Events

MassLandlords and/or partner groups hold regular membership meetings every month except July and August. From west to east:

  • Longmeadow or West Springfield (RHAGS): Second Thursday
  • Sturbridge (SWCLA): First Monday
  • Worcester (WPOA): Second Wednesday
  • Marlborough (MWPOA): Second Tuesday alternating months
  • *New Date!* Charles River (CRRHA): Newton/Waltham/Watertown: Third Tuesday
  • *New Series* Cambridge: Third Monday

Note about meeting service:

  • Our events range widely from “no food” to “full buffet and cash bar”.
  • Speakers range from informal (“This event is run by volunteers at a partner association”) to rehearsed (“This event is run by MassLandlords staff”).
  • Please note your location and all event details.

If you have any questions concerning events, please contact Alexis Gee, Manager of Marketing and Events, at agee@masslandlords.net

Regular meetings and special events appear below when scheduled.

Southbridge: Best Practices - The Lease Agreement

Our Best Practices for the Massachusetts Landlord series continues with an in-depth discussion of the lease agreement. A lease is a contract between a landlord and a tenant whereby both parties agree to abide by the terms set forth in it. In accordance with Massachusetts’ law, every rental agreement must have certain terms, and is prohibited from containing certain other terms. We will explore these criteria, plus all other clauses that must be included in the lease agreement to protect a landlord’s interests. Please bring your lease agreement and your experiences - and be part of the discussion!

Monday, May 1st

Meeting Agenda

  • 7:00p Meeting
  • 7:45p Pizza break
  • 8:00p Meeting wrap-up
  • 8:30p Networking

*New Location*

Southbridge Community Center (aka Casuabon Senior Center)
153 Chestnut St.
Southbridge, MA 01550

Food

  • Pizza and Beverages

Pricing

Members and non-members are welcome.

  • Members are admitted for free
  • Non-members are free the first time, then pay $50/yr.

Membership options.

Please note: this event is run by volunteers at a partner association.

Tickets are not required. Members can just show up.

Price: $0.00

Date: May 1, 2017

Marlborough: De-Leading 101

John Risko, founder of JHR Environmental Testing, will be joining us to educate us on de-leading. Most homes in Massachusetts built prior to 1978 contain lead based paint. A lead paint inspection is a requirement in Massachusetts. John will delve into things like: lead paint inspections, risk assessments and subsequent clearance inspections. Come prepared with all your de-leading questions!

We'll be dining together again this month on a spread of sandwiches, salad and treats.

Tuesday, May 9th

Meeting Agenda

  • 6:30pm Registration, socializing and dinner
  • 7:00pm Association and MassLandlords Business Updates
  • 7:10pm John Risko: De-Leading 101

Location

AHEPA
80 Northboro Rd
Marlborough, Ma. 01752

Food

  • Panera sandwiches, salads
  • Beverages
  • Cookies

Pricing

Members and non-members are welcome.

  • MassLandlords.net/MWPOA Members pay $50 annual MWPOA dues and each meeting is free
  • MassLandlords.net Members and Non-members $5

Members should log in for member pricing.

Membership options.

Please note: this event is run by volunteers at a partner association.

Marlborough Event Tickets
May, 9th 2017
De-leading 101

Event Page

Log in for MWPOA Member Registration

Buy a Non-Member Ticket $5

Purchase tickets one at a time. Your credit card is stored securely so additional tickets can be purchased with less effort than the first ticket.
Note: Accounts labeled "secondary" can get member prices through the primary account.

 

Price: $5.00

Date: May 9, 2017

Worcester: Judge Horan & Clerk Magistrate Moudios from Housing Court

Judge Horan could potentially ruin your year, but she's kind enough to join us, despite her busy schedule, to help you help yourself if you ever end up in housing court (knock on wood - let's hope not!)

This could be our most important meeting of the year! First Justice Diana Horan will be joining us to answer your questions on tenant evictions, common mistakes she sees landlords make, and so much more. This is an eye-opening opportunity to get the inside scoop from a Worcester Housing Court authority. We encourage paid members to submit any questions they may have to the WPOA message board by or before May 3rd so we can submit them to Judge Horan. Non-registrants can expect standing room only, because this is going to be a full house! Please register early!

courtroom

Bonus! Executive Director Doug Quattrochi will give a brief overview of the eviction process while Judge Horan listens in so she can give her commentary when needed. This is definitely not the meeting to miss!

