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Under the CDC Moratorium Is It Legal to Send a Notice to Quit?

By Peter Vickery, Esq., Legislative Affairs Counsel Some MassLandlords members are asking me, “Are we allowed to send a notice to quit after October 17?” Unless the Massachusetts Legislature passes a new law, the state-level eviction moratorium will expire the night of Saturday, October 17. At that point a different…

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Message Board Moratorium Bulletin from October 12 RE: End of State Eviction Moratorium, Start of CDC Moratorium

We have prepared the following detailed summary to discuss the end of the state eviction moratorium this Saturday October 17, the start of the CDC moratorium this Sunday, and the Governor’s announcement today of $171 million in additional funding for housing stability. Judicial Branch Changes Evictions for tenancies without nonpayment…

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Worcester Revisiting “Four or More” Rule on Density

On April 10, the Worcester City Council forwarded a moratorium on the “four or more” rule concerning unrelated residents to the Economic Development Subcommittee. This is generally viewed as a favorable step towards reform. The “four or more” rule prohibits four or more unrelated occupants from cohabiting unless the premises…

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Shoveling out the Past: A Note on Changes to the Snow Laws

By Peter Vickery, Legislative Affairs Counsel, Staff Journalist Heavy snowfall across Massachusetts these past few months has kept property owners busy shoveling, plowing, and de-icing. Under the State Sanitary Code, owners are responsible for keeping all means of egress, exterior stairways, fire escapes, balconies, and bridges free of snow and…

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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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Can Massachusetts Landlords Charge an Application Fee?

Application fees are one of those areas where inexperienced landlords follow common sense instead of the law, and pay penalties as a result. 254 The law for property owners and managers is clear. It states that prior to the beginning of a tenancy, no lessor may require payment for anything…

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