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Somerville

What is the new Condominium Conversion Ordinance (CCO)?

A tried and true Somerville, MA political move is to publish something damning on the weekend before the election, so that the target of the slander doesn’t have time to get a rebuttal out. It’s tried and true, and it was tried again this year. But.It.Didn’t.Work. The current City Council was reelected in its entirety.

By |2019-11-20T12:31:12-05:00November 20th, 2019|Categories: condo issues|Tags: , , , , , |

The end of bidding wars?

The Boston Globe published an article about the possibility of a slow-down in local real estate. “... houses are taking longer to sell, and when they do, they’re more likely to sell below listing price than they did a year ago. Also, the number of homes on the market, particularly condominiums, is up. The market

Condo Conversion in Two-Family and Three-Family Housing

From a buyer’s perspective, the Somerville Condo Ordinance changes are a win. For renters, it is a major victory. I discussed these changes in last week’s blog post. The ink wasn’t dry on the Ordinance when the backlash began. Owners in Somerville received calls and letters urging them to sell now, before the new ordinance

By |2019-08-20T12:18:02-04:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: condo issues|Tags: , , |

Welcome, Condo Conversion Ordinance

Two-family house Condos for sale Everyone knows what condo conversion is, right? It’s when an owner changes a multi-unit building from a one-owner property to condominiums deeded by multiple owners. Typically, this would be taking an apartment building and selling off each unit, separately, as condos.  In Somerville -- the land

By |2019-08-01T11:25:07-04:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: condo issues|Tags: , , |

Affordable Housing and Your Vote

Affordable housing is the issue in this year’s Somerville municipal election. Please vote on November 7 for candidates you think we can work with to make headway on housing. Know what your candidate intends to do about it. Every Alderman and the Mayor must be held accountable in 2018 to make affordable housing a possibility

By |2017-11-17T15:34:46-05:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Living Local|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 |2017-11-17T15:37:18-05:00October 25th, 2017|Categories: Legal questions, Living Local|Tags: , , , |