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These software apps help tenants manage Landlord problems.

Renters in New York are no different than Boston renters except they get less for their money.  This could be why volunteer software coders in New York  meet on a regular basis to make software apps for  tenants who have landlord problems.

One records renter problems with heat to help report bad landlords. https://heatseek.org/history/

Another one tracks buildings going through displacement. www.displacementalert.org

The app Who owns What helps tenants find exactly who owns buildings and rentable properties no matter how many LLC corporations the owners hide behind It does data science to compare common data between various public records.

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December 1 rolls in dozens of new affordable rental apartments to apply for.

Some can cover the rents for these affordable rental apartments and some cannot. But here’s the good news.  You’ll see rent rates and applications you need to apply with. There are brand new Studio and 1BR apartments that rent for $470 and $547 if you are homeless when you apply.

 The address is 206 West Broadway in South Boston – CLICK TO GET THE APPLICATION.

These units are on the radar of social service agencies and social workers. You must have someone certify you as homeless to get those rates.

Affordable units in the building rent for $1,094 to the non-homeless.  Double that figure to $2,200 or more if your income supports a market rate spend in that building.

CLICK THE LOTTERY INFO OR LOTTERY APPLICATION LINKS BELOW
MetroList entries

80 Rutherford – NEW THIS WEEK
480 Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129

  • Applications Available: December 5, 2018 – December 14, 2018
  • Application Deadline: December 21, 2018
  • Lottery Info

Liberty Tree Lofts – NEW THIS WEEK
630 Washington Street, Chinatown, MA 02111

  • Applications Available: December 5, 2018 – December 14, 2018
  • Application Deadline: December 21, 2018
  • Lottery Info

Warren House – NEW THIS WEEK
1600 Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465

  • Applications Available: November 26, 2018 – December 10, 2018 at 12:00
  • Application Deadline: December 10, 2018 at 4:00 PM
  • Lottery InfoLottery Application

SMOC Baker Street – NEW THIS WEEK
Baker Street, Foxborough, MA 01702

  • Applications Available: December 3, 2018 – January 4, 2019
  • Application Deadline: January 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • Rental Waitlist Reopening; Rental Waitlist Lottery Info

Sylvan – NEW THIS WEEK
114 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923

Riverview Meadows – NEW THIS WEEK
One Meadow Drive, Raynham, MA 02767

1943 DOT Ave
1943 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124

  • Applications Available: November 26, 2018 – December 10, 2018
  • Application Deadline: December 10, 2018
  • Lottery Info

 

WAITLIST – Click The Rental Info links for best results

Granite Lena Park Apartments – NEW THIS WEEK
754 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121

  • (2) 2 Bedroom – Rent Based on 30% Gross Income
  • Note: Income Restricted at 30% AMI
  • First Come, First Served; Available December 2018; Dorchester Rental Info

Douglass Park – NEW THIS WEEK
801 Tremont Street, South End, MA 02118

  • 1 Bedroom – $1,400
  • Income Restricted at 80% AMI
  • First Come, First Served; Available December 2018; South End Rental Info

Harborview at the Navy Yard – NEW THIS WEEK
250 First Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129

  • 2 Bedroom – $2,150
  • Income Restricted at 120% AMI 
  • First Come, First Served; Available Mid-December 2018; Charlestown Rental Info

Savin Hill Apartments
130 Auckland Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

  • 1 Bedroom – Rent Based on 30% Gross Income
  • 3 Bedroom – Rent Based on 30% Gross Income
  • Income Restricted at 50% AMI 
  • Note: Savin Hill Apartments is an elderly / disabled community. In order to qualify, an individual must be at least 62 years of age or older or a non-elderly person between the ages of 18 and 61 who is disabled. Both units are handicap accessible.
  • First Come, First Served; Available December 2018; Dorchester Rental Info
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THREADMARK on track to open after fire.

Threadmark to re-open soon after fire.  Here’s a look at the rental rates units at Threadmark will be going for when it re-opens after the fire.

Studio $515, $1030 and $1056.00 per month depending on your income.

1BR lottery rent rate is $552, $1104 or $1261.00 depending on income.

2BR lottery rent is $662, $1324 and $1,567 depending on income.

* Lottery rent rates only are being shown.
No other sizes are listed for lottery.

Thirty-five rent reduced apartments were offered by lottery.

INCOME LIMITS WERE:

Household size of 1 person with  income between $20,610 and $41,220 qualify for lottery.

Two person households with conbined Income between $23,550 and $47,100 qualify for lottery.

Three person households with combined income between $26,490 and $52,980 qualify to for lottery.

The sales sheet offers units to Household (HH) sizes of four  to six persons for  income steps from $29,430 to $68,280 at upper limits  by HH size.

