Community Development Updates

February 7, 2019 - Rental Property Owner Sessions

The Office of Community Development is sponsoring series of three rental property owner sessions.  The sessions will be held on consecutive Tuesday evenings, April 16th, April 23rd, and April 30th, from 6-8PM at the Munich Haus.  The workshops will cover:

Workshop 1. The Rules of the Game.

Topics: Tenancy from application to occupancy.  Strategies for applicant screening; sample applications; credit and CORI checks; reference?: Fair Housing do's and don't s; Rental agreements vs Leases; Terms to consider including in your agreements.

Workshop 2.  Avoiding Code Problems.

Topics: The Implied Warranty of Habitability.  Complying with State Sanitary Code, other building codes; Massachusetts lead paint requirements and the federal Repair, Renovation and Painting (RRP) requirements.  Pre-occupancy inspections, ongoing inspections, documenting conditions.

Workshop 3.  Tenant Rights, Tenant Responsibilities and Evictions.

Topics:  Rental property as a business.  Mutual expectations and requirements; Strategies to a successful relationship; Eviction process.

The sessions are free to Chicopee property owners. To register call the Office of Community Development at 413-594-1490 or electronically to While pre-registration is not required, all pre-registered attendees will receive a free copy of the Property Management Manual for Massachuestts Rental Owners (6th Edition).

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