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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The density issue

Unused spaces in basements, attics, and garages are widely available for smaller units, as are large apartments that can be subdivided. The potential new supply of smaller units, then, is very large and could increase population density far more than … Read More “The density issue”

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The fire sprinkler issue

A major obstacle is a costly requirement to install fire sprinklers in all units when a fourth unit is added. Fire sprinklers save lives and property. Every new unit adds a stove and furnace, both fire sources. The requirement is … Read More “The fire sprinkler issue”

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The fashionable trend to smaller units

We at SPOA have been aware for many years of “naturally affordable” smaller units, lumped together as “accessory dwelling units.” Recently, the idea of “micro-units” has gained attention. They are very small, compact units, cheaper but relatively costly as new … Read More “The fashionable trend to smaller units”

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