**Please note that this meeting will not be recorded and it will be standing room only so please purchase your tickets ASAP!**

Valuable Connections Were Made at Our Last Meeting
Some members used the networking period and member minute to make useful connections regarding Retirement Planning and also Acquiring Property. We love to see attendees taking advantage of the networking periods to make connections like this.

Join us on May 10th to Meaningfully Mingle!

Wednesday, May 10th

Meeting Agenda

  • 5:45p Socializing and Networking
    • Network over drinks and appetizers
    • Topics will be marked off by table for one-on-one help
  • 6:15pm Buffet Dinner
  • 6:40pm MassLandlords Business Update and Member Minutes
  • 7:00pm Rich Merlino Meeting Introduction
  • 7:05pm Doug Quattrochi with Eviction Overview
  • 7:15pm Judge Horan and Clerk Magistrate Moudios
  • 8:20pm Networking
  • 9:00pm Doors close

Location

Worcester Technical High School
1 Skyline Dr
Worcester, MA 01603

Food

  • Cheese and crackers, sodas, water
  • Buffet dinner and refreshments
  • Desserts

Pricing

Please prepay in advance to receive the discounted pricing. The school requires this much notice for food orders.

  • Early-bird until May 1st at 12pm:
    • Non-members: $19.50
    • Members: $13.50 (log in before you register or you will see the non-member price)
    • Premium Members: No charge and no need to register
  • After May 1st at 12pm or at the door:
    • Non-members: $22
    • Members: $17
    • Premium Members: No charge and no need to register

Membership options.

Please note: this event is run by MassLandlords volunteers and staff.

Worcester Event Tickets

Judge Horan & Clerk Magistrate Moudios from Housing Court

May 10th 2017

Early Bird pricing only until May 1st at 12pm

Log in for Member Pricing

Buy a Non-Member Ticket $19.50

**Not Available until 5/1 after 12pm**

Member Ticket $17

Non-Member Ticket $22

Purchase tickets one at a time. Your credit card is stored securely so additional tickets can be purchased with less effort than the first ticket.
Note: Accounts labeled "secondary" can get member prices through the primary account.

Price: $19.50

Date: May 10, 2017

Springfield: De-leading & Lead Law Changes In-Depth with Dave Burgess

Lead Expert Dave Burgess, President of Emerald Lead Testing, will be joining us to dive into De-leading and to give us an update on the new lead laws. Massachusetts has some of the toughest lead laws in the country. However, the lead laws were just recently comprehensively overhauled and many major changes were made which might leave your certification of compliance void! So if you have property built before 1978, you need to come to this meeting. Remember that a landlord is responsible for lead poisoning of any child under six without a valid certificate of compliance. Join us to learn all about de-leading and bring your certification to find out if it's still valid!

When enacted, this will be the biggest overhaul to Mass. lead laws in decades.-Doug Quattrochi, Executive Director

Thursday, May 11th

Meeting Agenda

  • 5:30pm Socializing and Networking
    • Cash bar
  • 6:00pm Buffet dinner
  • 6:45pm State-wide Business Update and Member Minutes
  • 7:00pm Local Updates
  • 7:05pm Legal Update with Katharine Higgins-Shea: Reasonable Accommodations
  • 7:20pm De-leading with Dave Burgess
  • 8:20pm Networking
  • 9:00pm Doors Close

Location

Twin Hills Country Club
700 Wolf Swamp Rd
Longmeadow, MA 01106

Food

  • Hot Buffet Dinner
  • Cash bar
  • Hot Coffee & Tea
  • Dessert

*If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible so we can provide options for you.
 

Pricing

Please prepay at least 10 days in advance to receive the early bird discount. This also helps us order the right amount of food for the evening.
Members must log in to MassLandlords.net before trying to purchase a ticket at the member price.

