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Past Legislative Success


MRHA is working hard to protect the rights of landlords in the State of Massachusetts.

Listed here are some of the past success.

 

Lead Paint Regulatory Restraint

 

MRHA held two major lead paint conferences in Springfield and Boston to share opinions of respected experts advocating some common sense abatement approaches, reason, and a rental property owners point of view, during the creation of lead poisoning prevention programs and de-leading laws and regulations. Among lead paint initiatives MRHA accomplished: draconian 7-day order to correct compliance time replaced with more attainable abatement timeframes, liquid encapsulant usage approval, abatement tax credits, strict liability property owner carve-outs, and pre-1978 building foundation landscape plantings saved.

 

Appointment to the Governors Advisory Committee for the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

 

Through our lobbying efforts to try to bring reason and common sense to de-leading regulations,

MRHA, under G.L. c. 111 §190, has a seat on the Governors Advisory Committee for the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. The committee shall advise the director on matters of policy; shall be consulted by the director prior to the issuance of rules and regulations; and shall perform such other duties as the director may request. The members of the advisory committee shall not be paid for their services, but they may be reimbursed for travel and other expenses necessary for the performance of their duties.

 

Repealing Rent Control, Question 9, 1994.

 

The Massachusetts Homeowners Coalition 1994 was the group responsible for the repeal of rent control in Massachusetts that was in effect in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.  MRHA and it’s affiliated associations were active members, along with other groups within the rental housing industry, that made up the Massachusetts Homeowners Coalition 1994 and successfully canvassed the state collecting signatures which allowed us to place question 9 on the ballot and get a statewide referendum ending rent control.

Read the text here: MGL Chapter 40P Section 4

 

Stopping Home Rule Petition for Rent control in Boston, 2002

 

MRHA through its local affiliates, along with many other groups within the rental housing industry, lobbied the Boston City Council who voted down the proposal stopping the return of rent control.

 

Stopping Home Rule Petition for Rent control in Cambridge, 2003

 

MRHA through its local affiliates, along with many other groups within the rental housing industry, again lobbied the City Council this time in Cambridge, who voted down the proposal stopping the return of rent control.

 

Stopping Home Rule Petition for Rent control in Boston, 2004

 

Once again, MRHA and its local affiliates, along with many other groups within the rental housing industry, again lobbied the Boston City Council this time calling it The Community Stabilization Act, who voted down the proposal stopping the return of rent control.  We hope the message has been received, that we will be ever vigilant against rent control as it is detrimental to housing in this state.  Not just rental housing…….all housing.  We hope this will finally be the end of rent control!

 

Member - Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Advisory Committee for the Strategic Plan to End Lead Poisoning by 2010

 

Role and Objectives of the Advisory Committee:

     Assist CLPPP with developing strategies to end lead poisoning by

     2010

     Generate ideas

     Strategize on innovative ways of working together

     Respect differences of opinion and broaden your own

     perspectives

     Compile a ranking of ideas based on cost, feasibility and impact

     Build a framework for CLPPP’s strategic plan

 

 

 An Act Authorizing Water Sub-Metering in Residential Tenancies

 

MRHA and its affiliated associations worked with many others during the 03’-04’ legislative session to help craft and make sure the end result, was a reasonable and fair law that would finally give landlords the right to allow their tenants to assume financial responsibility for their own water consumption through sub-metering.  MRHA worked with the Housing and Urban Development Committee, especially the Sub-Committee and it’s Chairman Rep. Paul Demakis and others including, Ed Shanahan of Shanahan & Assoc., Peter Shapiro of Just A Start Corp, GBREB, MAR, RHA, as well as tenant and tenant activists to help get this enacted into law.


You can read the full text of the law here:  MGL Chapter 186 Section 22