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Membership Plan Benefits

Resources

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Benefit
Description
Value
Up To
Included
Videos and Members-only Resources
Watch past events, learn about the laws, and access spreadsheets you can build on like our heat pump vs. furnace calculator.
Videos and Members-only Resources
Included in Membership
  • Watch past events, learn about the laws, and access spreadsheets you can build on like our heat pump vs. furnace calculator.
  • The most popular live events (a separate benefit of membership) are recorded for viewing any time.
  • Nine years' of videos and counting.

How this benefit's value is calculated: You only need to learn one pro tip to save thousands. For instance, switch from gas to just the right cold rated heat pump:

  time_to_research: 6 hours
  cost_of_plumber: $65 per hour
  save_by_switching: $169 per year
  life_of_heat_pump: 20 years
  $3,770 = ttr * cop + 
           sbs * lohp

Pick any subject and you could save more or less there, too: avoid one eviction (could be $10,000), avoid lead poisoning (could be $1,000,000), avoid discrimination ($10,000 first offense to $50,000 third offense), etc. etc.

Example of a recorded webinar for how to submeter a property and lawfully bill tenants for water.
Newsletter
In-depth news, tips and tricks emailed monthly and available as PDF.
Newsletter
Included in Membership
  • In-depth news, tips and tricks emailed monthly.
  • Beautiful, intelligent, insightful.
  • Read online for free in mobile friendly format, virtual magazine, or downloadable pdf.
  • Written by professional writers, attorneys and expert landlords

How this benefit's value is calculated:

Landlords with < 100 units can read and learn about everything. Take discrimination: the risk of a complaint increases with business size. Above 100 units, where the risk might be counterbalanced by well-developed processes, you could pay an attorney to rehash what we've already published. Or you could reread our articles and tune up your processes yourself.

  first_offense: $10,000
  complaints: 2,778 per year
  fines: 0.0025% of complaints
  apartments_in_MA: 1,100,000

  atty_rate: $250 per hour
  atty_hrs: 5 hours
  
  value =  units < 100 ? 
  (fo * acwm + 
  units * ( ar * ah  - fo *  csr) /
  (100-0)) : ar * ah

30+ pages monthly.
Defense Fund
Limited interest-free loans to cover attorney fees if the state is making you bankrupt.
Defense Fund
Included in Membership
  • Limited interest-free loans to cover attorney fees if the state is making you bankrupt.
  • Applies when you and your case meet eligibility criteria.
  • Must be a member in good standing for two years or more.

How this benefit's value is calculated:

There is a less than one-in-a-thousand chance you will need us to bail you out.

  fund: $2000 
  probability: 0.1%
  value: $2

With our education, you will be even less likely to need this benefit. =)

We hope you never need it.
Search eviction records by address
Conduct rental real estate due diligence or cross-check your tenant screening.
Search eviction records by address
Included in Membership
  • Conduct rental real estate due diligence or cross-check your tenant screening.
  • All Housing Court, District Court, and Boston Municipal Court cases read weekly.
  • Docket numbers guide deeper research at the MassCourts official site.
  • Find turnkey or turnaround opportunities.

How this benefit's value is calculated: Below 100 units, the usefulness of an eviction screen increases the bigger you get. Above 100 units, our search is highly likely to save you and your attorney time.

  eviction_average: $3,520
  probability_of_eviction: 3%

  atty_time: 5 hrs
  atty_rate: $250 per hour 

  value: units < 100 ? 
         ea * poe + units * 
         (at * ar - ea * poe) 
         : at * ar
Get early perspective on any investment
Service Provider Directory
Search for service providers or be listed as one (attorneys, snow removal, property managers, brokers, plumbers, electricians, and much more).
Service Provider Directory
Included in Membership
  • Search for service providers or be listed as one (attorneys, snow removal, property managers, brokers, plumbers, electricians, and much more).
  • Our provider directory has over 800 mostly unlisted "hidden treasures" for handy people and other local contractors.
  • We have a state-wide network of attorney recommendations.
  • Search the directory for rental businesses like yours to find the best match.

