Worcester Wed Feb 12: To Renovate or Not, Tax Escalation Clauses

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02/12/2020 5:30 PM - 02/12/2020 9:00 PM

Part I: Tax Escalation Clauses

Leases have the advantage of providing long-term stability for you and your renter. But sudden real estate tax increases can destroy a carefully calculated rent and turn a lease upside-down, eliminating the net income you were banking on. Is there anything you can do?

Come learn about tax escalation clauses, which when added prior to a tenancy can give you an emergency escape out of a losing lease.

We're review the section of the law that applies. Attendees will leave with the exact wording in our "Optional Clauses." Finally, we'll have a brief discussion on whether escalators should be invoked routinely or only in case of emergency.

Part II: A Landlord Case Study: Does it Make Sense to Renovate Your Rental?

Renovations can be costly and stressful. Does the reward justify the investment? In this featured part of the presentation, we will review actual numbers from a renovation in Fitchburg and look at the return on investment. Pictures will be in plentiful supply as we examine what this one owner did, and how they did it. Cost containment will feature prominently, as will the change in renter dynamics before and after the renovation.

This part of the presentation will be given by Brian Lucier of Belaire Property Management. Member input and renovation tips are welcome.

Tax escalation clauses can help prevent a municipality from sending a lease into the red
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To Renovate or Not? Presentation will be given by Belaire Property Management.

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Wednesday, February 12th

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 Tax Escalator Clauses
  • 7:20pm A Landlord Case Study: To Renovate or Not
  • 8:30pm Networking and one-on-one follow-up
  • 9:00pm Doors close


Fiddler's Green
19 Temple St
Worcester, MA 01604

Getting There and Parking

Park in the lot along and behind the restaurant, on the street, or in the church lot across the street.


  • 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.


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