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Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In Posted on Aug 18

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In

Once you’ve learned your rights as a tenant before you move in, it’s time to figure out what happens after you move in. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) share information about your rights once you have signed a lease and   …Continue Reading Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 1: Before You Move In Posted on Aug 16

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 1: Before You Move In

According to the United States Census Bureau (USCB), as of 2014, more than 37 percent of Massachusetts homes were occupied by renters. Searching for a rental home, signing a lease, and meeting new neighbors can be exciting, but it’s important to know your rights as a   …Continue Reading Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 1: Before You Move In

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm Posted on Jul 14

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Massachusetts is vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes — and the damage they cause. Our last two major storms were Hurricane Bob in 1991 and Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Although the   …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes Posted on Jul 5

Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

No one wants to spend their summer worrying about ticks and mosquitoes. Although it’s hard to escape these pests altogether, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito and tick bites — and the illnesses they can cause. The Department   …Continue Reading Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

Summer Home Cooling Tips Posted on Jun 30

Summer Home Cooling Tips

It can be tough to enjoy those sultry summer days when your energy bills are rising as fast as the temperatures. Thankfully, a few simple changes can help keep your home cool without blowing your budget. Inside Your Home We’re creatures of habit, but there   …Continue Reading Summer Home Cooling Tips

How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year Posted on Jun 14

How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year

Between fans and air conditioners in the summer and heaters in the winter, Massachusetts residents are almost always running systems to heat or cool their homes. However, you can easily boost your home’s energy efficiency —  for the summer and the winter — to keep   …Continue Reading How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year

How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement Posted on May 19

How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement

For some, retirement is a welcome (and much-needed) extended vacation, but what if you miss tackling tough projects at work, or want to take this time to find your second calling? The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Conservation and Recreation   …Continue Reading How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement

Learn How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home Posted on May 10

Learn How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

Simple safety tips from the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and regular home maintenance can reduce the risk of electrical fires, keeping you and your family safe.

Adopting in Massachusetts: How to Apply Posted on Apr 28

Adopting in Massachusetts: How to Apply

Whether you have struggled to have a child or always planned to adopt, choosing to adopt is an incredible gift for your family and a child in need. Many of the children waiting to be adopted in Massachusetts have experienced loss and hardship, and just   …Continue Reading Adopting in Massachusetts: How to Apply

Preventing Child Abuse in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 19

Preventing Child Abuse in Massachusetts

This is a guest blog post from the Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1988. Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect across the Bay State. Through decades of research, programs, and evaluation, we have learned that   …Continue Reading Preventing Child Abuse in Massachusetts