How this benefit's value is calculated: If you're still building your team, our directory might save you some googling. Once your team is established, we can help you cross-check the odd new hire to avoid a bad hire.

  management: $25 per hour
  maintenance: 2 per unit
  googling: 2 hours
  avoiding_scam: $1,250
  value: units < 100 ? 
         units * mt * g * me + 
         units * (as - 
         units * mt * g * me) :
         as
An example of the kinds of categories you can search in the service provider directory.
Rental Forms
Download a complete set of up-to-date rental forms (emotional support animal verifications, applications, leases, notices to quit, and more)
Rental Forms
Included in Membership
  • Download a complete set of up-to-date rental forms (emotional support animal verifications, applications, leases, notices to quit, and more).
  • Everything except barcoded court forms: rental applications, leases, month-to-month agreements, notices to quit, security deposit returns, contractor templates and much, much more.
  • Downloadable PDF and MS Word formats let you customize our forms to your business and brand.
  • Updated at least annually as laws and markets change.
  • Our forms can be customized to suit or used as-is.
  • 43 forms, 24,000 words to protect you.

How this benefit's value is calculated: It would take a secretary eleven hours of typing just to reproduce these forms, never mind the attorney who would be needed to specify what they should say. The forms are worth $2,800 alone. Once downloaded, remaining a member is key for updates. We've shown you the lower of the two values.

  attorney: $250 per hour
  annual_review: 2 hours minimum

  value = attorney * annual_review
A landlord shared this picture with us as they prepared to rent their apartment using only MassLandlords.net forms. Look at that bedbug warning sheet! =)

Savings

Benefit
Description
Value
Up To
Included
Home Depot Savings
Save on average 8.4% at Home Depot stores and online, all departments including kitchen and bath, lumber, flooring, plumbing, paint and more.
Home Depot Savings
Included in Membership when Units Disclosed
  • Save on average 8.4% at Home Depot stores and online, all departments including kitchen and bath, lumber, flooring, plumbing, paint and more.
  • Last year's records: $1,166 saved on $11,880 of flooring; 99% saved on $3.96 of work gloves. Sometimes the discount may not apply to any given purchase, 8.4% is the average savings.
  • MassLandlords has a regional sales rep who can arrange free delivery and bulk discounts on orders of $1,000 or $8,000 at a time.
  • Two percent of our collective spend goes back to MassLandlords to fund our work.

How this benefit's value is calculated: We add up actual spend and savings and estimate how many rental units were driving that spend. We start to phase out the discount for landlords who spend over $100,000 per year, at which point you can get your own managed account with Home Depot.

  spent: $1,634,938 last year
  saved:   $137,280 last year
  participants: 467
  average_units: 27 per participant
  managed_account: $100,000 per year
  phaseout_begins: 792 units
  phaseout_at: 8,370 units

  value = (units < pb) ? 
  ( units * (sd / (p* au)) ) : 
  ( ( units < pa ? (( units * 
   (sd / (p * au))) -
   ( units - pb) / (pa - pb) * units * 
   (sd / (p * au))) :
  0 ) )
Actual receipt above showing $401 saved (16%). YMMV.
Entity Formation Savings
Create LLC's or Inc's for a low, members-only fixed price via New Leaf Legal.
Entity Formation Savings
Included in Membership
  • Create LLC's or Inc's for a low, members-only fixed price via New Leaf Legal.
  • Trusts and asset protection strategies discussed for no charge.
  • New Leaf Legal based in Cambridge works remotely across Massachusetts.

How this benefit's value is calculated: We compared our fixed price to create a single LLC with estimates from other attorneys billing hourly.

  value = $530
Cambridge-based firm works state-wide
Free Trial to Collect Rent
Save time and get paid faster with RentHelper, a virtual office manager for one-fifth the cost of credit cards (free trial).
Free Trial to Collect Checks Online
Included in Membership
  • Save time and get paid faster with RentHelper, a virtual office manager for one-fifth the cost of credit cards.
  • "Rent is due" done right. Virtual office manager texts with tenants to schedule online rent collection.
  • Evictions avoided, late payers start paying as agreed.
  • Members get a free trial for their first tenant.