  • Early bird only until May 1st at 12pm:
    • Non-members: $30.00
    • Members: $26.00 (log in before you register or you will see the non-member price)
  • After May 1st at 12pm or at the door:
    • Non-members: $35.00
    • Members: $30.00

Membership options.

Please note: this event is run by MassLandlords staff and volunteers.

Springfield Event Tickets

De-leading in Depth with Dave Burgess

May 11th 2017

Early Bird pricing only until May 1st at 12pm

To get the members discount, you must be logged-in and be a member in good standing.

Log in or join for $98 to access the members only discount.

Buy a Non-Member Ticket $30

**Not Available until 5/1 after 12pm**

Member Ticket $30

Non-Member Ticket $35

Purchase tickets one at a time. Your credit card is stored securely so additional tickets can be purchased with less effort than the first ticket.
Note: Accounts labeled "secondary" can get member prices through the primary account.

Price: $30.00

Date: May 11, 2017

Cambridge: Landlords Unite to End Homelessness *Bonus: Maintenance Hacks Presentation!*

Calling all Patriots! Learn how you can fill a vacancy by renting a unit to one of America's Heroes!

homelessness

Ryan McClusky & Marta Budu-Authur from the New England Center and Home for Veterans will be joining us to tell us about Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF). The New England Center and Home for Veterans works closely with landlords to create sustainable housing for homeless veterans. They provide 6+ months of support for both the landlord and veteran, are always available by cell phone to resolve issues, and conduct weekly check-ins to ensure success. By providing financial, housing and career assistance to these Veterans in dire need, the SSVF has Reduced Homelessness Nationwide by 47% and has kept 91% of Veteran Family Households housed after program exit. Join us to learn how to be a hero to a Veteran in need.

MassLandlords' own Doug Quattrochi has spent years working on bringing Insurance Against Homelessness to Massachusetts. Stemming from a successful program in Seattle, MassLandlords' proposed Insurance Against Homelessness was designed for landlords by landlords. The way the program could work in Massachusetts: landlords would receive $10,000 insurance for unpaid rent, damage, and attorney’s fees incurred in the first two years’ tenancy, tenants are forgiven minor CORI and past homelessness on the rental application, and the Commonwealth pays for a dedicated landlord adviser to mediate disputes and safeguard the state’s interest in the guarantee. Insurance Against Homelessness would supplement existing programs like HomeBASE, MRVP, and Section 8 to reduce the landlord’s perception of risk. We believe that this program would be a 'win, win win' for the Commonwealth, landlords and tenants. Help us to get this project off the ground by joining us on May 15th!

 

Bonus!

Doug Quattrochi will be doing a brief presentation on DIY Maintenance Hacks that you won't want to miss!

 

"On any given night in Massachusetts, more than 13,000 individuals in families experience homelessness. Approximately 60 percent of them are children, according to a recent report by the Boston Foundation, “The Growing Challenge of Family Homelessness."- Cyrus Moulton, Worcester Telegram

Monday, May 15th

Meeting Agenda

  • 5:30pm Registration, Socializing and Networking
  • 6:15pm Buffet Dinner in the Venture Cafe
  • 6:50pm Executive Director Doug Quattrochi with the MassLandlords Business Update
  • 7:00pm Ryan McClusky & Marta Budu-Authur: Housing Homeless Veterans
  • 7:35pm Doug Quattrochi with DIY Maintenance Hacks
  • 7:45pm Doug Quattrochi - Insurance Against Homelessness
  • 8:15pm Networking
  • 9:00pm Doors close

Location

Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway (5th Floor)
Cambridge, MA 02142

Food

  • Italian Classics Buffet
    • Charcuterie Board
    • Garden Salad
    • Chicken Parmesan
    • Eggplant Parmesan
    • Baked Ziti
  • Soft Drinks and Water
  • Assorted Cookies

*If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible so we can try to accommodate you.*

Pricing

Please prepay in advance to receive early-bird pricing. The caterer requires this much notice for food orders.

  • Early-bird ends on May 5th at 12pm:
    • Non-members: $19.50
    • Members: $15.50 (log in before you register or you will see the non-member price)
  • After May 5th at 12pm or at the door:
    • Non-members: $25.00
    • Members: $20.00

Membership options.

Please note: this event is run by MassLandlords volunteers and staff.

