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Rentals in Brookline : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 21, 2017
Sarah Lysogorski answered:
I agree. I think this is entirely mis-categorized and I would label it personally as "Lowest" having lived in the area for a while.
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Fri May 9, 2014
Steven D. Smith answered:
Typically in this market the tenant is paying the entire fee. Except in rare cases...
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Sat Oct 12, 2013
Perrystokes786 answered:
Wherever you go, Mr. Silverston,
stay away from Juniper Trust Condominiums !!(Located on Juniper street in Brookline,MA 02445)
I have lived here for over 35 years!! There are actual low income apartments, directly across the street where these units are located, I have seen drugs sold in broad daylight, Suspicious, Nefarious characters, attempting to break into resident's car, unsafe parking area especially at night!! (because criminals know that there are no security cameras watching any of the parking areas throughout our complex!!) And Brookline police are very poor response time!!


Also, if you have the misfortune of renting anything on the 2nd,3rd ,4th or 5th floors....There are no elevators, so if you were to break your leg or are confined to a wheel chair, you are out of luck!! Because there are no handicap accessible ramps!! No central air conditioning(Which means, You will fry during the early spring and summer months, unless you buy a air conditioning unit of your own!! And freeze during the winters...Because the windows are drafty and all units are poorly insulated!!) These apartments are very expensive & have costly condominium fees, usually passed onto the renters.

There are also very greedy owners, that charge outrageous amounts of rent to the families, parents and sometimes directly to poor college students!! These unit are basically low income apartments from the late 1960's , disguised as condominiums!?! The highlight of living here, is having access to public transportation, that's about it!! The trustee, do nothing about the flagrant problems of residents that secretly allow people to live with them. There are some owners that have 3-6 people living with them, in their tiny 2 bedroom units!! Storage rooms, are located in the basement near the laundry areas. They are usually cluttered and cramped full of trustee's family belongings, that do not even live here! The police in Brookline are so obsessed with writing parking tickets( Over $15 Million in revenue generated annually!! )They pretty much are useless!! They do not care about theft, violent attacks, vandalized vehicles, or drugs being sold right on Juniper Street or Brookline for that matter!!

I live on a fixed income and do not have the money to leave Juniper Street condos..Because if I did, I would have left this antiquated place years ago!! This place has become a dump and a money pit!!
Now it is just a place for "suckers from out of town" and "gullible college students" writing rent checks out of their poor parent's check books!!

Live here at your own risk!!!
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Sun Apr 7, 2013
Sharon Hogan answered:
There are several on the market and I have a 3 bedroom plus loft furnished rental home coming on the market next week for May 1. Please send me an email and we can discuss.

sharonehogan@gmail.com
Chobee Hoy Associates
Brookline, MA
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Fri Nov 16, 2012
Paul Phillips answered:
Please contact me with your criteria. We are rental experts in the area. paulp@citycentralre.com
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
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Mon Dec 5, 2011
Sam02135 answered:
Thanks again for your answers. Forgive me for posting a "question" but I'm really commenting and facts gathering to some of the posted answers.

It's true the challenge is to determine who is using the water in a multifamily home so the appropriate units are billed accordingly, but what happens in condo units? What law is there to "make" condo owners pay ONLY their usage? There is no law, but the Master Deed and it is based on the unit size and not who owns (same as the occupant at times) the condo. So in fact, the excuse from the lawmakers is baseless, they're simply protecting the end user (tenants in this case) and not the home owner where the later has to jump through hoops to comply with the law.

In stead of going to a lawyer and pay through the nose, I have gone to the court house and asked directly to the housing court/clerk.

One person that answered the question stated that in their community, owners are allowed to only pass along the charges that's above the normal quarterly bill. I'm assuming after the requirements of separate meters and costly "so forths". But it appears this city ordinance put further restrictions on the real estate tax payers, is that legal? I'm not sure anyone can answer that question unless you're a seasoned lawyer. I will go into Housing Court to find that answer, but it appears it is legit since this ordinance has not been challenged (nor really care by the house owner because WE simply raise rent and the heck with these law makers).

Thanks again all for answering.. tired of double dipping lawyers... I'll post what legal answers that I have found as a first amendment right so I will "not get in trouble" in practicing law without a license .. ;).
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