Monthly Archives: November 2019

“Little Communities”

A zoning proposal

In light of the density issue, we suggest limited re-zoning for these smaller units in existing housing, to create what we may call “little communities.” Rezoning for smaller units could be limited to along public transportation routes … Read More ““Little Communities””

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Free lawyers for tenants?

This great-sounding idea is totally wrong. Two bills at the State House would give “indigent” tenants free lawyers during evictions. 

When does eviction usually happen? 95% of evictions are for tenants not paying rent. First, that immediately qualifies them as … Read More “Free lawyers for tenants?”

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Small landlords: Efficient housing providers

Let’s compare the efficiency of housing providers. Small landlords, who provide roughly 75% of all rental housing in America, are the most efficient. Small landlords usually have full-time jobs with benefits. Their rental property is a part-time job for them. … Read More “Small landlords: Efficient housing providers”

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The rape of lower-income neighborhoods

Small landlords, as we have noted elsewhere, are efficient housing providers at all income levels because they do their own management and repairs without hired personnel and fancy offices, they usually have full-time jobs with benefits, they have older housing … Read More “The rape of lower-income neighborhoods”

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Did you buy your rental property after rent control ended?

Have you lived under rent control? 

Rent control in Massachusetts ended in 1994, thanks to SPOA. Many younger owners today have NO IDEA how rent control will change their relationship to tenants – once the local rent board takes over … Read More “Did you buy your rental property after rent control ended?”

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