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It’s What We Do…

It’s What We Do…

I recently had the “pleasure” of testifying on behalf of the real estate industry against the so-called “Just Cause Eviction” ordinance. As I listened to the testimony (and catcalls from the gallery), I heard terms like “slumlord”...
It’s Time to Own Up

It’s Time to Own Up

On May 15, 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Court issued a ruling requiring summary process actions to be commenced only in the name of the “owner or lessor” of the property.  While previous cases were permitted to be commenced in the name of the managing agent, who...
No Harm, No Foul

No Harm, No Foul

A recent court decision has placed property owners on notice that, at least in the eyes of the law, the adage “no harm—no foul” does not always apply. The facts of the case were not in dispute. The property owner had a lease provision which required a...
Movin’ On Up

Movin’ On Up

Any landlord that has ever been involved in an eviction case knows that the ultimate goal of the case is to have the court issue the coveted “Execution for Possession”. This simple piece of paper has the magical power of authorizing a sheriff or constable to forcibly...