CORONAVIRUS

Eviction Moratorium: SPOA’s letter to President Donald Trump

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Eviction Moratorium: SPOA’s letter to Governor Charlie Baker

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Small Property Owners News

In most states in America, eviction moratoriums have been imposed, lasting from a few weeks to three or four months or longer. Here in Massachusetts, the statewide eviction moratorium lasts four months plus 45 days after the COVID-19 emergency order … Read More “Small Property Owners News”

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Small Landlords and Coronavirus

Unfortunately, we landlords have been put in a difficult position, required to maintain our housing for our tenants but without income in many cases. Other businesses are forced to shut down, stopping their income but free to seek other income. … Read More “Small Landlords and Coronavirus”

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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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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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How to survive with less rental income

  • Reduce repairs as much as possible. Patch, don’t replace. 
  • Take precautions when you enter an apartment to do repairs. See below for precautions during the coronavirus crisis and possible long after it.
  • Do as many repairs yourself, if you can.
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How to enter units and do repairs safely

  • Only do emergency or urgent repairs
  • Ask or tell tenants to plan to be out of their apartment for two or three hours, until the repair is completed. Suggest they can stay in their, take a walk, or stay with
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How to disinfect an apartment prior to a move-in

To “open up” the rental housing market, besides restoring eviction procedures for those not paying what they can afford to pay, we also need to make sure that new tenants moving into an apartment can do so safely, ensuring they … Read More “How to disinfect an apartment prior to a move-in”

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