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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Posted on Feb 27

Seems like this old time bedtime warning is harder and harder to heed. Bed bug infestations are rampant in many areas of the country. In Massachusetts, landlords are responsible for eradicating insects as required by the State Sanitary Code. 105 CMR 410.550: Extermination of Insects,   …Continue Reading Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

George Washington Slept Here Posted on Feb 22

George Washington Slept Here

General George Washington had his headquarters in Cambridge during the Siege of Boston from July 1775 to April 1776. The 281st anniversary of Washington’s birth on February 22, 2013 will be celebrated at the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge with Washington   …Continue Reading George Washington Slept Here

Do landlords have rights in Massachusetts? Posted on Feb 20

Well, they certainly have many duties and responsibilities with  respect  to tenants; however, tenants also have many reciprocal duties and responsibilities.   The Greater Boston Real Estate Board has just published the eighth edition of Philip S. Lapatin’s The Landlord Survival Guide/A Must for Owners and Managers   …Continue Reading Do landlords have rights in Massachusetts?

Doesn’t a landlord have to provide window shades? Posted on Feb 18

What a landlord must legally provide to tenants in rental property is clearly listed in several sections of 105 CMR 410.  Among them are a kitchen sink, a working stove and oven, a toilet and washbasin, a bathtub or shower, light fixtures in the kitchen, bathroom, halls and stairways, heat (but not   …Continue Reading Doesn’t a landlord have to provide window shades?

Washington’s Birthday Posted on Feb 17

George Washington’s birthday became a federal holiday in 1878 for government offices in  the District of Columbia, and in 1885, the law was expanded to include all federal government offices.  The holiday was observed on Washington’s actual birthday of February 22.  “In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holidays Act, which moved   …Continue Reading Washington’s Birthday

Wages during a State of Emergency Posted on Feb 14

As advised by the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 (lines open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), what an employee must be paid for work if they left early because of the State of Emergency depends upon whether the person is union,   …Continue Reading Wages during a State of Emergency

Did you know that a friend can perfom your wedding ceremony? Posted on Feb 8

While couples are usually married by a member of the clergy or Justice of the Peace, they could also choose to have a friend or family member officiate at their wedding. This person simply needs to apply for a One Day Marriage Designationhttp://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/one-day-marriage/ from the Governor’s   …Continue Reading Did you know that a friend can perfom your wedding ceremony?

How we find our law . . . Posted on Feb 4

The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) has been introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature as House Bill No. 38.  If enacted, this law will ensure that primary source law, including state statutes and agency regulations, will be preserved and permanently available to the public in   …Continue Reading How we find our law . . .

It’s Marmot Day in Alaska Posted on Feb 2

It's Marmot Day in Alaska

Goundhog Day is not a legal holiday in the lower 48 states. In Alaska, Senate Bill No. 58, “An Act Establishing February 2 of each year as Marmot Day” was signed into law by then Governor Sarah Palin in 2009.Massachusetts legal holidays are listed by the   …Continue Reading It’s Marmot Day in Alaska