How this benefit's value is calculated: We take average rents and the free trial duration and estimate RentHelper's waived service charge.

  average_rent: $1250
  service_charge: 0.6%
  free_trial: 6 months

  value = average_rent * 
    service_charge * 
    free_trial
RentHelper is the only rent software with mandatory credit reporting. Tenants with good communication will be favorably reported.
Credit Screening Discount
Save on SmartScreen credit reports.
Credit Screening Discount
Included in Membership
  • Save on real credit scores and actual trade histories with ClearScreening SmartScreen.
  • No on-site visit required.
  • Instant access.

How this benefit's value is calculated:

  average_tenancy: 18 months
  savings: $5

  value = ((1 / average_tenancy * 12 )
    * savings)* units
Full histories and actual score. No inspection required.
Membership for Your Entire Team
One dues payment covers as many team members as you need to run to your business.
Membership for Your Entire Team
Included in Membership when Units Disclosed
  • One dues payment covers as many team members as you need to run to your business.
  • Give each team member a site login.
  • Each team member participates in message boards, downloads forms, and can become a Certified Massachusetts Landlord™.
  • Applies to informal partnerships, legal entities, and combinations of LLCs, trusts and other entities.

How this benefit's value is calculated: We estimate how many team members you might need based on the units you have, and what it would cost to buy membership for each separately.

  sample_dues: $225
  units_per_person: 30,
  
  value = (units / upp) * 
    sample_dues
We'll help you scale from one unit to an empire, or stay as you are with less stress.

Community

Benefit
Description
Value
Up To
Included
Message boards and Facebook group
24/7 access to Massachusetts landlords for advice and/or to contribute your professional expertise.
Message boards and Facebook group
Included in Membership
  • 24/7 access to Massachusetts landlords for advice and/or to contribute your professional expertise.
  • Find us on Facebook or Google Groups for local and state-wide conversations.
  • Message boards are monitored by MassLandlords staff for responsiveness and correctness.
  • Save money by finding a landlord with your same experience before reaching out to an attorney.

How this benefit's value is calculated: The value of education can be priceless, but we did our best to put a number to it. Below 100 units, your education grows as your business grows. We use the example of a single avoided eviction for a ballpark. We say the value levels off above 100 units. You'll always be learning, but it will be hard for us to predict the value.

  eviction_average: $3,520
  probability_of_eviction: 3%

  atty_time: 5 hrs
  atty_rate: $250 per hour 

  value: units < 100 ? 
         ea * poe + units * 
         (at * ar - ea * poe) 
         : at * ar
Example of the Google message boards.
Events
Networking and education at events accessible state-wide.
Networking and Training Events
Included in Membership
  • Networking and education at events accessible state-wide.
  • Screened and vetted speakers cover topics that matter to your bottom line.
  • No sales pitch, guaranteed.
  • Evening event ticket prices comes with dinner, all dietary restrictions satisfied.

How this benefit's value is calculated: Education can be priceless, but for this benefit we went with the simple difference between public and member price tickets.

  average_public: $21
  average_member: $7
  recommended_events: 10
  units_per_person: 50

  value = (units / upp) * 
   (ap - am ) * re 
Packed room to learn about avoiding the growing liability of mold. We're on zoom for now, we'll be back in-person statewide before long.
Policy Advocacy
We create better rental housing.
Policy Advocacy
Included in Membership
  • We create better rental housing.
  • Members choose which bills and ordinances to support or oppose.
  • MassLandlords is your advocate at the city, state, and federal level.
  • We educate the public, file testimony and write amicus briefs.
  • We are a leading public records requestor and litigator. Government should work for all fairly and in the open.

How this benefit's value is calculated: Avoiding a disaster like rent control could be priceless. Or, think about how many landlords got five figure rental assistance during the pandemic thanks to our advocacy (we're the ones who asked the state to let landlords apply on behalf of our renters). To keep it simple, we just added up our policy spend per unit last year.

  spend: $1.75 per unit
  value = units * price_per_unit
Our policy priorities survey sets our agenda
Legal Standing
Vote in either statewide or local MassLandlords elections, serve on boards, and be represented in policy discussions with local and state officials.
Legal Standing
Included in Membership
  • Vote in either statewide or local MassLandlords elections, serve on boards, and be represented in policy discussions with local and state officials.
  • MassLandlords is a 501(c)6 nonprofit.
  • We exist for the benefit of member businesses like yours.
  • Vote for our policy priorities and our Board of Directors.

