Upcoming Events


On the calendar below, click the event title to view the full details for each upcoming event. For chapter and general event information, scroll to the very bottom of this page.

Non-members welcome! Come see what MassLandlords is all about!

MassLandlords events are open to the public. We welcome any interested individuals to join us to network, learn and contribute to our ever growing community.

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  • Springfield Crash Course in Landlording
    8:15 AM-1:15 PM
    11/04/2017

    221 Industry Ave, Springfield, MA 01104, USA

    221 Industry Ave, Springfield, MA 01104, USA

     

    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.

     

     

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event

    “I simply wanted to reach out and express just how happy I am to have attended the landlording crash course instructed by Doug. The presentation and delivery of the information was flawless and I certainly have walked away with a greater understanding of the intricacies that govern being an above average landlord/manager. I hope MassLandlords continues to provide its members and the Worcester communities with resources that will further advance its development. Keep up the great work and thank you again!” – Michael Murray (Worcester Crash Course 7/17)

    Saturday, November 4th, 2017

    Need a different date? Email hello@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

    Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley
    221 Industry Ave
    Springfield, MA 01104

    Parking: Parking is free. There will be ample parking in the RAPV lot right next to the building.

    Food

    • Continental Breakfast
      • Fresh Baked Pastries, Muffins and Donuts
      • Variety of Bagels with Cream Cheese and Butter
      • Fresh Cut Fruit
      • Coffee
      • Tea
      • Orange Juice
    • Lunch
      • Assorted Italian Buffet
      • Caesar Salad
        • Chicken Cacciatore
        • Eggplant Parmesan
        • Baked Ziti
      • Fried Oreos
      • Cinnamon Sticks
      • Soft Drinks and Water

    *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

    Only 2 Seats Left!!

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

    Membership.

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event

    Please note: this event is run by MassLandlords staff.

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  • Southbridge: Low-cost / No-cost Energy Assistance Programs
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    11/06/2017

    135 Chestnut St, Southbridge, MA 01550, USA

    135 Chestnut St, Southbridge, MA 01550, USA

     

    There are many low-cost, and even some no-cost, energy abatement programs available to landlords and tenants through various Income Eligible Programs. Mary Knittle, of The Worcester Community Action Council, will describe these programs and review eligibility requirements with us. A summary of some of the programs available include:

    • Heating & Fuel Assistance Programs. These programs have generous income guidelines, and can pay toward any kind of heating bill. These programs can even provide benefits to tenants whose heating costs are included in the rent. Additionally, eligible clients can receive discounts on utility bills. All told, this program can free up money in the tenant’s budget for other important things – such as paying the full amount of rent on schedule.
    • Weatherization is available for properties rented by income eligible tenants. In some cases, even heating systems can be replaced.
    • The Appliance Management Program can replace refrigerators, dehumidifiers, window A/C units, and washing machines.
    • The Worcester Community Action Council can also help to resolve utility shut-off situations.

    Monday, November 6th

    Meeting Agenda

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

    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.

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  • Worcester: Tenant Screening Workshop & Insurance to Save $10,000
    5:30 PM-9:00 PM
    11/08/2017

    1 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605, USA

    1 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605, USA

     

    Insurance is one of a landlord’s top-three biggest expenses, after mortgage and taxes. Andy Faust of Northeast Insurance will be addressing a variety of surprises including vacancy insurance, errors and omissions for managers, and coverage to bring your building back up to code after a loss. Come learn how to eliminate $10,000 of exposure by using a strategic new insurance plan! Whether you are a landlord or a house flipper, you cannot miss this event.


    For the first time in over three years, our interactive screening workshop is back! Role play with fellow members by following the letter and spirit of the law to pick the best applicants. Our funny scenarios highlight real problems that you’ll learn to avoid. You’ll leave this meeting with at least one if not ten great new screening tips and tricks. Participation is not required. If you saw our tenant screening discrimination presentation at the October meeting, you’ll get all new information and you’ll be best prepared to wow your peers at this workshop.

