Worcester Wed 10/9: Repair and Renovation Laws and Regulations, How to Vet and Manage Contractors

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10/09/2019 5:30 PM - 10/09/2019 9:00 PM
Worcester Technical High School
Address: 1 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605, USA

Part I: Repair and Renovation Laws and Regulations

We'll be reviewing Massachusetts laws on residential repair and construction. We'll cover which trades require being licensed, which kinds of contractors must be registered, and we'll cover permits and inspections. The goal is to give owners and managers knowledge to identify contractors who operate by the book, or a roadmap to become licensed in your own right. As landlords we must remain compliant at all times with the sanitary code and Chapter 93A the consumer protection statute. Improperly done work will land us in hot water with our renters.

Part II: How to Vet and Manage Contractors

In this part of the meeting we'll be talking about best practices for jobs big and small. Can you screen a contractor like you can a renter, knowing that the person you do business with is not going to take your money and run? How can you get a contractor to show up each day? What do you need to do to protect yourself against delays, cost overruns, or bad decisions? How do you manage access to the premises, surprises, bidding, and subs? This will be a moderated discussion.

These presentations and discussions will be given by MassLandlords volunteers and staff.

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How to Vet and Manage Contractors

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Wednesday, October 9th

Meeting Agenda

  • 5:30pm Sign-in/Networking
    • Networking draws from Worcester, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Auburn, Leicester, Paxton, Holden, West Boylston, Boylston, Grafton, Upton, Northbridge, Sutton, Oxford, Charlton, Spencer, Oakham, Rutland, Princeton, Clinton, and Sterling.
  • 6:15pm Buffet Dinner by The Vintage Grille
  • 6:40pm MassLandlords Business Update and Member Minutes
    • Member Minutes - Any member can have the mic for 60 seconds (introduce yourself, ask a question, share words of wisdom, etc.)
  • 7:00pm Rich Merlino Meeting Introduction
  • 7:05pm Repair and Renovation Laws and Regulations
  • 7:45pm How to Vet and Manage Contractors
  • 9:00pm Doors close


Worcester Technical High School
1 Skyline Dr
Worcester, MA 01603


There is ample free parking in the first lot you see, in the covered garage to your left, on top of the garage (entrance further down road), and around the back of the school


  • Cheese and crackers, sodas, water, coffee, decaf
  • Hot buffet dinner, incl. salad, rolls
  • Cookies, brownies, and/or blondies

*Dietary restrictions: purchase an early-bird ticket and email hello@masslandlords.net, we will accommodate you.


Open to the public. Membership is not required!

  • Door:
    • Public: $24
    • Members: $19
  • Early-bird, reserve seven days prior by 12pm:
    • Public: $22
    • Members: $14
  • Premium Members: No charge and no need to register

Extra Credit

  • First time attendees: Join as a member before leaving the event, your public ticket will be credited toward membership.
  • Members: Bring a first-time attendee who joins at the event, your membership will be extended by one month free. No limit.


This event is operated by MassLandlords staff. Check in with your MassLandlords ID card.

Want to speak at a MassLandlords meeting? Submit a speaker request.

This is part of the Worcester rental real estate networking and training series.


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