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May 23, 2006

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Fred Sullivan Mahoney jr.

There is a lot not being said here -- "2 to 4 year notice", What? are we suppose to guess between the two here? Or is it 2 years notice to sick people and 4 years notice to elderly people? How much increase in fees? Is it a One dollar increase or a hundred, or 5% or 10% increase, what? And what does the fee pay for? I read somewhere part of the increase was actually a consolidation of other fees to make the whole process easier. And what is the big deal about giving tenants the first right to buy? "Do you want buy the condo for half a million”, “NO”, “Ok, then get out" Or "yes, but I can't get financed”, “then get out at the end of your lease" What is wrong with that?

Now, if you made some deal with section 8 housing then that is a different story. You have to stick to the guidelines you agreed to.

How does this apply to owner occupied homes? Or would you rather not say (in order to incite the masses)?

Guys, you can't use the same reporting style that worked for you in the past. The days of inciting backlashes are over. This might still work for the folks at SHA and a lot of the people you have jerked around in the past. These folks want more answers now.

Mike Ferguson

Couple of questions here ;

Lets say I plan on converting my properties in three years, and the current leases come up , one in 9 months and the other two in 4 months. How much should I raise my rents in order to cover the cost of the condo converting fee? Will 50 dollars a month cover it, you think?

Also, how low should I turn the heat down in order to get my tenants to leave early?

J.O. Tobin

This is just rent control--period. We are talking about whether homeowners have the right to do what they want with the property. We have all been renters in our life. It requires very little committment and should never be confused with the risks and responsabilities of owning and maintaining property. It is easy to find places to rent the only time it is difficult for a tenant is when they do not want to give up there current good deal--well too bad--nobody owes anyone cheap rent.

Mrs. McCarthy

Hassett,

For Christ's sake! Are you new to this City? Somerville has one M.

And it stands for McCarthy.............

Hugs and Licks,

Mrs. McCCCCCCarthy


JULIE

I have a 3 family house in East Somerville. I can barely get any renters for my house now because the market is so saturated with apartments. Oh wait..I can get renters if I am willing to put up 15 or 20 people of questionable legal status in a 4 bedroom 2 bath apartment...othewrwise I can't get the type of people I used to get. Profesionals, young families, single elderly people. With the reduction in interest rates the past few years, they have all purchased condos and got out of the renter market. They have benefited from the real estate market, why can't I? making my 3 family into condos sounds nicer every day. Especially when I get the tax and water bills and almost have to choke on them.

 don't make a deal out of this condo conversion


The best thing you can do is explain it away and ignore it. And don't bring rent control into the discussions.
Rent Control is a dangerous game to play. It is an issue that causes people to struggle against each other instead of battling the real causes affecting our town and low income people. It shifts the burden from low to middle class but lets the upper class off without addressing the causes. Sure it will bring the voters out, and get you elected if you support it. But it won't really help renters in the long run. Somerville's renters are transient to begin with. College kids and a lot of young folks who rent don't and never will have any intention to stay in Somerville and they certainly won't have the same interests and long term vision that Somerville needs right now. They won’t care about community and local small businesses and they will wish they had a cvs chain store within walking distance, no matter the cost and traffic to the neighborhood. Instead, these voters will push the Aldermen and Mayor to get involved in national politics and focus on issues that don't solve local problems. Furthermore; If you want to help people, create real affordable housing (I am kidding, we all know that is impossible and we just keep these SHA programs around to pay unions, that is their real purpose right?) quit lying about creating jobs with big box retail. 90% of the people who work in assembly square don't live in Somerville. These jobs demoralize and dehumanize people by paying low wages with no benefits and dump more traffic on people want to live here longer. Why don't you Create jobs that will bring long term residents within an easy commute to their homes and condos and create jobs that will increase our tax base?
Don't just do whatever it takes to get elected and then screw your voters first and all of us in the long run. Landlords will start qualifying tenant’s better, running better credit checks and won't take any chances on people with low incomes or bad credit. That being said Massachusetts passed anti rent control legislation that is still in effect.

somerspeak

This is not meant to be critical, but simply an opinion. For those of us who are not well versed in the current protections afforded to renters, it would have been helpful of the author to tell his readers what those are and how they differ from the Mayor proposal.

Brent Foster

We are addressing the wrong complaints. When you look at what people are saying: "I don't want any other [renters] in Somerville to have to go through what we are going through," said Betty Radwanski, who rents an apartment at 111 Woodstock St. and supports Curtatone's proposed changes. Radwanski said her landlord abruptly began renovating her building without giving residents any warning before noisy construction began."

