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Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability

Click here to read how the disastrous landlord-tenant laws we have in Massachusetts all tend to push rents up. Included is commentary on new laws being proposed.

Don’t have time to read the entire document? Then read the 5-page opening … Read More “Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability”

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Tenant right to counsel: A fast way to crush small landlords

 A major push is being made nationwide for a “right to counsel” for indigent tenants – in other words, free lawyers for poor tenants – along with a nationwide push for more taxpayer-funded “affordable housing.” These two government programs … Read More “Tenant right to counsel: A fast way to crush small landlords”

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Reduces supply, increases market rents

In the long run, rent control pushes rents up and harms neighborhoods (Read article.)

https://web.stanford.edu/~diamondr/DMQ.pdf

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Pushes rents up, harms neighborhoods

New research on rent control’s impact on tenants and the rental housing market (Read article.)

brookings.edu/research/what-does-economic-evidence-tell-us-about-the-effects-of-rent-control/

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How to deal with nonpayment (partial or full)

As landlords, we must realistically and compassionately accept partial or zero rent from needy households who have lost jobs due to the coronavirus crisis. At the same time, we must do as much as possible to get rent paid, in … Read More “How to deal with nonpayment (partial or full)”

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Landlords & tenants: Best responses to the coronavirus

In this very serious coronavirus crisis, we expect renter households to pay what rent they can afford. Those still working can likely pay their full rent. Others working part-time or receiving government benefits may be able to pay partial rent. … Read More “Landlords & tenants: Best responses to the coronavirus”

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