Cambridge Event Tickets
Landlords Unite to End Homelessness
May 15th 2017

Visit Event Page

Early Bird pricing until only May 5th at 12pm

To get the members discount, you must be logged-in and be a member in good standing.

Log in or join for $98 to access the members only discount.

Buy a Non-Member Ticket $19.50

**Not Available until 5/5 at 12pm**

Member Ticket $20

Non-Member Ticket $25

Purchase tickets one at a time. Your credit card is stored securely so additional tickets can be purchased with less effort than the first ticket.
Note: Accounts labeled "secondary" can get member prices through the primary account.

Price: $19.50

Date: May 15, 2017

Waltham: A Special Evening with Richard Vetstein, Famed Real Estate Attorney

We are Star Struck!
Founder of the Vetstein Law Group, Nationally Acclaimed Law Blogger and Superbly Rated lawyer, Richard Vetstein will be joining us this month!

Unlimited Buffet in the Copper House Contemporary Style

In his famous blog, Attorney Vetstein goes in-depth on topics like: new foreclosure rules, recreational marijuana, student housing and "no more than 4 rules", renting to criminals, and security deposits. Join us as we learn from the real estate law expert!

As a nationally recognized real estate attorney and litigator, Richard D. Vetstein, Esq., is a trusted source of legal knowledge. You may have read his commentary in publications such as The Boston Globe, Banker & Tradesman, Wall Street Journal SmartMoney.com, Bloomberg News, and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Recently, Inman News selected Attorney Vetstein as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate. Mr. Vetstein holds many important roles; he is a Feature Contributor to AOL Real Estate, the Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association's Title & Conveyancing Committee, he also testified at the Mass. State House in support of the Rent Escrow Bill and lobbied for the Act Clearing Title to Foreclosed Properties.

Tuesday, May 16th

Meeting Agenda

  • 6:15pm Networking/Dinner
    • Buffet Dinner
    • Cash Bar
  • 6:45pm Local Leader Calls Meeting to Order
  • 6:50pm Executive Director Doug Quattrochi with the MassLandlords Business Update
  • 7:05pm Attorney Richard Vetstein
  • 8:00pm Networking
  • 8:30pm Doors Close

*New Upgraded Location!*

Copper House Tavern (Private Room)
380 Winter St.
Waltham, MA 02451

Food

  • Cash Bar - over 40 craft beers on draught and hand crafted cocktails
  • Unlimited Buffet in the Copper House Contemporary Style
    • Hummus with Mediterranean Vegetables and Grilled Flatbread
    • Spinach, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Quesadillas
    • Chipotle Chicken Skewers with Blue Cheese
    • Artisan Cheeseburger Sliders
    • Al Fresco Pizza
    • Soda, Water, Tea
    • Dessert

*Please disclose any dietary restrictions to Alexis at agee@masslandlords.net and we will try to accommodate you.

Pricing

Please prepay in advance to receive the discounted pricing. The venue requires this much notice for our reservation.

*Limited Seating - Only 80 tickets will be sold - Better to get your tickets sooner rather than later!*

  • Early-bird until May 5th at 12pm:
    • Non-members: $23.50
    • Members: $18.50 (log in before you register or you will see the non-member price)
  • After May 5th or at the door:
    • Non-members: $30.00
    • Members: $26.00

Membership options.

Please note: this event is run by MassLandlords volunteers and staff.

Charles River Event Tickets
A Special Evening with Richard Vetstein, Famed Real Estate Attorney
May 16th 2017

Event Page

Early Bird pricing until only May 8th at 12pm

To get the members discount, you must be logged-in and be a member in good standing.

Log in or join for $98 to access the members only discount.

Buy a Non-Member Ticket $23.50

**Not Available until 5/8 at 12pm**

Member Ticket $26

Non-Member Ticket $30

Purchase tickets one at a time. Your credit card is stored securely so additional tickets can be purchased with less effort than the first ticket.
Note: Accounts labeled "secondary" can get member prices through the primary account.

Price: $23.50

Date: May 16, 2017

Springfield: The MassLandlords Crash Course in Landlording

Learn everything you need to succeed as an owner or manager of residential rental property in Massachusetts.

