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2014 MassChallenge

2014 MassChallenge

Todd and myself are very excited to announce that Boston Landlord Reviews will be entering the 2014 MassChallenge! This is the largest startup challenge in the world in which they give out $1 million plus of equity free funding! Think how much that could do for any startup! Participating startups are also given an array of resources including industry mentors, networking, and new business development skills. Please lend your support and let us know any suggestions you have for us!


The rental offseason in Boston

The rental offseason in Boston

As we all know, about 90% of all residential units in Boston are for September 1st. So what if your moving to Boston from September onwards or you made the mistake of not finding an apartment during the "hot" rental season?

One option is always subletting. Subletting is always a term that garners skepticism, frowns, or confusion. In legal terms, a subletter is an individual who takes over the portion of the lease from the tenant who is living. The subletter will pay for the leaving tenant's security deposit, monthly rent and utility obligations, and take over their living ...


Receiving Deposit Money Back

Recently I had a situation regarding first month rent deposits that I would like to share with other prospective renters.

Before going on showings with realtors, clients are suppose to sign a fee disclosure form. This form states that if you decide to rent properties that your realtor shows you, you have to exclusively rent through that realtor. Also, there is no fee for taking clients on showings. Most importantly however, the fee disclosure form states that if you are accepted from an apartment through verbal or written agreement, lease, tenancy at will, or taking possession of the property and ...


'Tis the hot part of the real estate season

'Tis the hot part of the real estate season

From the start of May until September 1st is what is considered the "hot part" of the real estate season in Boston. This is because about 90% of all listings are for the months of May, June, July, August, and especially September. From a tenant's perspective, now is the time when you need to start looking for apartments if you hadn't already. Landlords in Boston typically stop putting new apartments on the market after early July, so now is the best time to catch a real gem in the real estate market without dealing with the leftovers of ...


Why is rent so high in Boston?

Why is rent so high in Boston?

As realtors, Todd and I both hear all the time why rental prices seem to increase every year. This rental season is no different. Take an ordinary one bedroom on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston near the Harvard Avenue T-stop. Crappy appliances from the 1980's, hardwood floors, heat and hot water included, mice, and a shower that doesn't seem to work during the coldest parts of the winter. Like I said, an ordinary Allston apartment that should be priced at $1000 per month, maybe $1150. This rental season, the same apartment will cost you $1550-$1600. I kid you ...


Welcome to Boston Landlord Reviews

Hi everyone and welcome to Boston Landlord Reviews!

Todd and I are happy to welcome you to our website. It has been almost 2 years in the making and we are very pleased with our finished product and know you will be too. Thank you 829 Studios LLC for such a good job! Please let us know any comments you have about the website. Help us become the one-stop shop for everything real estate in Boston!

Sincerely, Eric Berman, Boston Landlord Reviews