord. With so many moving parts, some have resigned themselves to believe…

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An Update on some Rent Escrow Negotiations

Left vs Right The MassLandlords strategy is to have a centrist, full time, public policy advocate, but that doesn’t stop any one of us from taking the initiative and seeing if something can be done grassroots on Rent Escrow. That’s what Skip Schloming (landlord advocate), Annette Duke (tenant advocate), and…

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Tax Refund Warning from Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. CC-BY-SA: Wikimedia, Edahlpr According to what Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said on Boston Public Radio, the fastest growing form of identity theft is stealing tax refunds. We’re no experts, but it sounds like the scheme goes like this: The criminal finds something like a W-2…

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Private rental housing comes to the rescue

By Linda Levine, SPOA Board member Hardly a day passes without an avalanche of articles bemoaning a housing crisis. Rents are rising, they say. Panicking tenants of modest and now even middle-class income are being priced out of popular neighborhoods like Cambridge or sections of Boston. Lucky ones win lotteries…

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The Mortgage Professor Calls Lease-to-Own a Possible Win-Win

Jack Guttentag, professor emeritus from Wharton, writes intelligent articles about home ownership. In his November 11 article, he describes the weaknesses that drive sellers and buyers together under lease-to-own arrangements. He highlights the reasons why these deals can actually help both parties overcome their respective troubles selling and purchasing. The…

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