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Negative Impacts of Water Submetering Bill [H.5001] if enacted into law

BRIEF SUMMARY:

Water submetering would transfer water bills from owners to tenants through proportional billing according to actual submetered water usage.

Water conservation among the tenant population could reach 25% to 30% reduction in water usage – and save taxpayers … Read More “Negative Impacts of Water Submetering Bill [H.5001] if enacted into law”

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Governor signs water submetering bill – useless to small owners, and worse yet

Water submetering bill passes

Useless for small owners

Worse yet:  just-cause eviction & back-door rent control

On December 16, Governor Mitt Romney signed the Water Submet-ering bill into law, over the strenuous objections of SPOA, which was excluded from drafting … Read More “Governor signs water submetering bill – useless to small owners, and worse yet”

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New smoke detector requirements

Deadline: January 1, 2010

The Massachusetts State Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has approved new smoke detector rules that will go into effect on January 1, 2010, less than a year away. The new rules apply to pre-1975 properties, bringing … Read More “New smoke detector requirements”

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Medical marijuana passes, 63-37%

Big problem for landlords

November 2012    With a 63% to 37% vote on Ballot Question 3 in the recent election, medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, presenting yet new problems for landlords.

The ballot question authorizes the growing and distribution … Read More “Medical marijuana passes, 63-37%”

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Domestic violence bill would abuse small landlords

September 2009

A bill at the State Legislature to give “housing rights” to alleged victims of domestic violence would place impossible burdens on small landlords in particular. The bill – House Bill No. 1747 – would block eviction of any … Read More “Domestic violence bill would abuse small landlords”

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