Eviction Issues

“Just Cause Eviction” = unjust RENT CONTROL (1/2/2017) - Just Cause Eviction = unjust RENT FREEZE  “Marriage with no divorce clause” Who would be affected by Just Cause Eviction? Many small property owners in Boston make a part-time or full-time living and feed their family with a small collection of rental … Continue reading
Fatal flaws in Just Cause Eviction proposal (11/1/2016) - Based on oral testimony and written comments by Stuart Schrier, Boston landlord attorney of 35 years, who has done 5,000 evictions. Additional comments by Skip Schloming  The Just Cause Eviction proposal being debated in Boston consists of two essential parts, … Continue reading
Are landlord-tenant laws creating SLUMS? (6/24/2013) - Housing inspectors tell their experiences We did not go to the inner city. We visited small towns in the countryside. We interviewed local housing inspectors. Every day they go into many homes. Usually it’s the worst housing around. What turns … Continue reading
Here is Your Ticket to FREE Rent (6/24/2013) - A simple electrical cover plate is your ticket to free rent. It’s just like the ones in your apartment.   INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF COVER PLATE 1. Simply unscrew one of the electrical cover plates in your apartment from the … Continue reading
About this page (1/7/2013) - Here we discuss the issues involved in evictions in Massachusetts, which are often similar to other parts of the country. Click on the “Eviction horror stories” tab to read actual cases from the dozens of horror stories we have reported … Continue reading
A T T E N T I O N: Here is your ticket to free rent (1/5/2013) - A simple electrical cover plate is your ticket to free rent. It’s just like the ones in your apartment. INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF COVER PLATE 1. Simply unscrew one of the electrical cover plates in your apartment from the wall. … Continue reading
Code violations cited in free rent trick (1/4/2013) - Below is a list of code violations cited against landlords on behalf of tenants playing the free rent trick, showing how minor the violations are. Only a few are serious ones. None of them justifies not paying the entire rent. … Continue reading
Are landlord-tenant laws creating SLUMS? (1/4/2013) - The state and our cities and our towns spend millions paying housing inspectors to keep housing in good shape. And then the state cuts off their legs — by encouraging rent withholding that makes it impossible to improve (or even … Continue reading
Rent escrowing is constitutional (1/3/2013) - Here are selected quotations from the U.S. Supreme Court in its ruling that rent escrowing is constitutional. We see no constitutional barrier to [the State’’s] insistence that the tenant provide for accruing rent pending judicial settlement of his disputes with … Continue reading
How a rent escrow law would improve the supply of low-income housing (12/13/2012) - Nonpayment of rent is clearly a more frequent problem among poor people. Their lower income also limits how much rent they can pay. So lower-income neighborhoods have lower rents to start with and more problems with tenants being able to … Continue reading