We don't need condo conversion rules. We need noise ordinances to be enforced. The owners, businesses, and even renters who don't respect that other peolpe have the right to the peace and enjoyment of their own home should be fined and held responsible for this.

Most municipalities view noise complaints as a quality of life issue, but for people exposed to noise on a constant basis - it is a form of assault. They feel they are the only one suffering and often feel helpless and trapped in their own homes and apartments.

People who create or allow noise from their own property to intrude on a neighbor are indifferent to the rights of others. If you can't convert your condo without making noise then you should give a discount or wait for ajoining properties to be empty. For people who like to make noise, it is a form of passive aggressive behavior. Where children and teenagers are involved, parents need to set clear examples of appropriate behavior. Businesses and owners are responsible for their environmental impact on the community.

The Root of the Problem

Well social and economic factors can influence the quality of protections available to our fello residents. A board of aldermen primarily driven by economic interests may prefer to protect local businesses such as bars, outdoor cafes, clubs, motorcycle dealerships and car audio installation shops instead of its residents. A minority or immigrant community may lack the sophistication to demand better protection from the mayor and aldermen and the police. A poor community will have even less protection because its police departments are not adequately staffed to handle issues; much less quality of life issues that other communities address.

The mayor and the chief of police typically mandate the initiatives for law enforcement to focus on. Those mandates are usually based on community demand and media interest. Some police departments do not always seek to reduce crime in as much to manage crime. They may release statistical metrics to show police activity with regard to quality of life complaints , but that does not necessarily correlate to any actual reduction in noise.

Some types of noise complaints are handled by different departmens other than the police. Some of the agencies include the Department of Environmental Protection, Animal Control (SPCA), Department of Housing, Department of Transportation and the Board of Health.

One of the biggest sources of neighbor complaints is barking dogs. The real problem is the negligent owner who is indifferent to the welfare of their dog and the consideration of their neighbors. Some owners will even cast their pet outside all night and assume it can act as an effective guard dog.


When construction is creating tremendous noise for people who live nearby. In most cases, they are in violation of the law.

What ordinances apply to your area? I am sure the state has some noise laws .


Businesses that serve the interests of customers and patrons outside of the community are more likely to cause problems for neighbors.

Big box retailers and chains brings tremendous amounts of vehicle traffic into communities that are situated in their path. Corporate lobbyists and attorneys overwhelm local neighborhood activists and council members and aldermen that resist against proposed big box retailers in the community. Once these businesses are in place, community boards have almost no leverage in controlling how they operate.

Fast food restaurants, such as McDonald's and Burger King are open late with a drive-thru. In addition to the smell and garbage littered on the street, neighbors deal with noise from patrons driving in boom cars, hot-rods, motorcycles at all hours, including late-night garbage pickups.

Bars, lounges and nightclubs that serve liquor and start having loud dive bands play nightly bring noise and other related issues into the community. Some of these businesses attract a bad crowd with drunken patrons, prostitutes, vehicle traffic and loud music to the neighborhood. Outdoor cafes are granted permits to install tables, chairs, awning and enclosures within a designated area on the sidewalk. Check to see if they are violating the law by installing more seating than they are legally entitled to.

Maybe In cases where businesses serve alcohol, you can file a complaint with the State Liquor Authority and request an investigation? For example, restaurants are granted a liquor license so that they can only serve alcohol with meals to patrons. But it does not allow them to operate a cabaret, a place for dancing and loud music. If you can prove that they are in violation, their liquor license can be suspended or revoked.


Some types of noises are completely unintentional and can be mitigated. For instance, you could ask the neighbor to relocate the television set nearest your wall in their apartment in exchange for something. You could make an offer to buy the neighbor a new electric lawn mower in exchange for disposing the noisy gas-powered model. Of course, this will cost you time and money, but it will afford you and your family some peace and quiet.

If there are other neighbors experiencing the same problem, you could group together and confront the noisy neighbor. But these problems need to start being addressed instead of playing politics with noise complaints lets get a City that acts more proficiently.

