Forum (Real Estate Message Boards)
All MassLandlords members have access to a valuable resource: our online message boards are a direct line of communication with other landlords in your region who can provide helpful information and resources to help with your business.
If you have a question – any question! – about this industry, the message boards are a place to get informed answers from other housing providers and learn from their experiences. Whether you seek general information about everyday housing issues, or need specific answers that only other landlords in your area can provide, these message boards are the place to start.
No Question Too Specific or Too General
Answers to many of your message board questions may be provided via links to the MassLandlords website and our hundreds of pages of informational articles about landlording in this state, or to our monthly newsletter. Such general questions might include:
- Has anyone tried installing water submeters in their rentals?
- What are the best screening practices for prospective tenants?
- What does eviction in Massachusetts involve?
But perhaps a higher value of the MassLandlords message boards emerges when users seek answers to specific questions pertaining to their current situations:
- Has anyone heard that the city is refusing to issue certificates because heat detectors were installed inside a unit?
- I need to apply for a zoning change for my 3-family, does anyone have experience working with [my city] administrators on this process?
- What should I do with xyz administrator, they aren’t answering my calls, does anyone know someone higher up?
Sometimes the best way to get specific information is straight from those who have lived through similar circumstances.
The most informed, up-to-date landlords stay interactive within their group communities, to gain valuable contacts, forge working relationships, keep apprised of the latest legal and market developments, receive practical advice, and much more.
A Group for Every Member
Massachusetts is a wide and diverse state with several distinct zones. Issues, ordinances and markets pertaining to property ownership and rental housing in the Boston area may differ significantly from those for landlords in Berkshire County.
To encourage interaction among landlords living and providing housing within common regions, we will assign new and current MassLandlords members to specific message boards based on your location of residence within the state, determined by your contact zip code.
If you live in or near Pittsfield, for example, you will be enrolled in the Berkshire County chapter Google group. If you reside in Cambridge you will be enrolled in the Greater Boston group. Greenfield residents will have their own regional group, etc.
Ideally, every one of our 1,800-plus MassLandlords members will sign up for a message board in their region and make a habit of interacting with and learning from others with shared experiences.
By default, we will add you to the Google group that matches your billing zip code. Many owners and managers operate in more than one location, and you are welcome on more than one board. To join other message boards, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the regional message board/s you want to join.
Simple to Use by Design
These Google group message boards are easy to use; as easy as writing and receiving emails. Read a quick rundown of MassLandlords Google group usage details.
In order to keep conversations manageable and meaningful on these message boards, we will attempt to keep group memberships at a level not exceeding 300 participants. As groups grow (a good thing!), we will create new groups as necessary.
For now, regional Google groups comprise members in:
- Berkshire County (Pittsfield)
- Greater Boston (Cambridge)
- Central Worcester County (WPOA)
- Charles River (Greater Waltham)
- Greater Springfield (RHAGS)
- Lawrence (Spanish only, solo Español)
- MetroWest (MWPOA) google group
- Northern Worcester County
- Southern Worcester County (SWLCA)
New chapter groups will be added to this list according to members’ locations. Note that a statewide (digital) group exists and will be the default assignment for members who reside outside the state (let us know where you operate and we will gladly place you in the region of your choosing).
Finally, MassLandlords also maintains a statewide Facebook group, available to all members. To be added to our closed Facebook group, request to join on Facebook.
You must be a paid member to use MassLandlords.net Google groups. Log in and view the Member Home Page for help.