Boston real estate landlord

Boston real estate landlord

The Globe has a front-page story this morning on the widespread landlord complaints about the new apartment-registration law, which one local broker says will lead to a “big, bloated bureaucracy.”

That’s putting it mildly. We’d describe it as an outright shakedown of landlords with the obvious long-term prospect that the annual registration fees will become turn-to cash cows for future city administrations whenever they need money to fund other city services.

The initial registration fee is ridiculous: $25 per unit. Then it’s $15 a year per unit.

Do the math: The initial registration fee would raise about $4 million. The annual fee would raise about $2.4 million a year. Is there anyone who seriously thinks these already high fees won’t be raised in the future?

If you don’t think that, we have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

To his credit, City Councilor Charles Yancey says maybe it’s time to reconsider the entire concept.

Yeah, it’s time.

File under: To the barricades!

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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