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Compromise in Boston would bring rent strikes

Boston’s home-rule petition threatens STATE AID to Mass. cities and towns Petition enables Boston tenants to depress RENTS using widespread RENT STRIKES “The Jim Brooks Stabilization Act” (HB 4142) is a home-rule petition, now at the State Legislature, that would depress property values in Boston and change allocations of STATE AID. State aid, totalling almost [&hellip

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“Just Cause Eviction” = unjust RENT CONTROL

Just Cause Eviction = unjust RENT FREEZE  “Marriage with no divorce clause” Who would be affected by Just Cause Eviction? Many small property owners in Boston make a part-time or full-time living and feed their family with a small collection of rental units, from 7 up to 10 or 12 or even more units. These owners do [&hellip

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Click Here to Voice Your Opinion Now – Contact Boston Mayor and City Councilors

COUNCILORS’ LIKELY POSITIONS ON JUST CAUSE EVICTION ARE IN CAPITAL LETTERS AFTER THEIR NAMES. PLEASE CONTACT THE UNDECIDED ONES FIRST. BOSTON MAYOR  Marty Walsh 617-635-4500 Mayor@boston.gov  YES, HE IS SPONSOR! BOSTON CITY COUNCILORS Michelle Wu, President At-Large 617-635-3115 Michelle.Wu@boston.gov All of Boston  UNDECIDED LEANING STRONGLY TO YES Michael F. Flaherty At-Large 617-635-4205 Michael.F.Flaherty@boston.gov All of Boston [&hellip

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Fatal flaws in Just Cause Eviction proposal

Based on oral testimony and written comments by Stuart Schrier, Boston landlord attorney of 35 years, who has done 5,000 evictions. Additional comments by Skip Schloming  The Just Cause Eviction proposal being debated in Boston consists of two essential parts, both of which are fatally flawed: (1) a requirement that landlords send all eviction and [&hellip

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Boston Council drops compromise, votes to keep controversial ordinance

Boston Globe’s scathing report on negligent landlords stops compromise effort For several weeks before the final decision on inspections, Boston City Councilors and Mayor Martin Walsh were negotiating on a new inspection ordinance, one to replace the existing ordinance. The new ordinance would have been very close to one of SPOA’s two recommended inspection options. [&hellip

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