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Old 07-26-2017, 03:34 PM
 
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Families with kids are more than welcome to rent if they specify they need the apartment deleaded and agree upon rent that is reflective of deleading expense. Families who want to abuse the law to score a heavily discounted non-deleaded apartment and force the landlord to delead after the fact need to be force-fed a pound of powdered dry lead paint.
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Old 07-26-2017, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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So you're saying they're obligated to rent to a family with children even though there's 30 other more profitable and trouble-free renters without children competing for the same apartment? That's very interesting to say the least.
I mean, you clearly can discriminate, it's just against the law. It's also illegal to only rent to certain races because "they're less trouble." From my understanding it's fairly easy to get away with it.
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Old 07-26-2017, 03:55 PM
 
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Families with kids are more than welcome to rent if they specify they need the apartment deleaded and agree upon rent that is reflective of deleading expense. Families who want to abuse the law to score a heavily discounted non-deleaded apartment and force the landlord to delead after the fact need to be force-fed a pound of powdered dry lead paint.
Yes, that's called discrimination.
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:08 PM
 
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Yes, that's called discrimination.
And thanks to that idiotic law that allows renters to screw landlords and all the idiots who support it, no one here rents to families with kids. If you want something expensive you gotta pay for it, no one is going to give it to you for free.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:25 PM
 
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We we quantify 'how much' de-leading actually costs. I've heard it can cost as high as 15k per unit.

How if the landlord just bought the the unit, I can see it being an issue but for landlords who have owned for 15 years+, this should be manageable especially since its a one-time cost and is deductible (over time)

Any one have any real experience? I know that Boston REQUIRES that the de-leading be done by certified professionals.. but is it really more than 15k? and 2 months of time?
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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If you don't want to rent to families with kids you'll have to advertise the apartment by word of mouth not to the general public.
Right and that is often what people do.
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Old 07-26-2017, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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We we quantify 'how much' de-leading actually costs. I've heard it can cost as high as 15k per unit.

How if the landlord just bought the the unit, I can see it being an issue but for landlords who have owned for 15 years+, this should be manageable especially since its a one-time cost and is deductible (over time)

Any one have any real experience? I know that Boston REQUIRES that the de-leading be done by certified professionals.. but is it really more than 15k? and 2 months of time?
A previous poster in the thread said that they paid almost $20 thousand because they wanted to preserve their woodwork rather than replacing it with cheapo stuff.
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:37 PM
 
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Right and that is often what people do.
Thats a very interesting approach! Although unless you refuse to rent to couples, the renters are eventually going to have children. I guess at that point, you can just choose to take the unit off market for a a few months after their lease to stay within the law... and then look for new tenants again
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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Thats a very interesting approach! Although unless you refuse to rent to couples, the renters are eventually going to have children. I guess at that point, you can just choose to take the unit off market for a a few months after their lease to stay within the law... and then look for new tenants again
Using the logic of many people who are defending the landlords, they might as well just not rent to women at all because they can become pregnant and then you have to delead.
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:54 PM
 
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Using the logic of many people who are defending the landlords, they might as well just not rent to women at all because they can become pregnant and then you have to delead.
Find a deleaded apartment or buy one, why should someone else spend $40,000 (cost of deleading + two months worth of hotel) on you just because you couldn't keep your legs together? There's plenty of landlords who already chose to delead so they can charge higher rents.
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