Mrs. McCarthy

hello boys at the somerville news. with this condo trash. the residents that live in them they usually park on the street and take from the residents that have lived in the area for a long time. the other day i had to park 2 blocks away plus i got a note on my car and a ticket for 50 dollars also 2 tires were flat i got slashed. those no good son of #@#!'s

Ward 3

Hey Mrs. McCarthy parking on my street sucks. i have people from 2 or 3 blocks that park on my street that don't belong. i live in ward 3 and some parts of ward 3 and some parts not don't enforcement the parking permit. my area of ward 3 doesn't enforce it and that sucks. also i was go down trull lane in somerville (trull lane is next to post 19) to visit a friend i couldn't even get my car down the street cars were parked on the hill plus there are signs that say no parking. if you had a fire on trull lane you couldn't even get bloody fire truck down there its that bad. so mrs. mccarthy i feel sorry for you that u got a flat times and a ticket i know i have jerks around my way that just don't give a damn.

Quit believing your own lies

Condo issues are mostly separate from equality of affordability. You are complaining the condo conversion has made housing in Somerville unaffordable for ordinary people, but while the interest rate trough/housing price bubble may serve as a more real catalyst for some of the displacement of poor/working class/petit bourgeois residents from the city, the ultimate driver of that displacement is significantly more demand among the bourgeoisie to live inside the city and near Kendall square office spaces. Rage against the fact that Somerville has now adopted the Parisian model of bourgeois center/working class periphery all you want (I have mixed feelings), but I don't see that dynamic abating anytime ever. What's likely to happen instead is that city "affordable housing" policies will carve out space for city employees facing residency requirements but for very few genuinely working class folk, who will continue to feel the market pull toward second cities and less to us.
And in the middle of it all the politicians are going to spin it their way in order to push their agenda and get elected. But not really helping the poor at all.

Mrs. McCarthy

Well ain't that a kick in the nuts. The post above at 2:14pm today is not, obviously, the one and only Mrs. M.

Welcome to the 21st century in Cambriville.

I'm the victim of identity theft.

To the imposter Mrs. M., I'm sorry you can't find any parking spaces, but as I don't own a car, I really don't give a shit. And the next time you even think about using my name on this blog or anywhere else for that matter, you won't have to worry about flat tires dearie. You won't be able to find your car in a million years.

Have a Nice Day Dipshit,

Mrs. McCarthy

Mrs. O'Leary

Hello dearie Mrs. McCarthy, don't worry we all knew that imposter posting wasn't you, its not your usual glib writing style.

Anyone with a sense of decency would never try to duplicate the likes of you, your one of a kind.

see you in the dinning room at the VNA tonight we have lots to gosip about.
Mrs. O'leary

Ward 5

What happend to all the familys that use to live in Somerville? How many Familys are going to be living in a condo? FAMILYS NOT CONDOS.

Mrs. McCarthy

Mrs.Dottie O'Leary.

Dottie, I knew I could count on you honey. Can you imagine anyone trying to be as honest, crass and smart as me? The nerve, Dottie, the nerve.

Hope the knees are getting better. Say hi to little Bobby for me and give the great grand kids all a buck. Tell them it's from me. I'll see you at dinner.

Pot roast tonight?

The one and only,

Dr. Mrs. McCarthy

All in the family

"What happend to all the familys that use to live in Somerville? How many Familys are going to be living in a condo? FAMILYS NOT CONDOS."

Define "familys"(sic).
When I was a kid here there were an average of 3-4 kids in almost every household that had children. Very few single children, etc. Now there are an average of 1.5 or something like that. Take a look at how many kids there were in Somerville Public Schools back in the 60s-70s and how many there are today. That will tell you everything you need to know. Families are smaller these days... It's that simple.
The reverse flight that is taking place involves, as previously stated, mostly people working in and around Kendall Sq. and environs. I don't know about the petit bourgeiose, but I do know that most of the "families" cashed out of here long ago. Take a look at the size of youth sports programs in Somerville and the size of them in Wilmington, Chelmsford, Billerica and Tewksbury and that will tell you everything you need to know. That's where the "families" are these days. Plus, the population is aging. The Baby Boomers are pushing into their 60s now. Its a different world. In terms of demographics of the East Coast Somerville, as cities go, is no different than anyplace else.

Somerville is Different


You can't solve local problems with the same cookie cutter approaches that other communities are using. Never mind that these approaches are not working for them either. We need to stop using the same rhetoric and method every other community is using to address affordable housing and other issues. It is not working. Show me any city that was able to do it. And I will show you a different approach that will work or different circumstances entirely that won't work here. My guess is you wont be able show me a community that is actually addressing affordable housing today. Go fight gas prices or something. Becuase that is more of a cause than what you keep focusing on.

