CAI Webinar – August 11, 2020

Attorney Howard Goldman will be presenting on August 11th 2:00-3:30  for the Massachusetts CAI webinar.

The webinar is the second in a two part series that will address the impact of Coronavirus on Massachusetts community associations.

Webinar presenters and topics include…

25 minutes          Meetings/Proxies – Howard Goldman, Esq.

25 minutes          Insurance, Brendon Kilcoyne H&K

25 minutes          Budgeting/Planning, Pat Brawley

15 minutes          Open Q&A for the panel of presenters

 

Attorney Howard Goldman Named as a 2020 Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that Howard Goldman has been selected to the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.

Please join us in congratulating Attorney Howard Goldman on his selection.

Common Area Assessments Alert

Goldman & Pease advises its Massachusetts clients, particularly condominium associations, boards, and property managers, to pay close attention to a new emergency regulation from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office that directly prohibits a condominium association from initiating or threatening to initiate a lawsuit if a unit owner fails to pay condominium common area fees, assessments, fines and/or dues.

The March 27, 2020 Emergency Addendum to the Attorney General’s Regulations (“Regulation”), “Unfair and Deceptive Debt Collection Practices During the State of Emergency caused by COVID-19”, prohibits creditors or debt collectors from “initiat[ing], fil[ing], or threaten[ing] to file any new collection lawsuit” and defines a collection lawsuit as “any legal proceeding, including civil actions, commenced in any court for the purpose of collecting any debt owed.” The Regulation further prohibits creditors or debt collectors from initiating or threatening to initiate “or act upon any legal or equitable remedy for the seizure [or] attachment …. of…property… for the payment of a debt to a creditor.” See Regulation, 940 CMR 35:00. [Read more…]

COVID-19: A Message to our clients

As the wide-spread impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is evolving, we at Goldman & Pease are taking active measures to protect the well-being of our employees, clients, guests, and the community at large, while also ensuring that we will continue to meet our clients’ legal needs. From remote work, to telecommuting, to online and teleconferences court appearances, we have in place systems to minimize the risk of transmission related to firm business. As a small, close-knit group of litigators and providers of corporate and real estate legal services, we have the advantage of knowing each other’s cases and clients, and regularly consult with each other. In short, we are a team and will continue to act as one to support each other to serve our clients without pause in these uncertain times.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will adhere to recommendations from the WHO, CDC, and other health organizations.

Whatever proactive or preventative measures we implement, Goldman & Pease will remain fully available to you. Your calls and e-mails will be answered, and we will continue to represent our clients with the same responsiveness, expertise, and experience you expect and deserve.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your attorneys here at Goldman & Pease and if we can be of any assistance. As always, we are here for you.

— Howard Goldman, Cameron Pease, and our entire team at Goldman & Pease

Coronavirus: What Steps Should Condo Associations take?

Community associations are wisely thinking about how to meet daily responsibilities while mitigating the spread of this virus. According to the CDC’s current information, person-to-person spread is occurring between people in close contact (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, but this is currently not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

While there are still unknowns about the virus’s transmission, Goldman & Pease offers our current perspective on how you can take proactive steps to responsibly meet your obligations to residents and owners at this time.

Provide Information to Residents

When communicating to unit owners, we recommend that Boards encourage residents to take their own precautions to limit exposure to the virus or other contagious illnesses such as the flu.  At the end of the day, owners will be most responsible for their health and safety, as most guidance to avoid illness highlight an individual’s responsibility.

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NEWS ALERT FOR AIR BNB RENTALS

On June 13, 2018, the Boston City Council passed a new Ordinance that will prohibit investors from engaging in short-term rentals of their units. Homeowners, on the other hand, will still be allowed to rent out their homes by the night, and owner-occupants of two-family and three-family houses will be permitted to rent out one unit.

airbnbThe short-term rental business is rapidly growing in Boston, and websites such as Airbnb are becoming increasingly popular. As a result, more and more homes are being rented to tourists for short periods of time rather than to tenants on a traditional 12-month lease. The new rules limiting short-term rentals are an attempt to make more units available in the tight housing market.  Over 2000 units were estimated to have been removed from normal rentals due to the profitability of the short- term rentals and the new Ordinance sought to bring those rental units back to the market for normal rentals.

The new rules go into effect on January 1, 2019. However, the regulations will not apply to current short-term rental hosts until September 2019. Policing who is an investor and who is an owner will be a challenge for the City of Boston.  Other large cities, such as Brookline and Cambridge, may also enact restrictive ordinances to limit investors to buy and use their real estate for short term rentals.

For more information, please read this article from the Boston Globe.

PART- TIME LAW ASSOCIATE

Job-Announcement-5-2018May 2018 – Goldman & Pease LLC is seeking a part- time legal associate with 2-5 years experience as a practicing litigation attorney. Located in Needham, Goldman & Pease LLC specializes in civil litigation, real estate and corporate law and offers much opportunity for career growth. Strong research and writing skills, and excellent academic credentials are required. Qualified candidates must have good interpersonal, computer and organizational skills and be admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Please email your resume in strict confidence to Howard S. Goldman.