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Can I Use Arrests to Deny Rental Applicants?

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords writer Landlords may wonder whether renting an apartment to someone with a criminal history is a good idea, or on the other hand, whether it is legal to decline such an application. Is it legal to deny a rental to someone who has been arrested? What…

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Summer Notice for 2020 Annual Business Meeting and Elections

MassLandlords’ mission is to create better rental housing by helping prospective, new, and current owners run profitable, compliant, quality businesses. We are a 501(c)6 trade association. We have two democratic mechanisms for governance by and for members. First, our ongoing Policy Priorities Survey helps us take positions on complex issues…

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Michigan Rep. Suggests Rent and Mortgage Moratorium

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords Writer Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has put a bill together that calls for a ban on rent and mortgage payments while America attempts to get back on its feet amid an ongoing health crisis. Called the Emergency Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Legislation, Rep. Omar’s bill…

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Screening College Student Renters in an Uncertain Market

By Eric Weld, MassLandlords, Inc. It’s difficult to say what the college student rental market will look like come September. The uncertainty of the upcoming academic year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and response, will put more importance on screening college students. It will also emphasize the need for strong…

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How Surety Could be Funded

To properly implement a statewide surety on rental housing, between $500 million and $2 billion need to be available over the next ten years. Although potentially an eye-popping sum, this funding can come in a way that does not stress short-term budgets and which will simultaneously solve the long-term housing…

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House Votes to Extend and Expand Federal Eviction Moratorium

By Peter Vickery, Esq., Legislative Affairs Counsel In March, Congress enacted the CARES Act, which established an eviction moratorium that is set to expire on July 25 and covers about one-third of the country’s rental housing. In May, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill titled the…

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Governor Baker, Let the Eviction Moratorium Expire

Peter Vickery, Esq. Legislative Affairs Counsel Before even thinking about extending the eviction moratorium, Governor Charlie Baker should talk to Branch Yules. “I had five low-income rooms available for rent in April and I decided to not rent them out,” said Branch, whose company, Lilien Realty, LLC, owns hundreds of…

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