Brewster revises definition of a bedroom


The Town of Brewster Board of Health has put into place a more property-rights friendly bedroom definition that is a win for homeowners. This applies to the number of bedrooms for the purpose of sizing a septic system. The new bedroom definition closely follows the Title V definition. It reads: “Any portion of a dwelling [...]

LEGAL HOTLINE: Property owner responsibilities for snow removal


Below are Questions and Answers from the Massachusetts Legal Hotline attorneys, Michael McDonagh, Ashley Stolba and  Justin Davidson. Q. My client owns a rental property and insists that he has no responsibility for removal of snow except for clearing the sidewalks as required by a municipal ordinance. Is he correct? A. No. The usual rule is that it [...]

Find out what changes in real estate with the new Congressional appropriations bill


  Congress has passed sweeping legislation of more than two-thousand pages to fund the Federal Government Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by the President when it arrives at the White House. The new legislation will put an end to the series of stop-gap funding measures known as “Continuing [...]

Legal Hotline: Cameras in houses and livestream marketing


Q. I have listed a property and the seller has outfitted his home with webcams. He says it is to keep an eye on the property, but I think it is to listen to conversations and see who is viewing the house. Must I disclose to potential buyers and their agents that they are being [...]

Review of 2015 Fall Town Meeting Warrants on Cape Cod


Below is a list of upcoming town meetings for the fall of 2016. The briefing includes a link to the town meeting warrants (if available) and any real estate implications or other issues to be aware of happening at the town meeting. Bourne (Oct. 19) Town Meeting Warrant has not been posted online Mashpee (Oct. [...]

New TRID Rule Goes Into Effect October 3rd


New rules take effect in the residential mortgage industry. These rules change the disclosures and estimates home buyers will get when shopping for a loan and prior to closing a loan. There is a new Closing Estimate (replacing the Good Faith Estimate) and a new Closing Disclosure. These rules start [...]

Notes from MAR’s Legal Hotline for June


Below are Questions and Answers from the Massachusetts Legal Hotline attorneys, Michael McDonagh, Ashley Stolba, MAR Associate Counsel, and  Justin Davidson. Q. I am I’m working on taking a listing that was built before 1978. The seller did a lead test from a testing kit that she bought and it was positive for lead paint. A version [...]

Why you should care about Patent Trolls


Without meaningful patent litigation reform, Realtors® and other small and midsize business owners will remain targets of extortion by unscrupulous entities that demand licensing fees or threaten frivolous lawsuits under the guise of patent infringement. That’s according to testimony from the National Association of Realtors® before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. [...]