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event


    “We work too hard to build a business and do everything else to lose $50,000 because we didn’t pay $250 for an insurance rider. And choosing the right tenants speaks for itself. We can trace 80% of our problems back to not choosing the right tenant, maybe more.”
    Rich Merlino, Program Emcee

    Wednesday, November 8th

    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 by The Vintage Grille
    • 6:40pm MassLandlords Business Update and Member Minutes
    • 7:00pm Rich Merlino Meeting Introduction
    • 7:05pm Insurance Strategy with Andy Faust
    • 7:45pm Tenant Screening Workshop
    • 8:25pm 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 caterer requires this much notice for food orders. Non-members always welcome!

    • Early-bird ends 10/30 @ 12pm:
      • Non-members: $20.00
      • 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 Early bird or at the door:
      • Non-members: $23
      • Members: $17
      • Premium Members: No charge and no need to register

    Membership options.

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

     

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event

     

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  • Springfield: Disaster Show and Tell, Ways to Make More Money
    5:30 PM-9:00 PM
    11/09/2017

    700 Wolf Swamp Rd, Longmeadow, MA 01106, USA

    700 Wolf Swamp Rd, Longmeadow, MA 01106, USA

     

    This event pairs topics of interest to small and large landlords!

    In the Disaster “Show and Tell”, Katie Daviau of BayState Restoration will motivate each of us to prevent fire, smoke and water damage. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! But in the event of a disaster, sometimes even seemingly total wrecks can be salvaged! Katie’s “before and after” pictures will show us how we can recover from the worst-case scenario, making fire, smoke, or water casualty losses less frightening. You have to see her pictures to believe them. Don’t miss it!

    Larger landlords will love our second topic, “Ways to Make More Money,” in which a MassLandlords volunteer will present the best tips and tricks we’ve learned from talking with hundreds of landlords over the years. Are you charging for unexpected pets? Do you know how to charge 20% above market rent? It’s all legal and ethical at MassLandlords. Don’t miss these secret strategies for improving your bottom line.

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event

    Thursday, November 9th

    Meeting Agenda

    • 5:30pm Socializing and Networking
      • Cash bar
    • 6:00pm Buffet dinner
    • 6:40pm State-wide Business Update and Member Minutes
    • 7:00pm Local Updates
    • 7:05pm Legal Update
    • 7:10pm Katie Daviau with Disaster Show and Tell
    • 7:50pm MassLandlords volunteer with Ways to Make More Money
    • 8:30pm 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 until 10/30 @ 12pm:
      • Non-members: $32.00
      • Members: $26.00 (log in before you register or you will see the non-member price)
    • After Early bird or at the door:
      • Non-members: $37.00
      • Members: $32.00

    Membership options.

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

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  • Cambridge: Excluding Mice, Zero Down Cashflow Positive Solar
    5:30 PM-9:00 PM
    11/20/2017

    1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

    1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

     

    Steve Buono of Buono Pest Control will make us laugh and cringe with his pest control tips, tricks and stories. Fall is not just football season, it's also mice season! Find out what they want, why they’re in your building, and how to keep them out for good (mice, not the NFL). Steve will explain extermination and exclusion and be available to discuss Greater Boston’s bed bugs and roaches, as well. Join us on to stop these pests in their tracks!

    Jamie Leef of SunBug Solar will explain how we can turn our buildings into power plants. Learn why you shouldn’t lease panels, how you can finance your own for zero down, and how to include electrical and heat in the rent to come out ahead!

    Schedule Your Complimentary Advising Session Today!

    Landlord Counselor Peter Shapiro and Attorney Jessica Manganello will be offering 15 minute appointments during the Networking and Dinner periods at this event (5:30pm to 6:30pm). If you wish to schedule an appointment with either or both advisors, email Alexis at agee@masslandlords.net. Please note that in order to schedule an appointment, you must have a ticket for this event. Keep checking back for additions to our Advisor Lineup!

    Peter Shapiro, Landlord Counselor and author of The Good Landlord, has been a counselor, mediator, trainer, and a small property owner himself for over 25 years. Peter can help you to strengthen tenancies, resolve issues over nonpayment, address other lease violation issues, and prepare if eviction is needed.

