Monthly Archives: January 2013

Are landlord-tenant laws creating SLUMS?

The state and our cities and our towns spend millions paying housing inspectors to keep housing in good shape. And then the state cuts off their legs — by encouraging rent withholding that makes it impossible to improve (or even … Read More “Are landlord-tenant laws creating SLUMS?”

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Rent escrowing is constitutional

Here are selected quotations from the U.S. Supreme Court in its ruling that rent escrowing is constitutional.

We see no constitutional barrier to [the State’’s] insistence that the tenant provide for accruing rent pending judicial settlement of his disputes with Read More “Rent escrowing is constitutional”

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Discrimination and some ways to avoid it

1343288_clapper_for_doorAccording to law, a landlord is not allowed to discriminate against people because of their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, children, past involvement in a discrimination complaint, veteran status, or status as … Read More “Discrimination and some ways to avoid it”

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Ten worst mistakes a landlord can make

721156_a_finger_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 … Read More “Ten worst mistakes a landlord can make”

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Landlord fined for not controlling racially charged tenant fight

1343288_clapper_for_door Case goes to MCAD and AG

June 2012

 Part I:

The story

The Massachusetts Attorney Gen­eral (AG) found a Worcester landlord guilty and fined him for racial dis­crimination because he “failed to stop” racial harassment between two neigh­boring tenants, one … Read More “Landlord fined for not controlling racially charged tenant fight”

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