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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – IREM Seminar

Traps for the Unwary Property Manager

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
8:30 am – 11:30 pm
Register Today  or call 617-436-7565

Location:
The Simon Companies  Office
639 Granite Street
Lower Level Conference Room,
Braintree, MA

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION:

Sponsored by IREM Boston Metropolitan Chapter No. 4 and

The law firm of Goldman & Pease LLC Led by Attorneys Howard S. Goldman and Cameron C. Pease of Goldman & Pease, LLC, this seminar will address common pitfalls that property managers should avoid in managing their properties and suggest helpful ways to avoid and correct these mistakes.

The seminar will draw on recent, real-world Massachusetts cases where landlords or property managers have been held liable or responsible. Attorneys Goldman and Pease will analyze these cases in an interactive format with the seminar participants and discuss what steps the landlord or property manager could have taken to avoid and/or minimize liability.

Moreover, this seminar will help both new and experienced property managers spot key legal issues and protect themselves and their clients.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

APARTMENT OR CONDOMINIUM SHARING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AIRBNB

  • What are the security risks, nuisances, and property damage that result from engaging an Airbnb rental?
  •  What are the best practices for avoiding problems that neighbors and property managers frequently encounter when tenants or condo unit owners use Airbnb.com?

SEX OFFENDERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

  • Do landlords or property managers have a duty to inform potential buyers or tenants about registered sex offenders living in their building or in the surrounding area?

WHEN CAN A NEIGHBOR FORCE YOU TO DE-LEAD YOUR OWN PROPERTY?

  • When must de-leading be performed and what must actually be de-leaded?
  •      What happens if only one condo unit owner or apartment renter wants to have the exterior leading to his unit de-leaded?
  •     Who pays the bill for the de-leading to be performed?

PRIVATE HELIPADS: A CASE FROM MARTHA’S VINEYARD

  • How can a property manager address nuisance behavior of tenants or unit owners?

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS: ARE THEY REALLY INDEPENDENT?

  • When does the law define your independent contractor as an employee?
  •  What are the penalties for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor?

SELECTING, COLLECTING FROM, AND DEALING WITH TENANTS

  • How should property managers respond to complaints about tenants failing to maintain their units and/or creating nuisances and problems for their neighbors?
  •  What are the obligations of a property manager to investigate an allegation of damage?
  •  What free speech protections do disgruntled tenants have to complain about a landlord, property manager, or other tenants?
  •  How can property managers avoid liability for discrimination and personal injuries?

DUTY OF PROPERTY OWNERS TO PREVENT HARM TO OTHERS

  • What hazards must a property manager warn tenants or their guests about to avoid liability?
  •  How to deal with a neighboring property owner’s tree branches extending over your property?

WHAT DOES A PROPERTY MANAGER NEED TO KNOW BEFORE COLLECTING A SECURITY DEPOSIT?

  • What is the duty of a landlord to escrow the deposit and to make annual payments?
  •  What is the duty of a landlord to timely return a security deposit and claim any offsets?

HOW CAN PROPERTY MANAGERS MOST EFFECTIVELY COLLECT RENT AND OTHER FEES?

  • How to use bank account attachments, real estate attachments, and wage assignments to get paid?