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Create Space in Your Home by Getting Organized

Organize your space

by Julian Lane

Its the first day of autumn in New England. Start Now!

Does your home seem too small? That could be the case even if you live in a mansion, as that’s what happens when you’re not organized. Stuff just seems to spill out of the cupboards and closets and onto the floors and tables, making you wonder what happened to all those spare square feet you had when you moved in. You know exactly what the solution to this problem is, and yet getting everything in order seems so monumental that you don’t know where to begin. Here are a few suggestions that will make the whole thing quick and easy.

Purge Old Junk
Staying organized is impossible if you have too much stuff, so you need to get rid of some of it — for the sake of your own sanity. According to a writer with House Beautiful, cluttered environments overwhelm you and lead to stress, so there’s more at stake than just aesthetics. It’s not an easy task, though, so take it step by step and room by room, committing enough time to the process by saying “no” to distractions. The upside: You may be able to make some money by selling your undesirables at a yard sale.

Think Vertically
If you think there’s no more room, look up before you give up. Good Housekeeping has a few suggestions for using all that space from floor to ceiling, such as installing towel bars with hanging hooks on the wall in your kitchen, preferably near your stove or counter so you can reach for spoons, spatulas, and lids as you need them. Elsewhere, imagine a few anchors attached to the backs of doors with colorful tote bags where your kids can put their toys.

Expand Your Closets
Sure, you’re already using them, but probably not to the maximum. Your decluttering efforts have already freed up space previously taken up by clothes you haven’t worn in years, but there’s still work to be done. First, search for any extra cubbies and cases that you’re not using and use them to store shoes, books, and other items that don’t belong on your bedroom floor. Lastly, add another rod and more hangers to hang up whatever else you can.

Put Things in Storage
That sled does not belong in the closet in the middle of summer, and ditto for the surfboard when the snow is falling. If you have a basement or attic, use them. They are the perfect places for a number of bulky items, including holiday decorations and those pots and pans you only use when making a massive Thanksgiving dinner. Anything smaller can be put into labeled boxes so you can find them when you need them, but be sure not to include old photos or anything else that could be destroyed by excessive heat or humidity.

Divide Your Drawers
There’s more room in there than it seems, and some dividers will help you make the best use of it without spending any money as there’s a DIY solution. All you need is some cardboard, a box-cutter and a tape measure so everything fits into place. You need not be an expert handyman as the whole process simply involves cutting notches in the cardboard and fitting everything together to create divided cubby holes for better storage.

Shop Wisely
Once you’ve organized everything, don’t let it fall into chaos once more by spending money on stuff you don’t need that just take up space. In fact, Reader’s Digest has a
list of items that you should never buy for exactly this reason. Novelties and trendy clothes top the list, which should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, but there’s also fad cookware and dollar store items to say “no” to.

The takeaway is to use your brain when shopping or deal with the consequences. A place for everything, and everything in its place. That’s what you’ll get when you’re done with these efforts — and a bigger living space, or at least one that looks like it.

Image via Pexels

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Cigarette smokers want pot smoking banned in apartments and condos.

Even a licensed medical marijuana patient won’t get a break when apartment management and condo associations implement new rules against cannabis users.

The smell of pot smoke swirling around the building has pissed people off who don’t like it.

While most new luxury apartments ban all smokers, cigarette users have had freedom to smoke.

Now, condo associations are asking them to join a policy that allows tobacco and bans pot smoking from the premises.

Watch the sales of pot sniffing dog services, electronic smoke detectors installations and other evidence gathering techniques increase in volume as Massachusetts moves closer and closer to allowing retail stores to flourish.

While more than half of the 351 Massachusetts cities and town councils have voted to limit legalized cannabis retail shops from opening, City of Boston voted 8-1 in favor of legal retail street sales.

On the one hand, people want to be comfortable in their own home and smokers can make people uncomfortable. On the other hand people believe it is a violation of their constitutional rights to ban smoking of one kind while allowing another kind.

Growing marijuana plants at home are also a bone of contention at some residences.

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This elected Boston Councillor accepts help from people who believe the rent is too damn high!

Earlier this week, Smallwall Writer asked you to respond to an effort to restrict AirBnB apartment rental volume in the City of Boston. Then we wrote a letter to the movement leadership. ( Photo of small house adapted a Boston Globe article.)

We heard back a day after.

This is the letter we received.

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From Councilor Tim McCarthy

timothy.mccarthy@boston.gov

The issue of short term rentals is an incredibly complex issue that will have many years of positive or negative impacts on the City of Boston. I will continue to work with the administration and my colleagues in order to get a solid ordinance that addresses this issue.

I appreciate your email and your advocacy.