This fast-paced course is strictly limited to 16 participants to allow for detailed discussion and Q&A. Course tuition includes:

  • Small group session with the Executive Director, a trained presenter and experienced landlord.
  • A comprehensive agenda, see below.
  • Nolo's Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide
  • A bound summary of all material presented
  • A book on conflict resolution, title TBD, either by Peter Shapiro or Roger Fisher, depending on availability
  • Breakfast pastries, coffee, tea
  • Lunch sandwiches, sodas, chips, cookies; all dietary requirements satisfied
  • A MassLandlords gel pen
  • A coupon for 10% off any MassLandlords annual membership
  • A MassLandlords certificate of completion and permission to use "MassLandlords participant" on your marketing material.

 
crash course
 

Normally like to sleep in on Saturdays and was worried that I could walk away from the workshop underwhelmed. Fortunately that was not the case at all. This was a productive Saturday for sure and I probably could have stayed for more.

-Feedback from May 2016 Class

*Revised Date* Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Need a different date? Email dquattrochi@masslandlords.net with your city and number of attendees to request a custom session, or join our mailing list, "News about local events," to be notified of the next crash course near you.

Agenda

  • 8:30 am - Introduction of MassLandlords and course participants
  • 8:45 - Rental markets
    • Urban, suburban, rural
    • Luxury, college, professional, working, subsidized, rooming houses
  • 8:55 - Property selection
    • Lead paint (Legal highlight)
    • Utilities
    • Bones vs surfaces
    • Amenities
    • Repairs and renovations
    • Durable vs beautiful
    • What if I'm stuck with what I've got?
  • 9:05 - Sales and marketing 101 for rental property managers
    • Marketing rentals
    • Sales process
    • Staying organized
    • Branding a small business
    • Getting more or fewer calls
    • Tips and tricks
  • 9:45 - Break
  • 9:55 - Applications and screening
    • Criminal, credit, eviction
    • Discrimination (legal highlight)
    • Interactive Game
  • 10:35 - Rental Forms
    • Lease vs Tenancy at Will
    • iCORI
    • Eviction notices
  • 10:55 - Legal Matters
    • Late fees
    • Security deposits
    • Eviction process
    • Move-and-store
    • Water and electrical submetering
    • Housing Court vs District Court
    • Warranty of habitability
    • Inspections
    • Subsidies
    • Rent control
  • 11:55 - Break
  • 12:05 - Lunch and free form Q&A
  • 12:25 - Maintenance, hiring, and operations
    • Keeping the rent roll and expenses
    • Filing taxes
    • To manage or not to mange
    • Tenants as customers
    • Notifying tenants
    • Extermination
    • Monitoring contractors
    • Lease violations and conflict resolution
    • Record keeping
  • 1:00 - Overview of books and resources for further education
  • 1:15 - End

Location

Hilton Garden Inn Springfield
800 Hall Of Fame Avenue
Springfield, MA 01105

Plenty of parking, off I-91. Please plan to arrive tens minutes early to make sure you navigate the couple of side streets off the ramp.

Food

  • Continental Breakfast
    • Fresh Baked Breakfast Breads
    • Pastries and Muffins
    • Variety of Deli Style Bagels with Cream Cheese and Fruit Preserves
    • Sliced Fresh Seasonal Fruits
    • Coffee & Tea
  • Lunch
    • Assorted Grilled Paninis (vegetarian option included)
    • Salad Bar
    • Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, etc.
    • Hot Apple Crisp

*If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible so we can accommodate you. Contact Alexis at agee@masslandlords.net .

Pricing

  • Online:
    • Non-members: $199
    • Members: $189 (Please log in before you register or you will see the non-member price)
  • Online registration required.

Membership.

Please note: this event is run by MassLandlords staff.

Springfield Crash Course Tickets

May 27th, 2017

Limited to 16 registrants

Log in for Member Pricing

Non-Member $199

Purchase tickets one-at-a-time. Your credit card is stored securely so additional tickets can be purchased with less effort than the first ticket.

Note: Accounts labeled "secondary" can get member prices through the primary account.

 

Price: $199.00

Date: May 27, 2017

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