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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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“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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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’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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