Statewide Virtual Meeting Thu Dec 9: Pet Rent: Can you charge it? The answer just changed

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This presentation will look at the long-standing prohibition in Massachusetts on charging fees other than first, last, security, and locks. A recent decision has wide-ranging implications for our interpretation of General Law Chapter 186 Section 15b. We will review:

  • What the law said before October 28, 2021
  • Fleming v. Greystar Management Services, L.P.
  • What the law still says (what the decision does not change)
  • How we can interpret the decision with respect to ongoing charges in addition to rent
  • Whether the decision can be appealed
  • Whether you should charge pet rent, or if it's best to include as many things in "the rent" as possible

Attendees will leave knowing whether and when to update their processes to cite this new case and possibly to charge pet rent, renter's insurance, amenity fees, and more.

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Can you charge pet rent? New answer October 2021
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Attorney Adam Sherwin of The Sherwin Law Firm

Part of this presentation will be given by attorney Adam Sherwin. Adam is an experienced real estate litigator with years of experience representing landlords, property owners, and other real estate professionals. He has extensive experience litigating real estate disputes before judges and juries and has obtained favorable decisions from the Massachusetts Appeals Court and District Court Appellate Division. He is also a long-time crash course instructor at the Cambridge headquarters and now virtually over zoom.

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Patrick Sullivan of Obtainable Sobriety will moderate networking time.
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Networking time will be moderated by Patrick Sullivan. Patrick has been an avid landlord since 2007 primarily focusing on multi families in the greater Worcester area. Having worked in high level IT his whole life he looks at things from a different perspective which he applies to real estate. He became a Real Estate agent in 2015 and now primarily focuses on Sober living facilities for people recently out of drug and alcohol treatment centers.

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Open to attendees statewide

You are welcome to participate in this virtual meeting no matter where you are.

Thursday, Dec 9th

Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 5:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 5:40pm Business Update
  • 6:00pm Pet rent
  • 7:00pm Virtual meeting ends

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Virtual Meeting Details (hosted by Zoom)

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  • Optional: You can share your video with everyone, talk to everyone, and type chat with everyone. Video sharing is not required. Talking is not required.

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  • Contemporaneous participation:
    • Public: $21
    • Members: $7

This event will not be recorded.

Slides and handouts if any will be uploaded to Pet Rent.


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