in order to be considered a bedroom it has to have two means of egress. Either two doors or a window that can be no more than 44 inches from the floor, it needs at least 5.7 square feet for the opening, and it must measure no less than 24 inches high and 20 inches wide... more
We are in the same situation. We were aware we had yet to receive the notice, we let it go and took it for granted. I started to look into the security deposit law and a landlord is required to give you notice of the interest baring account where your security is deposited within 30 days. Since I've been asking for the notice, he's been avoiding, until today when he said I would have to fill out a W-9 and that he never even deposited our security! FYI (for NJ, but I'm sure MA in some form as well). The law states that I'm able to now send a certified letter stating that I can apply the security deposit to my current rent if I decide to do so. My only question now is, shouldn't this have been advised by our real estate agent and even if we failed to sign a W-9, he still broke the law (question mark doesn't work on my keyboard) lol
I also had someone try to scam me with 2 listings - they go by the name of Cath Cassady and say they are out of state, etc., etc. I found the realtor who is really dealing with the property (for twice the price that Cath Cassady claims her "very nice family" is renting it out for. I asked how she got my email and he said she probably copied a real ad on Trulia and then set it up as her own, so that she received the contact info. Beware - if it sounds too good to be true it probably is - esp. if they claim to be dealing from a distance!... more
Unfortunately there are scams on Trulia as well as many other sites such as Craig's List. When in doubt, check it out VERY CAREFULLY. If your gut is telling you something is wrong, then there's a good chance that it is. If you are looking for a rental, you may want to use a Realtor. A Realtor will have access to legitimate rentals and the can focus on what you are looking for.
Remember to FLAG and report scams to Trulia.... more
Mindy, are you working with an agent in Brookline currently? Your best bet is to work with a local Realtor. We're in Longmeadow, but have brokerages out your way. If you like we can recommend a local agent for you.... more
Ask the landlord if they will renew the lease or take you month to month. Once your lease is up, it may revert to month to month or the landlord can give you notice to leave. Read the landlord Tenant Law for MA to make sure you understand your options, but ask the landlord what they want.... more
Each state is different and each real estate company is too.. best to call and see what they charge if anything since its a rental. We charge the landlord for helping them rent the home, and charge nothing to the tents for helping them.
They normally require 1st month rent up front then 2 months security deposit paid on signing of lease.
If you wan to make sure your protected hire a realtor that gets paid via the landlord only and they will make sure your protected via the laws in your state!
This is not a real estate company its a place to help people find homes that are for sale on the MLS... you need to contact your local real estate office and see if they can help you, also contact apartment complexes as they must have a certain % for low income housing.
Hope this helps!... more
It depends on what your traveling for and who the owner is. Students need an I-20 for the most part, but I've had ESL( English As a Second Language) students get approved just using their passport and and family funds documents. If you are coming to work in Boston from overseas, you will need a J-1 or another working Visa. The US has different agreements with many countries and depending on which visa you have could mean approval or rejection. If the owner is unfamiliar with the international relocation process, this is when having an experience and highly regarded real estate Broker comes in handy (hint hint). I specialize in assisting individuals relocating from abroad or just from another state.
Check out this link for for more information on Visa's
Please call or email me for help with renting in the Allston/Brighton and Brookline areas.
617-775-3074 / Sam.Proper88@gmail.com... more
MA does not require property managers to have a broker or sales person license. It may be a good idea to join property management groups and receive designations. This will help when marketing your business. Like Tina advised, determining the best type of entity to form is the first step in starting your business. Good luck!... more
It is common for landlords to require a full application that includes income, they will run a credit check & check past landlord references. In addition most require first month's rent, last month's rent and a one month security deposit. Often times a key fee is added as well and an application fee can be added (for each person). A sample application can be found on our website www.PSRRealEstate.com as well as a standard lease & addendum. Good luck!... more