The Future Is Unwritten & Family's Feel The Squeeze!!

It is a start of reversal of trend to convert multi family homes and apartment buildings to condominiums throughout the City Of Somerville. The real estate market is in the process of change, and sellers are not able to sell their property as quickly as expected. There's a heavy push to convert back to apartments. What was previously a strong market has currently turned softer due to an erruption of condo conversions over that past few years. Somerville family's are feeling the squeeze of thousands of conversions that have taken place over the past years. Somerville has been and should always be a family oriented city. Without restrictions on the condominium process, I am afraid that family's will continue to move elsewhere.

They don't want to help you, They just want you to vote for them. Go ahead and ask the families that

It is true

Go Ask....

ask the families that use to work at the steel plant in assembly square. They are taking their plant away to build a christmas tree shop or something. The alderman told them he was good friends with someone who works at home depot or target or something and that he could get some of them replacement jobs. But the whole family will have to work to earn half as much. They have to pay for their own benifits too. And ever since the meddleing progresives who just want votes passed overtime laws the greedy companies hired more people so you can not get to work any overtime. They all have to move into a one bedroom in Medford unless they can get a job with the city or something.

Yorktown Street

When a two-family gets converted into condos, there are two losers. One is the household that wants to rent in Somerville (and they are not all yuppies, believe me). The other is the household that can afford to buy and put down roots in Somerville, but ONLY with rental income. That's how most people used to buy their first house, and often, their permanent house.

Take away the two- and three-family homes and all you will get is double-income, no kids couples in half a house each. Nothing wrong with that as a portion of your residents, but it changes the city's character if everybody looks that way.

Not-concerned homeowner

As an owner of a 2 family I am not all that concerned about these proposals because I don't really plan to convert my 2 into condos.

In the first place, 2 family homes, esp. small ones, make lousy condos and may not be worth any more as 2 condos than as a 2 family.

In the second place, I bought it as a 2 and don't see why I would have any unfettered right to convert it. Somerville is losing its stock of 2 family homes and rental properties, and like Yorktown said, those items are part of what keeps the city diverse and lively. I don't like getting lobbied by anyone about this issue, esp. realtors who clearly have a conflict of interest on this issue.

Martin Edin

This issue goes deeper with strong followings, and polarizations from the rent control era that ended in the mid 90's with the defeated of rent control. Like you say, the law means nothing mostly on face value but it is a symbol to these activists and to the lower income people as well as to the people that apposed rent control. Today it is a spin tool and a big vote generator for the politicians but it won’t help either side of that old battle. And it won’t help with affordable housing, but it looks good.

What we are all not seeing is that people who vote for these politicos are actually having their vote and voice stolen from them. The politicos may not be so evil; it may be that a lot of them are ignorant to what is really happening.

They are going to use these stolen votes to help outside predatory businesses take away local businesses like the steel plant in assembly square. This takes real paying jobs away and makes housing un- affordable. They are going to tell us they are creating jobs. But these retail jobs don’t pay anything close to the real jobs and benefits these local companies provided. These outside companies with no ties to your culture are going hire people from all over the state, not Somerville. And the real value of these old plants and companies goes deeper when you examine the fabric and culture of Somerville. Meanwhile most of the money these new chain businesses are making is spent in a gated community somewhere else in the country. Or it is spent lobbying the State and Feds to keep the wind-farm out of site and gas prices up. After all, these rich folks are not hurt by these gas prices. Look the Enron guys are guilty and so are these other businesses.

It really irks me to see Somerville people get taken like this. Look at this way, there are three communities here. The local and residents make up one community. Then there is a ‘local’ business community made up of local businesses that help form the culture and unique character of Somerville. But the third community the community of outside chain and predatory business is twisting your world around. Forcing you to fight each other and it is screwing you all. If you guys can see this and work together you all have a chance to do some good. If not, these outsiders are going to do a lot of harm to a lot of good people.

Gotta ask

If there is public transportation available does that make housing more affordable?

If there is public transportation should waiters take the T to Davis Square?

Is there residential parking close to Davis square?

Do local businesses in our community hire local people?

Can local people park free in residential areas, or take the T, or ride a bike to work in Davis square?

Can we raise the parking meter fines in Davis and lower the property taxes for home owners to help with affordable housing instead of playing the condo game? Let’s trade higher cost meters, higher tickets for non-resident cars (or even tow them) for lower property taxes.

