Legal questions

Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rentals have their place as a way to make money in real estate. Like any other new business model, it functions like the Wild West. Some people make a fortune. Some of those people do a good business. Some use the loosened regulation as a way to rent poor-quality spaces and avoid taxes. When

By |2019-01-18T12:39:49-04:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Legal questions, Living Local|

Snow shoveling. The law.

Snow season! Here we go. As a real estate agent, I get asked about who is responsible to shovel -- the landlord or the tenant? Since that's a legal question, I depend on Attorney Richard Vetstein for accurate legal answers to general legal questions. He keeps an eye on legal changes that affect homeowners. Here

By |2018-01-07T13:14:59-04:00January 10th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Legal questions, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Home Rule Petitions for Affordable Housing

Boston and Somerville have both sent home rule petitions to the State Legislature that have been written to assist tenants in properties that are being sold for development. Boston’s involves increasing the amount of notice that tenants get, if their leases are not going to be renewed. It requires landlord sellers to report their sales,

By |2017-11-17T15:37:18-04:00October 25th, 2017|Categories: Legal questions, Living Local|Tags: , , , |

Don’t Give Up Your Rights

Here’s how James Morrison at Banker and Tradesman reported on Dave Twombly, my favorite agent of the week (wink!) Buyers Need Protection Just down Mass. Ave. at 4 Buyers Real Estate, also in Cambridge, the exclusive buyer agents tell the buyers they work with that home inspection contingencies are a must, according to agent Dave

By |2017-08-18T21:55:29-04:00August 23rd, 2017|Categories: buying process, Dave, Legal questions, Negotiating|

When can the landlord come in?

Where is the line between taking care of the property and leaving the tenants alone? One of the sore-points for tenants is that some landlords are not respectful of the tenant’s right to “quiet enjoyment” of their space. A landlord may come in too frequently, may not give notice, and may not cooperate to enter

Snow shoveling — who is required to do it?

Winter. Yes, the days are short now. Soon we'll see (and be shoveling) snow. Will we see white stuff like last year, or the year before? I get asked questions about snow removal, as a real estate agent. Since they are legal questions, I depend on Attorney Richard Vetstein for accurate legal answers to general

Seller’s Statement of Property Condition. Advice for Buyers

Seller’s Statement of Property Condition is a standard form. As a buyer, you may see this 8-page form at an open house. It’ll be on the table with a big “DO NOT REMOVE” written across the top. If you like a house and are considering making an offer, you should be reviewing this paperwork before

Should houses be required to have an energy audit before being put on the market?

Senator Downing of Massachusetts sponsored a bill requiring that home owners have a free energy audit of their house before putting it on the market for sale. The results of that audit are to be disclosed to potential home buyers. The rate of auditing shall be tracked. A rating system shall be developed. I think

By |2016-12-28T14:01:05-04:00August 19th, 2015|Categories: Energy efficiency, Legal questions|Tags: , , , , |

Bad advice that could cost my client $30,000

A new client sent us an email asking about his pre-approval: Hi Rona and Dave, Here is our pre-approval letter from _______ Bank.  I had (the loan originator)write it up for $---k with 30% down.  We can adjust it as we see it. His suggestion was to put 30% down in the letter to make