• Open Houses Could Draw Out More Thieves

    September 1, 2023

    - By NAR Contributing Article

    This is a contributing article from REALTOR® Magazine At open houses, thieves disguised as home buyers may swipe jewelry, prescription drugs, and other valuables from homes, real estate pros warn in a recent article in The New York Times. Some experts are predicting open house thefts could get worse this spring, too. “People tend to pick up little things: frames, silver pieces, Limoges boxes,” said Harriet Norris, a real estate pro…
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  • FY24 Budget Supports Housing

    August 3, 2023

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    We’re pleased to share that the Legislature has passed a budget for fiscal year 2024. Here are some items for which we successfully advocated:  Crumbling concrete foundation prevention – Helping homeowners afflicted with crumbling concrete foundations was one of MAR’s priority issues for the 2023 REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill. The budget does that in two ways, by increasing funding for the state’s foundation testing program and, most importantly, creating…
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  • Rent Control Ballot Question Filed

    August 3, 2023

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On August 2nd, Massachusetts State Representative Mike Connolly announced his filing of an initiative petition on rent control. MAR has long anticipated and been preparing for this situation. The petition is the first step (of many) to getting a question on the ballot for the 2024 election. It requires only gathering ten signatures and filing language with the Attorney General’s office.   Process  Here’s what happens next:  The Attorney General will…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: August 2023

    August 1, 2023

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: A prospective tenant has poor credit and offered to pay the full year’s rent up front – is that allowed? A: No, rentals for 100 days or more are governed by Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 186, Sec. 15b, which prohibits a landlord from collecting any funds in excess of: First month’s rent, Last month’s rent, Security deposit not to exceed first month’s rent, and The cost to change the…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: July 2023

    June 30, 2023

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: A tenant provided the landlord with a document stating that their dog is a registered service animal. Is this legitimate? A: It is unlikely that this document will aid a tenant in obtaining a reasonable accommodation to allow for their dog. While many online sites offer certificates, licenses, or other registration documents stating that an animal is a service animal, no such registration, licensing, or certification process exists under…
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  • Forms Updates June 2023

    June 30, 2023

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Below are some important updates to the MassForms™ library. Be sure to confirm you are using the latest versions.*   Notice Regarding Certain Matters (#305)  The content of this form remains the same; however, the order of the items included was updated so that Fair Housing appears at the top of the list. This underscores the REALTOR® commitment to Fair Housing.  Condominium Addendum (#528)  MAR has added a new form to…
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  • 2023 MAR REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill Recap

    June 14, 2023

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    Thank you to the hundreds of REALTORS® from across the state who joined us on Monday, June 12th for REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill! A special thank you to Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll and Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities, Ed Augustus, for their remarks and support. Congratulations to Ron Rusin of Fall River for receiving the 2023 Private Property Rights Award. Housing drives community and REALTORS drive housing. Our…
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  • Senate FY24 Budget Update

    June 5, 2023

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On May 25th, the Senate passed their budget, on the heels of the House’s work in April. Read our post on the FY24 House budget and our Senate budget comments. Some key housing-related notes from the Senate’s FY24 budget:   Continued investment in housing assistance – following on the steps of the Governor, House, and recent history, the state has continued to backfill funding for key housing assistance programs that proved…
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  • Notes From the Legal Hotline: June 2023

    June 1, 2023

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    Q: What changes were recently made to the Sanitary Code? A: Following several delays, amendments to the Sanitary Code became effective on May 12, 2023. The tracked changes version of the new Code may be viewed here. While many of these changes are relatively minor in scope, REALTORS® working in the rental sphere will want to take particular note of the following amendments: Landlords will need to provide 48-hours’ notice…
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  • MAR Shares a Vision for Housing in Massachusetts

    May 31, 2023

    - By The MAR Legal Team

    On May 30th, Theresa Hatton, CEO of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® shared a comprehensive vision for a better state of housing in the Commonwealth. Here is a summary of her remarks: REALTORS® drive housing and communities. The current housing market presents incredible challenges with inventory at all-time lows and prices at all-time highs. Housing production via zoning relief is the key to solving our housing crisis. Without zoning relief,…
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