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Letter from the Executive Director for January 2019

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The year 2018 will probably be remembered differently for landlords versus renters. Housing was in short supply relative to demand, rents were high, and applications were competitive. Appraised values were way up, interest rates were still low, and many renovations and upgrades were completed. It’s interesting to think, if we…

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Talk to your Tenants About Spiders

Twice in the past year, California residents have burned down their building trying to kill spiders. On October 23, a man house-sitting for his parents thought he would eliminate the spider population adorning their Fresno building. He used a handheld propane torch (think plumbing) to burn webs and spiders. The…

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It’s a Great Time to Refinance, Especially Cash Out

MassLandlords recently spoke with a commercial lender about the Greater Boston rental real estate market. The lender requested not to be named because their bank needs to review public statements, which would take so long as to render this article untimely. We have tried to convey the essential information here.…

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Letter from the Executive Director for December 2018

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This month’s letter focuses on the looming return of rent control to Massachusetts. In our Commonwealth, issues of major importance are decided by simple majority. There are roughly ten times as many renters as there are landlords. When it comes to rental housing policy, landlords are a distinct economic minority.…

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How to Keep Your Multi-Unit Property Winter Weather Safe

By Rick Perini, Senior Project Manager and Consultant ARS Restoration Specialists,888-764-1318, info@arsserv.com Winter is on the way! Snow, ice, freezing rain, and of late, wildly fluctuating temperatures all make for a perfect storm of weather elements that can impact the condition of your multi-unit property. There are many safeguards you…

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California’s Prop 10 Fails, Rent Control Checked at Cost of $100 Million

In November’s election, California landlords defeated a rent control ballot initiative, Proposition 10, by a vote of 60% against to 40% in favor of expansion. Similar to current initiatives in Massachusetts, California’s Proposition 10 ballot initiative would have repealed their state-wide Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a law enacted one year…

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AG Touts Section 8 Discrimination Settlements Totaling $40K

By Peter Vickery, Esq, Legislative Affairs Counsel In Massachusetts, tenants with allegations of housing discrimination can file their complaints with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) which sometimes turns cases over to the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General’s Office. In October, Attorney General Maura Healey issued a press…

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In Garcia v. DHCD, Baker’s “No Motels” Homelessness Policy Survives Injunction

By Peter Vickery, Esq., Legislative Affairs Counsel People experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts can apply for a program called Emergency Assistance (EA), which may provide temporary shelter. Typically, this means congregate housing (cots) or scattered sites (closer to real housing). Under Massachusetts law, certain families with children have a “right to…

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