Tim McCarthy

District 5 City Councilor

Boston City Hall- 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02201

617-635-4210

@mccarthy4boston

What you see out your front door- is important to us!

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Send corporate AirBnB raiders this letter today. It helps put more rental apts back on the market.

a dollar for an idea

When a 170-unit apartment building opened. In Jamaica Plain, a corporation scooped up 24 units at full rent. They loaded in furniture and began renting to short-term users for $210 per day.

When a West coast city passed a rule banning this practice, thousands of apartments came back on the market overnight.

You can help stop the raids in Boston.

Email the letter below

to: citycouncilstr@adco.boston

Adco Boston is the campaign

to stop corporate AirBnB

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TO: Boston City Council Members:

I am writing to support the Mayor’s Ordinance on Short-Term Residential Rentals in the City of Boston.

The elimination of the Investor Unit category will preserve housing opportunities for our residents and better ensure the mitigation of potentially significant negative impacts on our downtown neighborhoods.

I urge Councilors to vote ‘yes’ on the Mayor’s ordinance.

Thank you,

Your name
Your address in Boston
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Section 8 and affordable apts offer list with phones.

Using HousingWorks.net search criteria  “Section 8 or no Sec 8, Wait List, 1BR, Zip Codes within 30 miles of the South End, Voucher discount housing and other Affordable Housing status categories,” a report showing  687 property management contacts as of April 10, 2018 can be viewed here on Smallwall.net sourced from the Boston based HousingWorks database online.

Click: www.dropbox.com/s/wz53e2jdk97jpv6/sec8-2018.pdf

The report is a search helper. It is NOT the solution to everyone’s quest for affordable housing.

A theory we have is that equal amounts of affordable rentals stock exists in unknowable  places— unknowable to the internet and government data sources, unknowable to housing advocates  and Craigslist. Time will tell if we are right.

Click:  www.dropbox.com/s/wz53e2jdk97jpv6/sec8-2018.pdf

Here’s what happened when I called the first four on the list.

1st on the list — RTH shows  Waitlist is open. An answering service takes a message. ( update) They reliably us called back today. Found out they hold properties for rent based incomes in the Fenway, Huntington  Ave and Brigham Circle area.  No vacancy today, WaitList is encouraged.

2nd— The One Greenway listed office answered and directed  me to a web site where an affordable apartment lottery  is going to happen soon at 450 Cambridge  Street. The call was worth it,

3rd on the list — Kendall Company answered, said a vacancy is immediately avail. Said appointments  are being taken now for a  2 BR for $3,400 rent.  When  I asked about Affordable they said “absolutely have this—go to the Cambridge Housing Authority and apply to waitlist.” So this is a Mahoney Properties operation who are major processors of income restricted and market rate units. So that’s why their waitlist go to the HAs. They are contracted by Housing Authorities to hold sales and lotteries.

If a waitlist is held by a private owner, not the HA, your wait will likely be shorter.

Tip: Depending on your situation, it could take from 1 month to 5 years to get an offer by waitlist.

Learn if you qualify to apply as a person with Special Needs Categories such as: Veterans, Seniors, homeless, battered women, disabled/handicapped or other. There are over 25 classifications of applicant categories.

The 4th listed  contact number was disconnected.

 

more later ….,.,

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How to file online for subsidized housing in Massachusetts. Did you know?

How to File Online for Subsidized Housing in Massachusetts.

Subsidized housing properties are  where you pay 30% of your income to tent that unit.  Housing authorities own the buildings. But private developers own buildings where some are offered by Lottery. Housing Authorities or ( HA ) use the Wait List system. There are benefits to go digital and saving time plus having a digital bot walk the streets looking for vacancies for you.

Step one:  COMPLETE THIS FORM

Step Two: Give it to your housing advocate working your case. Ask them to file it with Housing Works.  If you don’t have an advocate hold it. Tell us you want to file it electronically and we will work with you on that.

New Open Waitlists ( subsidized 30% income type) have opened in the towns of Lynn, Lunenberg, Stoughton, and Boston.

Depending on the Authority or Property, these lists are open to:

Families
Individuals
Elders
Persons of any age with various disabilities
Veterans

Online filing will:

– Automate most of the filing process.

You start with a paper form.

– the filing generates pre-filled applications to all subsidized/affordable housing;

– the system will show a list of other advocates working with the same clients;

– the system prints instant charts of all the places a client has applied;

– the system creates pre-addressed letters to mail out to every place a client has applied.


Or you can do it manually – by calling each public housing about the openings.
click for a list of authorities

When you want to file digital, you start by returning a paper application.

This is the paper application —  View the Application form here.

You return it to people who are authorized to enter it into the digital system.

People who do this may work with agencies and its their job – if you have a case with them.

If you don’t have an open case request filing help.