How this benefit's value is calculated: We show the same value to every member, $0, but the ability to steer MassLandlords cooperatively with other business owners and investors should be priceless.

  value = $Priceless
Your vote helps chart the course for MassLandlords.

Certification Program

Benefit
Description
Value
Up To
Included
Brand Promotion
MassLandlords promotes your status as Certified Massachusetts Landlord™.
Brand Promotion
Included in Membership
  • MassLandlords promotes your status as Certified Massachusetts Landlord™.
  • Social media and web search advertising to Rent Certified™.
  • Attract the most qualified renters.
  • Build a positive reputation in the community.

How this benefit's value is calculated: We show the same value for every member $0, because we don't know if you'll want to get certified, and because this program is in its infancy. If you are interested in helping us set the direction of brand promotion, join, become a Certified Massachusetts Landlord™, and contact us to get started.

  value = What you make of membership
Renters will value their home even more
Be a Certified Massachusetts Landlord™
Our professional designation proves you know rental housing.
Be a Certified Massachusetts Landlord™
Included in Membership
  • Our professional designation proves you know rental housing.
  • Add an optional Massachusetts-specific professional certification to any membership.
  • Three levels: best practices, the test, and continuing education.
  • Guidance for new and prospective owners, managers, and investors.
  • Brand recognition for experienced operators.

How this benefit's value is calculated: We show the same value to everyone, $750, based on professional certifications in other fields.

  value = $750
Differentiate yourself in the marketplace.

Paid Add-ons

Benefit
Description
Value
Up To
Included
Helpline
One-on-one landlording advice and legal information (available for purchase hourly as-needed or prepaid for a year).
Add-on
Helpline
Purchase hourly or prepay for a year at a discount
  • One-on-one legal information and business advice from non-attorney landlords and mediators. Referrals to attorneys state-wide.
  • Time can be purchased hourly or prepaid for an entire year.
  • We specialize in rent increases, termination of tenancies and eviction, landlord rights and responsibilities, and everything that might cause sleepless nights.

How to purchase: This is an optional membership add-on. The latest prices will be shown to you after joining. Example prices (may change):

  One unit: +$300
  Up to 500 units: +$750
  Hourly: +$90 per hour
Call 911 in an emergency, and then call us.
Property Rights Supporter
Present yourself or your business as a Property Rights Supporter.
Add-on
Property Rights Supporter
Donations may be started after enrollment
  • Present yourself or your business as a Property Rights Supporter.
  • Voluntary monthly donations on top of base dues accelerate our policy advocacy.
  • Property Rights Supporters receive special recognition at events, in our newsletter, and at policy forums.
  • Past returns on investment/donation include rent escrow (Davis v. Comerford 2019), landlords being able to apply for rental assistance on behalf of our renters (2020), and an early veto of tenant right of first refusal (January 2021)

How to purchase: This is an optional membership add-on. The latest prices will be shown to you after joining. Example prices (may change):

  Owner's Cooperative: +$100 /mo
  Owner's Club: +$50 /mo
  Working Together Club: +$20.25 /mo
  Working Together Circle: +$10 /mo
Property Rights Supporters are the reason we are able to fight for property rights and what housing providers need.
Print Newsletter
Add an optional print subscription for your handheld pleasure, waiting area, or friends.
Add-on
Print Newsletter
Available for purchase after joining
  • Add an optional print subscription for your handheld pleasure, waiting area, or friends.
  • Delivered around the first of every month.
  • Full color premium glossy format.
  • Collect a library of landlording knowledge.

How to purchase: This is an optional membership add-on. The latest prices will be shown to you after joining. Example prices (may change):

  12 issues: +$90 per year
Unlike the email version of the newsletter, the print newsletter never needs charging.

Owners, managers and investors love us

2,452 Members as of Mar 28 and Counting

"I have three buildings which were financed by Masslandlords members I met at events. They are all holding first position mortgages with great rates and a small down payment. The connections I have made over the years have literally been priceless."
Russell Sabadosa, East Longmeadow

On the value of events: "The cheapest way to learn is from someone else's mistakes."
Jane Gasek, Worcester
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