    Attorney Jessica Manganello, Founder of New Leaf Legal has a lot of experience in dealing with new and growing businesses. Business and contract law are where she focuses her practice. These areas include entity formation and team structuring, contract review and drafting, business transactions, and outside general counsel activities. She works with business owners, whether startup, established, or independent to manage legal issues that arise for their businesses as they grow and evolve.

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event

    Monday, November 20th

    Meeting Agenda

    • 5:30pm Registration, Socializing and Networking
      • Complimentary Advising Appointments
    • 6:15pm Buffet Dinner in the Venture Cafe
    • 6:45pm Executive Director Doug Quattrochi with the MassLandlords Business Update
    • 7:00pm Steve Buono, Excluding Mice and More
    • 7:40pm Jamie Leef, Zero Down Cash Flow Positive Solar
    • 8:20pm Networking
    • 9:00pm Doors close

    Location

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

    Accessing from the T

    • Exit the Kendall T stop on Main St.
    • Cross to the side of Main St. with the Chipotle and walk up the street towards Broadway, passing the Chipotle on your left.
    • You will then round the corner to the left and One Broadway will be across the street diagonally.
    • Cross over Third St. and Broadway to arrive at One Broadway.

    For all attendees Upon entering One Broadway, you will need to check in with the lobby security. You’ll just need to show your ID and let them know you’re going to the MassLandlords event in the 5th floor Venture Cafe.

    Parking

    Accessible by T and highway. Parking available in several garages for weekend rates. See CIC Directions for details. Pilgrim Parking has affordable rates and is a short walk from the venue, click here for details

    Food

    • Assorted Cheese, Crackers & Seasonal Fruit
    • Buffet
      • Garden Salad
      • Chicken & Broccoli over Ziti
      • Chicken Parmesan
      • Roasted Vegetables
      • Cookies
    • Soda, Tea, Water

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

    Pricing

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

    • Early-bird only until 11/10 @ 12pm:
      • Non-members: $18.50
      • Members: $13.50 (log in before you register or you will see the non-member price)
    • After Early bird or at the door:
      • Non-members: $22.00
      • Members: $18.00

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event

    Membership options.

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

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  • Marlborough: LLC/Trust and Bathtub Refinishing
    6:30 PM-8:30 PM
    11/21/2017

    1 Muddy Ln, Marlborough, MA 01752, USA

    1 Muddy Ln, Marlborough, MA 01752, USA

     

    If you got sued tomorrow, would you be at risk of losing everything? Is your trust protecting your assets the way you think? Join us at this meeting to learn how to protect our assets with entities like LLCs and Trusts. Nicole Pinkos will teach us things like: how to set up LLCs, what’s the right entity for you, what’s the difference between LLCs and Trusts, and more.

    Trying to decide whether to pitch that scratched up tub? You’re in luck because we’ll be learning all about reglazing worn out bath tubs from Keith Tetreault of Ultimate Reglaze. He’ll be focusing on the process, average cost range, benefits, and options available when reglazing a tub.

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event

    Off Schedule Date!

    Tuesday, November 21st

    Meeting Agenda

    • 6:30pm Registration, socializing and dinner
    • 7:00pm Association and MassLandlords Business Updates
    • 7:10pm LLC/Trusts with Nicole Pinkos
    • 7:45pm Bathtub Refinishing with Keith Tetreault

    New Location!

    Marlborough Fish and Game
    1 Muddy Ln

    Marlborough, MA 01752

    Food

    • Panera sandwiches, salads
    • Beverages
    • Cookies

    Pricing & RSVP

    Members and non-members are welcome. *MWPOA Members* RSVP by emailing your full name to hello@masslandlords.net

    • MassLandlords.net/MWPOA Members pay $100 annual MWPOA dues and each meeting is free, just RSVP!
    • 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.

    Click here to purchase tickets for this event

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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 (No December, June, July or August meetings)
  • New Date! Charles River (CRRHA): Newton/Waltham/Watertown: First Wednesday
  • 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.

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