• MassLandlords Crash Course in Landlording

    REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley

    Learn everything you need to succeed as an owner or manager of residential rental property in Massachusetts. This fast-paced course is strictly limited to 16 participants to allow for detailed discussion and Q&A. Course tuition includes: Small group session with the Executive Director, a trained presenter and experienced landlord, and the Legislative Affairs Counsel, an attorney. A comprehensive agenda, see below. *Your choice of two books: -Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide by NOLO, -The Good Landlord by Peter Shapiro, -Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher, and/or -The Housing Manual by H. John Fisher. *A bound summary of all material presented. *Breakfast pastries, coffee, tea. *Lunch sandwiches, sodas, chips, cookies; all dietary requirements satisfied, please notify us when you purchase a ticket. *A MassLandlords ballpoint pen. *A coupon for 10% off any MassLandlords annual membership. *A MassLandlords certificate of completion and permission to use "MassLandlords Crash Course graduate" on your marketing material. Saturday, September 21st, 2019 Agenda -8:30 am - Introduction of MassLandlords and course participants -8:50 - Rental markets Urban, suburban, rural Luxury, college, professional, working, subsidized, rooming houses -9:05 - Property selection Lead paint (Legal highlight) Utilities Bones vs surfaces Amenities Repairs and renovations Durable vs beautiful What if I'm stuck with what I've got? -9:20 - Sales and marketing 101 for rental property managers Marketing rentals Sales process Staying organized Branding a small business Getting more or fewer calls Tips and tricks -10:05 - Break -10:15 - Applications and screening Criminal, credit, eviction Discrimination (legal highlight) Tenant Screening Workshop -11:10 - Rental Forms Lease vs Tenancy at Will iCORI Eviction notices -11:35 - Legal Matters start Late fees Security deposits Eviction process Move-and-store Water and electrical submetering Housing Court vs District Court Warranty of habitability Inspections Subsidies Rent control -12:00 - Break and Lunch, with free form Q&A -12:30 - Legal Matters finish -1:10 - Maintenance, hiring, and operations Keeping the rent roll and expenses Filing taxes To manage or not to mange Tenants as customers Notifying tenants Extermination Monitoring contractors Lease violations and conflict resolution Record keeping -1:50 - Overview of books and resources for further education -1:55 - Review of unanswered questions -2:05 - End *Location Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley 221 Industry Ave Springfield, MA 01104 *Food -Breakfast: Fresh bagels, large muffins, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake slices and scones with cream cheese, butter, and jam Fresh fruit platter Assorted fruit juices and coffee -Lunch: Assorted gourmet sandwiches Garden salad Fruit salad Assorted pastries Soda, juice, water *Please email [masked] if you have any dietary restrictions and need a special meal. *Pricing Online: -Non-members: $205 -Members: $195 (log in before you register or you will see the non-member price) Online registration required. All ticket sales final. Tickets at: MassLandlords.net/events

