Property Management Archive

Compromise in Boston would bring rent strikes

That’s no compromise By Skip Schloming, Campaign Coordinator against Rent Control A “compromise” proposal at the Boston City Council replaces Just Cause Eviction, the anti-landlord portion of the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act that would have required a “just cause” for any eviction. It seems dead at Boston City Council. It never garnered enough votes to [&hellip

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Massive Rewrite of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code

The Department of Public Health (DPH) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is in the process of doing a massive rewrite of the state sanitary code. In the interest of making documentation describing the proposed changes more accessible, the author has downloaded them from the DPH web site and then converted them to text and pdf [&hellip

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Ten worst mistakes a landlord can make

Owning rental property can be a rewarding part-time or full-time business for many families. It’s a tra­ditional way many American families have gotten ahead. We recommend it. We enjoy it. But watch out. If you don’t avoid the pitfalls, you can have some bad nightmares. What you don’t know can hurt you. Here are the [&hellip

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The new law – with important parts highlighted

Chapter 417 of the Acts of 2004 AN ACT AUTHORIZING WATER SUBMETERING IN RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: SECTION 1. Subsection (4) of section 15B of chapter 186 of the General Laws, as appearing in the [&hellip

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Negative Impacts of Water Submetering Bill [H.5001] if enacted into law

BRIEF SUMMARY: Water submetering would transfer water bills from owners to tenants through proportional billing according to actual submetered water usage. Water conservation among the tenant population could reach 25% to 30% reduction in water usage – and save taxpayers the huge costs of new water and sewage treatment plants in the future – but [&hellip

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