Landlord Groups Plead with Baker to Stop Jobs Bill

Massachusetts’ small-landlord trade groups have launched a push calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to reject the omnibus economic development bill passed in the early hours of Wednesday morning over provisions that would grant apartment tenants the right of first refusal if a landlord sought to sell the building.

Landlords Claim Exclusion From Code Conversation

Proposed changes to the Massachusetts Sanitary Code have local landlords running hot. They claim they were not consulted prior to the announcement of those changes, and that the changes are unclear and an unfair burden on rental property owners. Few people are familiar with the significance or contents of the state sanitary code, but a single violation of this code entitles tenants to withhold rent from landlords until the violation has been remedied.