Local businesses can do their part by paying a "living wage" and hiring local people. We can take the money we use to subsidize affordable housing and section 8 and instead subsidize and help local businesses that pay "living wages" so people can afford to live & work here.

Mike Buesche

Lets do what Santa Fe New Mexico did. They raised the minimum wage for workers at all large companies doing business in the city. It is one of the first local wage laws to apply citywide. It truly expands opportunities for working class families. And I believe it is Chicago and Washington, D.C. that are considering minimum wages for workers at "big box" retail stores. The Supreme court in New Mexico confirmed that raising the minimum wage falls within local "home rule" powers, and that state minimum wage laws do not bar cities their from raising the minimum wage locally. Lets do that here if we genuinely want help Somerville’s remaining working class residents.

David Jerkins

I have to say i just moved to your great city of somerville 2 years ago from Maryland and bought a nice house in the spring hill area. I am so glad i didn't buy a condo i found nice house. i will just say this condos suck and i would not live in a 2x4, and plus owning a house is a better tax deductions than a condo. to all of your readers of the blog keep up the great work
David
P.S. fyi i have no time for imposters so to the imposter of mrs mccarthy get a life, and 3 cheers for the real mrs mccarthy

Mrs. McCarthy

Jamie,

Add this guy David Jerkins to the VIP and "Do Not Ban" list. He sounds like a perfectly wonderful person to welcome into the Cambriville fold. Even if he is a "newbie".

Oh, and what the hell was "Daddy Warbucks" doing at the Alderman's meeting tonight? Georgie looked a little nervous having the Big Kahouna sitting next to him. I hope Hassett's not on remedial training because of me.

One week and counting................

Dr. Mrs. McCarthy

David Jerkins

Hello to Mrs. McCarthy and readers of the somerville news. Thanks for the nice comp. you same nice too and you seem to have issues like myself. maybe we can grab a cup of tea sometime. I take mine milk no sugar i am sweet enough. So all of your readers Happy Memorial Day

sara rosenfeld

Aldermen of The City of Somerville
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

Dear Aldermen:

I am writing to you to question the process by which the new Condo Conversion Ordinance was presented to the citizens of the city including its notification to the public, the drafting of the various Articles, and the resulting effect amongst some of your constituents.

I have been a resident of Somerville for 24 years. I can only compare this process with my previous experience with a notification process in which I took part. In 1985, I was appointed by Mayor Gene Brune to be the real estate representative for the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission, and I served as the chair person from 1993 to 1995. During the time I was on the commission, the City proposed an amendment to the Preservation Ordinance to add additional Historic Districts to the original list of designated properties. Based on my memory of an event that occurred over 15 years ago, the process involved the following:

1. IMPACT REVIEW PERIOD: A Historic Preservation consultant was hired to assist the Commission in the process and to make sure the city followed the correct process in identifying the properties to add, providing information to the owners of the property and neighbors about the ordinance and providing an opportunity to have their questions answered.

2. NOTIFICATION PERIOD: A letter was sent to the homeowners who would be directly affected by the change in the ordinance. The letter explained the proposal to add their property to the list of designated properties, encouraged them to contact the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission with any questions, and explained the process by which the change would take place.

3. PUBLIC PROCESS PERIOD: As part of the process, the consultant and the commission members organized a number of neighborhood meetings prior to the public hearing. The neighborhood meetings were conducted to inform and educate the members of the specific neighborhoods that would be impacted by the change of the ordinance along with inviting the specific homeowners that would be subject to the ordinance.

4. COMMENT PERIOD: A specified amount of time was given for the homeowners who would be directly affected by the ordinance to respond. There was notification of the upcoming Public Hearing. It explained that they could refuse to be a part of the process and not have their home designated.

By the time the Public Hearing occurred in front of the Aldermen, the homeowners had the opportunity to fully educate themselves to the proposed changes and the impact on their home.
I believe the proposed Condominium Conversion Ordinance will have a much greater impact on a much larger number of residents and homeowners than the Somerville Historic Preservation Ordinance. I believe all of the residents of Somerville deserve the same consideration regarding the opportunity to be educated about the proposed Ordinance (just time to read it and understand it) and to compare it to the existing Ordinance and to understand the differences between these and the current State Ordinance. I believe ALL of the residents of Somerville deserve to have neighborhood meetings about this proposal with their Alderman prior to a public hearing. I believe that there needs to be a panel created with consultants from all sides to assure the drafting of such a proposal takes into consideration ALL of the residents of the city.

