Sunday, May 31, 2020

Tenant Rules!

ATTENTION to all Premier’s current and future tenants! We all need to adhere to the following rules to ensure the proper functioning of the building’s drainage system.

Please note that the main plumbing pipes in most of our buildings are cast iron and foreign objects included but not limited to the list below are prohibited from being flushed down the toilets or washed down the sinks. Please keep in mind that tenants are responsible for all issues that are caused by tenant failure to comply with the before mentioned policy. Please be responsible with what both you and your guests are putting down the sinks and toilets. Please familiarize yourself with the below list.

What NOT to Flush Down the Toilet:

1. Feminine Products
Tampons and other feminine hygiene products are not supposed to be flushed down the toilet.

2. Cooking Grease/Food
Grease should never be poured down any drain, period. It may look like a liquid that can easily be dumped down a drain, but when it cools, it will congeal and clog up your pipes. Collect your grease in a glass jar and throw it in the trash, or save the grease and reuse it, especially bacon grease.

3. Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes/Cleaning Pads
Wipes are also increasingly causing clogs and backups in sewage pipes across the country. Although some of these brands might say they are flush-able on the box, there are groups that are revising the guidelines, so soon all wet wipes will have a noticeable DO NOT FLUSH symbol on the packaging. If you must use these, throw them away in the trash can.

4. Dental Floss
Floss is not biodegradable and can cause serious clogs and environmental damage.

5. Q-tips/Cotton Balls
You might think that cotton will break down, since some toilet paper is made from cotton linen (Cottonelle/Cottonsoft), but they don’t! They will clump together, causing stoppages at bends in the pipes.

6. Diapers
Just because there is human waste inside does not mean that they are OK to flush.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

What to Know About Renting in Boston Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Boston area was already a tough and competitive rental market to navigate, now the Coronavirus has added another layer of difficulty. Firstly, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, competition and prices have remained steady for Boston’s real estate market. Below are some answers to common questions Boston renters have been asking during this time. 

What happens if I have an issue with my apartment, such as something breaking or I need an urgent repair?

Luckily, Boston Governor Charlie Baker listed property managers as essential workers who are allowed to conduct business with safety precautions during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities are considered essential workers. 

Therefore, if you have a problem with your apartment you can contact your landlord about an urgent repair or issue such as infestation or broken heat. In fact, it’s your right under state law to expect such fixes. Thus, you should feel free and comfortable to reach out to your property’s owner about any necessary repairs.

I can’t make rent May 1. Will I be evicted?

No. As of April 20, there is a moratorium in place in Massachusetts which pauses all non-emergency eviction proceedings. The moratorium lasts 120 days from April 20 or 45 days from the lifting of Gov. Charlie Baker’s emergency declaration due to the pandemic, whichever comes first.

Furthermore, the national government introduced the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package titled the CARES Act. The CARES Act includes a 120-day moratorium on most evictions at properties that receive federal subsidies or that federal entities insure. The moratorium protects these tenants from new eviction actions for nonpayment of rent and from fees related to such nonpayment.

However, this doesn’t protect against eviction proceedings in progress before President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act on March 27. 

Can my landlord still raise the rent? 

Yes. That is the way the rental market works, amidst a health pandemic or not.  Massachusetts landlords, however, must provide written notices of any rent increase ahead of a lease ending, and tenants must have time to consider and to sign into agreement any increase. The rent cannot go up during a lease, either. 

Furthermore, tenants do not have a right to a lease renewal or other extension, amidst the coronavirus or not. Landlords hold the right to raise rent for pretty much any reason at the end of a lease (except in retaliation for taking action because of a lack of repairs or other rights violations). Additionally, there is no rent control in Massachusetts (as of right now).