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CLICK HERE Rent strikes: The “organizing” tactic of City Life/Vida Urbana

Tenant advocacy group City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) organized rent strikes against two elderly immigrant landlords (Rent Strike # 1) and an African immigrant landlord with a family of five (Rent Strike # 2). All or many of the tenants of these landlords stopped paying rent and demanded that the landlords stop all rent increases and [&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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thinking about news articles and studies from 2017

Thinking about the MIT Sloan School crime study of Cambridge, after the ending of rent control, and the continued negative impact of rent control on San Francisco, and the distortions and collusions involved in legislature mandated rights of first refusal. How does local crime against persons and property impact the institutions in our midst? Put [&hellip

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open letter to cambridge city council on HR3017 tenant right of first refusal

The Cambridge City Council might vote tonight in support of House Bill 3017 that gives away, for free, with no consideration at all, a right of first refusal to my property at NNN SomethingStreet, Cambridge MA. Before you do this, or especially after you have done so, I ask you to think about what price [&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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