MassLandlords’ Good Neighbor Award Promotes Community Connection

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords writer Every year, MassLandlords looks to recognize a non-member for their work benefitting either a member, their renters, or our shared mission to create better rental housing. The process is entirely member-driven, with nominations taken throughout the year and voting occurring at MassLandlords’ annual meeting in…

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Legal Round-Up: Screening, Lead, and Eviction Decisions

By Peter Vickery, Esq. Jump to: Schonton v. MPA Granada Highlands, LLC Carpenter v. Mitchell Youghal, LLC v Entwistle Likousas v. Makris Schonton v. MPA Granada Highlands, LLC (United States District Court) This case involves a landlord that uses a written policy for screening tenants. The 12 plaintiffs are tenants…

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Letter from the Executive Director for March 2020: Record Year for RentHelper; Certification; Zoning Testimony

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February was a great month for MassLandlords, in terms of services we offer members and our political advocacy. The RentHelper service, a spin-off we launched in 2016 with some outside for-profit investment, continues to grow organically. RentHelper issued $900,000 in 1099-MISC forms to participating MassLandlords members, a new record. The…

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Space Heaters – Dangerous? Fire-causing? Cost-effective? Legal?

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. Space heaters of numerous types and technologies have long served as supplemental warming alternatives in cool months for budget and resource-conscious homeowners and renters of relatively smaller dwellings. And while the use of portable space heaters raises a lot of questions about safety and efficiency,…

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Meris Bergquist, Mass Fair Housing Center Sue DPH over Lead Paint Discrimination

Meris Bergquist, Executive Director of the Mass Fair Housing Center (Housing Discrimination Project, Inc.) has directed her organization to sue the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) over the Massachusetts lead paint law, which they allege to be discriminatory against children “on its face,” meaning obviously and on purpose. They…

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Displaying Signs on Rental Property: Who Decides?

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. The freedom to publicly express opinions, support causes and convey dissent is a valued and fundamental right in America, staunchly protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The display of political signs on rental property, while sometimes controversial, is an important component of…

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