Landlord Resources

We’re obsessed with real estate and always keeping a close eye on housing and zoning law, policy and regulatory changes, industry trends, outlooks, and more. We love sharing resources, ideas and the occasional story to help inform your decisions. Need something specific? Reach out to us anytime – we’re here to support you!

Easy as 1, 2, 3

There are at least a few simple ways to avoid some common and potentially costly mistakes with your rental properties. ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ In that spirit, we recommend setting up automatic rental payments for you and your tenants, ensuring security deposits are handled properly, and staying on top of lease renewal dates. Time and again, we see how these simple steps can preserve our clients’ time, resources, and bottom line. Mitigating risk through easy-to-implement measures will always be a win!

Make Rent Collection Effortless With Automatic Rent Payments

Set it & forget it! Zrent offers true convenience for landlords and their tenants by streamlining the entire rent collection process. Automatic rental payments on the 1st of each month? Yes, please!

Near or Far, Open Compliant MA Security Deposit Accounts Online

Avoid costly missteps in the handling of tenant security deposits. ZDeposit, an online tool offered through Leader Bank, is designed to simplify & automate the opening and management of Massachusetts security deposit accounts.

Lease Renewals

At your request, we will notify you in advance of important dates, provide any insight or guidance for the upcoming term, and facilitate your tenant’s first renewal by delivering a fully executed copy of the new lease to all parties, free of charge.

Somerville Moves Forward with Rent Stabilization Process

The Somerville Times
November 22, 2023

Real Estate Market Outlook

By Dr. Lawrence Yun, Ph.D.
Chief Economist NAR
October 25, 2023

Absorption of New Multifamily Units Rises as Completions Near 100K in Second Quarter of 2023

Jesse Wade
National Association of Home Builders
November 28, 2023

Deleading Tax Credit Doubles to $3,000!

By Eric Weld
MassLandlords, Inc.
December 4, 2023

How a City Can Shrink While Prospering & What It Says About All Our Cities

By Matthew Yglesias
September 20, 2021

Rent or Buy?

By David Leonhardt
The New York Times
December 1, 2023

Security Deposits & Last Month's Rent

Learn how to manage specific prepayments like security deposits & last month’s rent in this guide.

Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation

Guide to Landlord & Tenant Rights

Landlords/tenant rights and responsibilities, as well as laws, regulations, and issues related to renting and leasing an apartment.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the Attorney General

Security Deposit Law

Massachusetts Security Deposit Law Explained Line by Line.

MassLandlords, Inc. 

2023 State Sanitary Code Changes Bring 10 New Requirements

By Kimberly Rau
MassLandlords, Inc. 

State Sanitary Code

105 CMR: Department of Public Health / CMR 105 410.000: Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation.

Department of Public Health
(State Sanitary Code, Chapter II)

Notice of Occupants' Legal Rights & Responsibilities

Starting May 12, 2023, landlords are required to provide new tenants with state-issued ‘Notice of Occupants’ Legal Rights and Responsibilities’ form.

Access & Download the Form Here

Lead Paint Discrimination Advisory

An advisory for tenants, landlords, and real estate professionals.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the Attorney General

Overview of MA Fair Housing Law

State and federal law prohibit discrimination in the sale and rental of housing by property owners, landlords, property managers, mortgage lenders, and real estate agents. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the Attorney General

Fair Housing Rights & Obligations

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), familial status, and disability. Access fair housing laws enforced by FHEO.

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

City of Somerville, Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

The City Solicitor briefly discusses the Council’s ability to ban landlords from passing realtor and real estate agent fees onto tenants. December 5, 2023

Coming Shifts: Rental Market Insights from Zillow’s Q3 2023 Webinar

Skylar Olsen, Zillow Chief Economist & Manny Garcia, Zillow Sr. Population Scientist. November 29, 2023

City of Somerville, Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

The Mayor requests that this Council approve a home rule petition to request authorization for rent stabilization.
November 28, 2023

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