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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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Boston’s mandatory inspections ordinance will kick out poorer tenants & gentrify lower-income neighborhoods

Boston’s controversial rental registration and inspection ordinance will gentrify its lower-income neighborhoods. Cash-strapped owners will not be eligible for loans. They will be forced to sell cheap, go into bankruptcy, or simply abandon their buildings. Here’s why. NO FINANCING IS AVAILABLE    Banks will not lend money to cash-strapped owners who want to repair their non-owner-occupied [&hellip

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Attacks landlord with frying pan

February 2008 One serious problem with our state’s rent withholding law is that it causes fierce, vicious fights between landlords and their tenants. On top of that, since the law stops the eviction process, it often forces these fighting landlords and tenants to live in close proximity to each other. That can escalate the fighting [&hellip

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Here you will find some of the many eviction horror stories we have profiled in the SPOA Newsletter over the years. They all involve the “free rent trick.” Click on the “Eviction issues” tab to read about the general legal and political landscape around evictions in Massachusetts

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Here we discuss the issues involved in evictions in Massachusetts, which are often similar to other parts of the country. Click on the “Eviction horror stories” tab to read actual cases from the dozens of horror stories we have reported over the years. It’s all the “free rent trick,” and many tenants know how to [&hellip

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