SPOA Newsletter September/October 2020 (11/12/2020) - Given the onslaught of political and economic issues affecting housing providers in 2020, we're making the September/October 2020 edition of the SPOA Newsletter -- a benefit of SPOA membership typically available to members only -- available to everyone who visits our website. Continue reading
Tenant right to counsel: Sounds nice. Destroys housing. (10/1/2020) - It’s all about stretching out nonpayment of rent as long as possible. It will destroy small landlords and low-rent housing.
Tenant right to counsel: A fast way to crush small landlords (9/8/2020) - A major push is being made nationwide for a “right to counsel” for indigent tenants along with a nationwide push for more taxpayer-funded “affordable housing.” These two government programs would crush many local small landlords and replace them with faraway corporate landlords. Continue reading
What is IOLTA? (12/13/2012) - The hidden tax system that funds legal services On a typical day, more than $5 billion sits in trust accounts opened by lawyers for their clients’ funds (for example, down payments on home purchases being held “in escrow”). That gigantic … Continue reading
U.S. Supreme Court says ’no’ to IOLTA (12/13/2012) - A major victory. In a major victory that could undercut funding for free lawyers for tenants, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the interest collected by attorneys on escrow accounts (called “IOLTA”) belongs to the attorneys’ clients, not … Continue reading
Boston’s United Way gave $583,479 to Greater Boston Legal Services. (12/13/2012) - United Way gave $583,749 in 1997 to Greater Boston Legal Services “Real estate industry” tops United Way donor list Greater Boston Legal Services got $583,749 from the Boston area United Way in fiscal 1997, according to regional United Way’s annual … Continue reading