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Associate Justice Robert Fields Clarifies Rent Escrow at Springfield Event

Judge Robert Fields, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Housing Court, Western Division, presented to the Rental Housing Association of Greater Springfield on Thursday, December 14. Associate Justice Robert Fields of the Western Division Housing Court discussed rent escrow and other topics in Longmeadow in December. Judge Fields was joined by…

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Letter from the Executive Director for February 2018

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In January we announced a new affiliate relationship with New Leaf Legal, started Lisa Tardiff in Event Hospitality and Sales, and rolled out our new Square point-of-sale to decrease check-in times. The New Leaf Legal affiliation results from a long and successful history. New Leaf Legal drafted MassLandlords’ bylaws during…

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Just Cause Eviction Hearing 2018 Jan 30

The following email was sent to MassLandlords subscribers at 10 am. A descendant of rent control, the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act aka Just Cause Eviction, is being heard Tuesday, January 30 (tomorrow) at 1pm in room A-2 at the State House. The title “Just Cause” is both misleading and ironic.…

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What are the Massachusetts Heat Laws?

Landlords must help the tenant maintain 64 to 68 °F from September 15 to June 15 under the MA heat laws. Massachusetts apartment heating laws are specified in the State Sanitary Code, officially 105 CMR 410 The Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation. This regulation has the force of…

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Rent Collection Pilot Opened to All Members

MassLandlords has affiliated with RentHelper, Inc. on a niche rent collection service for low-tech, high-touch renters. RentHelper helps low educational attainment, cash-flow challenged renters pay rent electronically without use of a computer and with minimal risk of overdraft. With the service, payments are accelerated, can be adjusted to match renter…

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Second Semiannual Policy Forum Planned for April 14

Rent escrow, tenancy preservation program, security deposits, homelessness, debt collection, subsidy administration, and more. The second MassLandlords Policy Forum is planned for Saturday April 14, 2018. The first Policy Forum was held last September. Rent escrow is intended to be a major focus of the second forum. The purpose is…

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2017 Annual Elections Results

MassLandlords has appointed a new director to its five-person board for 2018. We also chose a good neighbor. Rich Merlino has been elected to the 2018 Board of Directors as our new Director. Attorney Stuart Schrier of Dorchester has been named our 2017 Good Neighbor. Voting closed on Tuesday, December…

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