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Rental Basics in Boston : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Apr 5, 2013
Rafael Hernandez answered:
Most of parking in Mission Hill is usually by permit and depending on exact location you may opt to renting an off street parking so you are not circling around at night or during a snow emergency looking for parking. ... more
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
gloria cirolo answered:
Hi Luke, yes you do have issues especially finding a ton of nails in the back yard.
I would put it all in writing, and send to the landlord/property management company.
Also make certain you keep a copy for your records. If you have lease please read it
through and you will see that these matters need to remedied. I wish you the best!
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Mon Jul 7, 2014
Mario Pavli answered:
Just your I-20 and a copy of the passport will do. Also bank statement from whoever will be paying for your apartment will need to show sufficient amount.

Best Of Luck.
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Tue Feb 26, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
Usually if a Realtor finds a renter a rental the landlord pays any commission.
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Louis Wolfson answered:
South Boston or Brookline would be wise choices
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
CH Naamad answered:
You get a lawyer or you deal with whatever got you an eviction notice in the first place.
Why did you get an eviction notice for? please specify.
Best regards,
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Tue Jan 29, 2013
John J. Dean Jr. answered:
Honestly is all depends on what you are looking for in your neighborhood. Each area of the city is very different. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, North End and South End all have their own personalities. I would explore each and see what fits you best.

You may also want to venture across the Charles River into Cambridge and Somerville.
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Mon Jan 28, 2013
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Mario Pavli answered:
It all depends on the actual unit and how desirable the area is. The rental market being the way it is, the prices are only increasing. If the renter is going to stay here for more than 1 year than they can sign a 1 year+ lease so the rent won't increase. Yet again it could be risky cause the market changes so it can potentially backfire too.

Best Of Luck
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Tue Jun 3, 2014
Norman Hodson answered:
This question can be answered from the information offered in your original Lease Agreement.
The Standard MAR/GBREB Lease Agreement gives Owners/Landlords the right to show (or have their Agents show) their units to contractors, appraisers or prospective renters with reasonable notice.
The MA Consumer Affairs website also offers guidelines where Landlords should use reasonable efforts, including notice and minimal disturbance to a Tenants before showings.

Bottom line, the Landlord has rights, but so do the Tenants. Strong communication between the parties can make this transition a bit easier.

Keep in mind that when a unit shows well and is kept clean & tidy, it will rent much quicker and Tenants will be disturbed much less frequently.

Kind Regards,


Norman D. Hodson
Direct Line: 617-861-3630
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Email: normanhodson@kw.com
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Keller Williams Realty
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607 Boylston Street, 5th floor, Boston, MA. 02116
Office: 617-542-0012 • Fax: 617-542-0016
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Mon Nov 19, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
This is not the place for legal advice, unfortunately.
Only lawyers can give legal advice.
You might be able to get your answer from a tenants' rights lawyer.

In general, a lease in MA usually contains a provision for reasonable notice.
Reasonable notice probably can be defined by a lawyer.
Unless they are suspecting you of something inappropriate, they should respect your privacy - in my opinion.

However, if you are not making the showing of your unit "reasonable" once they have given you "reasonable notice", they might fell that an intrusion is acceptable.
That does not make barging in any more correct than a tenant making it hard to access a unit.

Keep in mind, the landlord needs to keep the apartment rented.
This is their business, and the unit is part of their inventory.
If a tenant is affecting a landlords' ability to make a living, they might consider that unreasonable.

Keep in mind that a good reference from a past landlord is valuable.


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Sun Feb 22, 2015
Ted Duncan answered:
Very standard for security deposit.
It's the law in Mass.
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Tue Mar 8, 2016
Jennifer Litterio answered:
Not necessarily but if it's in the basement then yes you do
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Sun Sep 23, 2012
Lunatuna answered:
Charlestown is a very good option. It is walkable to downtown Boston and is convenient to all highways within a 5 minute drive. You didn;t say if you will be renting or buying. I have been a broker in Charlestown for nearly 30 years abnd would be happy to help you find a new home. ... more
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Tue Aug 7, 2012
Louis Wolfson answered:
Brookline, great area, great transportation and close enough to the city to enjoy everything.
Alot of condo's (vary prices) and limited homes which make prices on the higher end
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Fri Nov 9, 2012
Mathew Ames answered:
It depends on which part of the South End you are referring to. On the south side of Mass Ave, I would say its not that bad. On the other side? Bring your armor and prepare for a battle for the 1 spot available. Also, be sure to fill the tank as you will be going up and down each block waiting for the joy in seeing someone entering their car, hitting the reverse lights and pulling out. ... more
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Kevin McDermott answered:
Hi August,

There's a high concentration of students around Boston University in Allston and Boston College in Brighton. Not many in Charlestown, South Boston, Back Bay, South End or Waterfront. When you say Boston, I don't know if you're including the towns close by, like Cambridge and Somerville, which have a lot of students (Harvard, MIT, Tufts etc.) but don't really have any neighborhoods that are dominated by them. Depending on your price range, school and commuting needs there are many good options to consider in the close-in suburbs- as mentioned before, Cambridge, Somerville, but others like Arlington, Watertown, Brookline and Newton.

I'm sure you'll get many offers of assistance, but I'd be happy to help in any way I can.

Good luck with your move!
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