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DRAFT OF TENANT RIGHT TO PURCHASE

Here is a PDF of the Cambridge DRAFT OF TENANT RIGHT TO PURCHASE you can download right from the SPOA web site using the link. The document title on the Cambridge.gov web site is AN ACT TO PRESERVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE THROUGH A TENANT’S RIGHT TO

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How tenants are hurt by tenant right of first refusal laws

Subtitle: How TROFR/TOPA kills the accessory apartments and 2-family opportunities for tenants. At the Cambridge City Council meeting of February 26 2018, my two minutes of public testimony were spent warning about the unintended negative consequences of a tenant right of first refusal (TROFR/TOPA) home rule petition, and how it would hurt more tenants, and [&hellip

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Right of First Refusal Affordable Housing Challenge

Here is an open challenge to the good residents and property owners of the cities of Boston, Somerville and Cambridge Massachusetts. If you feel that establishing a right of first refusal is a good way to ensure affordable housing opportunities then please consider encumbering your own property by having your lawyer write up some variation [&hellip

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Tenant Right of First Refusal Research Links

Also known under acronyms such as TOPA, a tenant opportunity to purchase an apartment, or TROFR (tenant right of first refusal) is a legislated mandate generally intended to, over time, take ownership of housing out of the private market and push it toward favored non-profit governmentally supported corporations; These non-profits and associated organizations lobby lawmakers [&hellip

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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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