Instead of simple negotiations, Alpha Management - representing Hillside Urban Properties LLC - with the help of legal forms and now intimitadation through eviction notices.
Malden/Medford Tenants formed to protest unreasonable rent increases and to negotiate a fair and equitable solution for both tenants and landlord.
After many tries the ownership refused to make a group agreement but to offer unreasonable terms on a lease that negatively affects individuals who have occupied the units when purchased
A tenant association (or tenant organization) may be made up of
tenants who live in a certain building or development, or membership
may be on a larger scale -- i.e. renters in a city who belong to a
county or citywide local tenants' association. These groups are
formed and maintained with a number of goals in mind, including:
Informing tenants of their rights
under local, state, and federal law.
Organizing and lobbying on behalf
of tenants and tenants' rights, especially at city and county levels
relationships, building conditions, and services for tenants under a
"strength in numbers" model.
- Encouraging regular communication and community awareness
Tenant Associations: The Right to Organize
Tenant associations usually hold periodic meetings in order to
encourage active tenant participation, and to promote tenants'
awareness of the association's role and available services.
Just as most employers are prohibited from discriminating or
retaliating against employees who have joined a labor union, federal
and state fair housing laws dictate that landlords cannot take any
negative action based solely on a tenants' participation or
membership in a tenant association or similar organization. Examples
of prohibited landlord conduct include:
Arbitrary rent increases;
Refusal to make necessary repairs;
Threats of eviction
In addition, a landlord may not prevent a tenant association from
meeting in a common area on the building's premises if other groups
are allowed to do so, as long as the circumstances of the meeting
(i.e. time, place, noise level) are reasonable.
If you are a tenant in a large residential building or
development, or if you rent your home in a mid- to large-size city,
you may have the opportunity to get involved in a tenant association
or organization. To find out more, contact your city's housing