  • Repair and Renovation Laws and Regulations, How to Vet and Manage Contractors

    *Part I: Repair and Renovation Laws and Regulations -We'll be reviewing Massachusetts laws on residential repair and construction. We'll cover which trades require being licensed, which kinds of contractors must be registered, and we'll cover permits and inspections. The goal is to give owners and managers knowledge to identify contractors who operate by the book, or a roadmap to become licensed in your own right. As landlords we must remain compliant at all times with the sanitary code and Chapter 93A the consumer protection statute. Improperly done work will land us in hot water with our renters. *Part II: How to Vet and Manage Contractors -In this part of the meeting we'll be talking about best practices for jobs big and small. Can you screen a contractor like you can a renter, knowing that the person you do business with is not going to take your money and run? How can you get a contractor to show up each day? What do you need to do to protect yourself against delays, cost overruns, or bad decisions? How do you manage access to the premises, surprises, bidding, and subs? This will be a moderated discussion. These presentations and discussions will be given by MassLandlords volunteers and staff. *Have you seen our Leave Stuff, Take Stuff Table? Market your business, pick up handouts, give away an old doorknob. Everything goes on our first-come, first-served display table at all our events. Please bring business cards, brochures, coupons. And feel free to pick up your own uncollected marketing materials at the end. Everything not claimed end-of-event may be chucked. *"No Sales Pitch" Guarantee MassLandlords offers attendees of directly managed events a "No Sales Pitch" guarantee. If a guest speaker offers services, their presentation will not discuss pricing, promotions, or reasons why you should hire them. We do not permit speakers to pay for or sponsor events. Guest speakers are chosen for their expertise and willingness to present helpful educational content. Your purchase of an event ticket sustains our nonprofit model. *Wednesday, October 9th Meeting Agenda -5:30pm Sign-in/Networking Networking draws from Worcester, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Auburn, Leicester, Paxton, Holden, West Boylston, Boylston, Grafton, Upton, Northbridge, Sutton, Oxford, Charlton, Spencer, Oakham, Rutland, Princeton, Clinton, and Sterling. -6:15pm Buffet Dinner by The Vintage Grille -6:40pm MassLandlords Business Update and Member Minutes Member Minutes - Any member can have the mic for 60 seconds (introduce yourself, ask a question, share words of wisdom, etc.) -7:00pm Rich Merlino Meeting Introduction -7:05pm Repair and Renovation Laws and Regulations -7:45pm How to Vet and Manage Contractors -9:00pm Doors close *Location Worcester Technical High School 1 Skyline Dr Worcester, MA 01603 *Parking There is ample free parking in the first lot you see, in the covered garage to your left, on top of the garage (entrance further down road), and around the back of the school *Food Cheese and crackers, sodas, water, coffee, decaf Hot buffet dinner, incl. salad, rolls Cookies, brownies, and/or blondies *Dietary restrictions: purchase an early-bird ticket and email [masked], we will accommodate you. *Pricing Open to the public. Membership is not required! -Door: Public: $24 Members: $19 -Early-bird, reserve seven days prior by 12pm: Public: $22 Members: $14 Premium Members: No charge and no need to register *Extra Credit -First time attendees: Join as a member before leaving the event, your public ticket will be credited toward membership. -Members: Bring a first-time attendee who joins at the event, your membership will be extended by one month free. No limit. Tickets at: MassLandlords.net/events

  • Associate Justice Jonathan Kane

    Twin Hills Country Club

    Associate Justice Jonathan Kane was sworn in to the Western Division Housing Court on August 9, 2019. We will give a warm welcome to Judge Kane, learn about his approach to landlord-tenant law, and share our perspectives on how the court can continue to serve all the residents of our Commonwealth, especially in the west. Judge Kane will be accompanied by Clerk Magistrate Doherty, whom we welcomed earlier this year. The Clerk Magistrate will answer any remaining or additional questions from last time. "No Sales Pitch" Guarantee MassLandlords offers attendees of directly managed events a "No Sales Pitch" guarantee. If a guest speaker offers services, their presentation will not discuss pricing, promotions, or reasons why you should hire them. We do not permit speakers to pay for or sponsor events. Guest speakers are chosen for their expertise and willingness to present helpful educational content. Your purchase of an event ticket sustains our nonprofit model. *Thursday, October 10th RHAGS Meeting Agenda -5:30pm Sign-in and Networking Cash bar Networking draws from Springfield, West Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Agawam, Southwick, Southampton, Easthampton, Northampton, Westhampton, Hadley, South Hadley, Granby, Amherst, Belchertown, Ware, Palmer, Warren, Monson, and Hampden. -6:00pm Buffet dinner -6:40pm State-wide Business Update and Member Minutes -7:00pm Local Updates -7:05pm Legal Update -7:10pm Associate Justice Jonathan Kane, Clerk Magistrate Michael Doherty -8:30pm Networking -9:00pm Doors Close *Location Twin Hills Country Club 700 Wolf Swamp Rd Longmeadow, MA 01106 *Food Hot buffet dinner, incl. salad and rolls Cash bar Hot Coffee & Tea Dessert *Dietary restrictions: purchase an early-bird ticket and update the goals/restrictions field in your profile, we will accommodate you. *Pricing Open to the public. Membership is not required! -Door: Public: $40 Members: $35 -Early bird, reserve seven days prior by 12pm: Public: $38 Members: $30 Nametags are printed for all early-bird tickets and premium members. *Extra Credit -First time attendees: Join as a member before leaving the event, your public ticket will be credited toward membership. -Members: Bring a first-time attendee who joins at the event, your membership will be extended by one month free. No limit.