MA Quarterly Meeting:
Fast Track Eviction Seminar: A Proactive Legal Approach to Reducing Serious Challenges at Your Property
Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional, some of the most serious problems facing Property managers today can range from unwanted visitors, to more serious threats to your property such as drugs, violence, gangs or even weapons. What is a Manager to do? Thankfully there are legal tools for Property Managers and site staff to use.
This interactive seminar led by Attorney Frank Flynn, who specializes in commercial and residential landlord/tenant law from the expanded Boston Law firm of Flynn Law Group, is intended to serve as a platform to inform and benefit Property Managers, Site Staff and Owners of multifamily properties. We will explore ways to effectively to address dangers to your property such as drugs, guns, violence and prostitution that residents and visitors may bring to your property. Lively classroom participation and discussion is encouraged.
The Seminar will focus on such areas as:
– Proactive Legal Methods: You will be informed on multiple methods of reducing serious threats to your property that may result in avoiding future criminal activity at your property.
– Cause-Based Evictions: You will be informed on the process of evicting residents for violations of their leases that go far beyond a simple non-payment of rent case. This is an effective way to remove residents who have been involved in fights, have disrupted the livability of the development and other areas of material non-compliance with the terms of their leases.
You will also become familiar on the process and procedure of a standard eviction. Including, properly documenting activity, referral to your attorney, the notice to quit procedure and the court process.
– Fast Track Evictions: Attorney Flynn will discuss the process of evicting a resident for a violation of M.G.L. c. 139, Section 19. This law allows the Landlord to fast-track a case as a civil action if a resident is found to be involved in the keeping, sale or manufacture of illegal substances, if they are illegally storing a weapon, if they are involved in prostitution or if they commit acts of violence against an employee or other person entitled to be present on the premises in their unit. This process is designed to remove the dangerous resident in just a few short weeks rather than a few months.
– Protecting your Property from Unwanted Trespassers: Under M.G.L. c. 121B, Section 32C you can keep unwanted and/or dangerous persons off your premises, often forever. The Massachusetts legislature has enacted a special provision in the General Laws in order to protect subsidized properties. This law allows you to keep someone off your property if they have caused harm to a resident, or employee of the landlord, have destroyed, vandalized or stolen property of the landlord, or another resident, if they have brought a weapon onto your property, or if they have sold or possessed drugs on the property. The importance of this law is that this type of order can be made permanent by the court, thus keeping this person off your property forever. It is also important to note that a violation of this type of order granted by the court is a criminal act.
The seminar will be followed by an interactive question and answer period. Attorney Flynn has over twenty four years of experience handling cause based evictions as well as fast-track evictions and actions under Chapter 121B, Section 32C and will share some of his experiences dealing with these matters.