Political Risk Archive

Right of First Refusal Affordable Housing Challenge

Here is an open challenge to the good residents and property owners of the cities of Boston, Somerville and Cambridge Massachusetts. If you feel that establishing a right of first refusal is a good way to ensure affordable housing opportunities then please consider encumbering your own property by having your lawyer write up some variation [&hellip

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Tenant Right of First Refusal Research Links

Also known under acronyms such as TOPA, a tenant opportunity to purchase an apartment, or TROFR (tenant right of first refusal) is a legislated mandate generally intended to, over time, take ownership of housing out of the private market and push it toward favored non-profit governmentally supported corporations; These non-profits and associated organizations lobby lawmakers [&hellip

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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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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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