Asbestos
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
This document gives important information for property owners regarding asbestos materials.  
 
Board of Registration
Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation
Information about the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons, its members, continuing education, and other topics.  It includes links to all relevant licensing laws and regulations as well as frequently asked questions.
 
Do-Not-Call Registry
Federal Communications Commission
This link provides general information about the national do-not-call registry, information about how to register or file a complaint, and a consumer factsheet about do-not-call rules.
 
Foreclosure
Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation
Foreclosure has become a national issue.  This webpage features a video from the Governor about foreclosure in Massachusetts, information about foreclosure prevention workshops, foreclosure laws and regulations, and information specifically for homeowners and tenants.
 
Attorney General of Massachusetts
This link provides information about loan modifications, new laws and regulations, foreclosure-related scams, and other related topics.
 
General
National Association of REALTORS®
The National website provides useful legal news and resources for REALTORS®
 
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
This useful reference has legal information organized by subject or source
 
Housing Issues
Attorney General of Massachusetts
Fair Housing can be a complicated issue, with both federal and state laws and regulations that must be observed.  This link provides information about what the laws say and law enforcement. Below is a link to the various MassHousing Fair Housing Handbooks on maintenance, accommodations, property management, and more.
 
 
U.S. Department of Justice
Information about ADA regulations, including questions and answers, information about enforcement, and a guide to disability rights laws, among other related resources.
 
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
This website provides links about common housing issues such as discrimination in housing, predatory lending, lead paint, and commercial space, among others.
 
Identity Theft
Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation
Businesses are legally obligated to take certain precautions against exposing consumers to potential identity theft.  This webpage includes frequently asked questions and information about identity theft laws and the updated regulations for 2010. 
 
Lead Paint & Poisoning
Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services/ Child Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
This website provides information about recalls, how lead affects the health of children, answers to frequently asked questions about the deleading process, and information about the Massachusetts Lead Law, among other related resources.
 
Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services/ Child Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
This page contains useful brochures and fact sheets on topics related to lead paint poisoning, such as deleading, pregnancy and lead poisoning, and information about lead specifically for tenants, property owners, and real estate agents.
 
National Association of REALTORS®
New lead paint renovation rules became effective April 22, 2010.  This guide contains information about the new rule, FAQs, and information specific to either property managers or real estate agents and brokers.  A video to explain the role of real estate agents under the new law is also included.
 
Mold
United States Environmental Protection Agency
This brochure from the EPA includes important information for homeowners about mold in a simple Q&A format.
 
Oil Heating
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
By September 30, 2011 all homeowners must have their heating systems upgraded to prevent leaks and costly cleanups.  This webpage provides more information on those upgrades, along with information about insurance policies.  It also includes a Q&A about the new law and pictures to show how tanks must be ugraded.
 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Underground heating oil tanks can leak and require costly cleanup.  It is recommended that homeowners take precautions by removing underground oil tanks before a leak occurs.  This website provides information and commonly asked questions about the removal process.  It is written in an easy to understand format with step by step instructions for tank removal.
 
Radon
Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services
Radon is a hazardous natural gas that can accumulate in houses and can go undetected because it is odorless, tasteless, and colorless.  This fact sheet provides answers to commonly asked questions about radon in homes and how to reduce exposure.
 
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
This webpage explains RESPA requirements and also has frequently asked questions and a webcast clarifying the new RESPA rules.
 
Registries of Deeds
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
This webpage provides information and links to all Registries of Deeds in Massachusetts along with information on the Homestead Law and how to access documents.
 
Rentals, Landlords & Tenants
Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation
Tenants and landlord are often unsure of rentals-related legal issues.  This webpage details the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, as well as information about eviction and renters insurance for college students.  These documents are essential reading for all new and would be landlords in Massachusetts.
 
Small Business
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
This website provides legal information for small businesses, including a legal guide for beginning or running a small business, legal forms necessary to begin or run a small business, and pertinent information such as tax deductions for home businesses.
 
  
Tax Questions
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
This IRS page helps determine eligibility for whether or not a gain from a house sale can be excluded from income.  This document is not intended to replace advice from a professional tax preparer but can help homeowners get a quick review of IRS rules.
 
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
This guide is helpful in preparing tax returns after selling your home.  It includes information on gains or losses, exclusion of gains, property used for business or rentals, and tax deductions, among other related topics.  This document is not intended to replace advice from a professional tax preparer but can help homeowners get a quick review of IRS rules.
   
Water Issues
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Title 5 is a regulation imposed to avoid any potentially hazard and improper disposal of wastewater.  This link provides information about Septic Systems and Title 5, including information about policies, maintenance, inspections, forms, and FAQs.
 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Contaminants in drinking water can cause serious health issues.  This link provides information about Private Wells, including FAQs about regulations, testing, and arsenic, as well as information about estimating yields, Board of Health regulations, contaminants, and information specifically for horse owners.