I was very proud to read the article in the Boston Globe on May 14, 2006 of the “Model City” and I shared it with as many people as I could. I have tried my best to be a good citizen and understand the many different things going on in the city. A recent Globe article (May 25, 2006) about the Condominium Ordinance mentioned that the proposal for the Ordinance has been in works since December. Why is it that I, as a homeowner, reader of the Somerville Journal, visitor to the City of Somerville Web Site and informed citizen in touch with my neighbors, did not find out about this proposal “being in the works”? Why did I find out about the “Public Hearing” only through e-mails being sent around by tenant advocate organizations appealing to tenants alone to attend the hearing to support the new Ordinance? Why, when I went onto the City of Somerville Web Site and reviewed the Agenda for the Alderman’s meeting, I did not see this topic on the agenda as a “Public Hearing”.

I have been very impressed by many things your administration has done since all of you have taken office. You have set up a 311 System that makes communications easier than ever. I received an automated phone call about the Memorial Day Parade to notify me about the streets being closed and parking limitations. I think citywide communications has improved overall during your time in office and that is why I am stunned there was NOT proper notification about this very important proposal in the change to the City of Somerville Condo Conversion Ordinance. Why?

It is not too late. You can make a difference right now by saying we need more time to review this Ordinance, have the residents of the city fully understand it, discuss it with their Aldermen and neighbors and decide whether this would be a good change for the city.

Now is your only opportunity to change a process that will affect your reputation. Maybe, not with all of the residents of the city, but at least with this one voter who has been a homeowner since 1984 and wants to remain a homeowner and resident in a city where I believe there is good leadership, good government and a mayor who is listening to everyone.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely yours,

Sara
Sara Rosenfeld

Ward 4

The Condo Conversion Ordinance is a good example of why residents in Somerville must ensure that they choose their Aldermen wisely. An Aldermen represents their Ward (the At-large folks should be abolished as the Mayor provides City wide representation) against the interests of other Wards and the Mayor's administration. As such, Aldermen should be testing the waters of their Ward to determine how residents feel about this issue. I must say that I have not received a phone call or an e-mail, nor has a Ward wide community meeting been called by my Ward Aldermen. It makes you wonder how an Aldermen could make such a decision, a representative decision, without knowing how the residents of his Ward feel about the issue.

all the wards

You can't just blame our Alderman Mr. Pero for he can't be the only Ward Alderman that didn't call for a public hearing. Lets watch this hearing on Tuesday night at City Hall and see who is going to put the brakes on this issue. Ms. Rosenfield is right in what she says, we need more time for and ordiance that is going to affect us all.
These people all have short memories of the dangers of any form of Control's. We are watching, and the backlash can be huge against those Alderman that vote without thinking.

David Jerkins

Well Mrs. McCarthy
i am waiting haven't heard from you maybe we can go for a cuppa of tea sometime.
David

somdamndog

we do agree here. Down with perro pero! and many other rabid fools running personal theifdoms on our tab.

Francis Presunto Fritado

The town needs to save money. I propose we cut all of the aldermen’s salary. This will help reduce taxes on residential property and help ensure that civic minded individuals run for office. It is not a full time job and they are paid more than most of the undocumented immigrants that built my new garage. These guys rent property in Somerville and get the hell kicked out of them all the time by unscrupulous landlords. Let's do the same to the alderman until they get it together or we vote a better regime in.

People Of Somerville

I’ve lived in Somerville 26 years and just bought a 2 family house in Somerville two years ago. I currently rent the first floor and their rent does even cover half the cost of my mortgage. People have told me that I’m not charging enough. I’m not at all happy that the city would like to impose renter control and allow tenants to not pay their rent if they feel it’s too high. As far as the condos go, I am against converting 2 or 3 families into condos but I can understand that the only way to own property in Somerville is to purchase a condo.

Cambridge imposed rent control years ago. The outcome was that the law was overturned because rent control failed and was not particle.

Nike Jordan Shoes

I’ve lived in Somerville 26 years and just bought a 2 family house in Somerville two years ago. I currently rent the first floor and their rent does even cover half the cost of my mortgage. People have told me that I’m not charging enough. I’m not at all happy that the city would like to impose renter control and allow tenants to not pay their rent if they feel it’s too high. As far as the condos go, I am against converting 2 or 3 families into condos but I can understand that the only way to own property in Somerville is to purchase a condo.

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