About the Condominium Review Board

The Condominium Review Board has the power and the duty to enforce the provisions of the Somerville Condominium Conversion Ordinance (Ordinance 1985-9), which aims to protect tenants in rental property that is being converted to condominiums or otherwise being removed from the market. The Board is responsible for enforcing the requirements of the Ordinance and creating rules and regulations that are necessary for enforcement.

  • Conversion and Removal Process

  • Meetings

  • Links

  • Members

Property owners who intend to remove rental units from the market must apply to the Condominium Review Board and must be granted a Removal Permit. The Board meets monthly to review Removal Permit applications and vote on the issuance of Removal Permits. In deciding whether to approve a property owner’s Removal Permit application, the Board verifies that the tenant protections provided under the Somerville Condominium Conversion Ordinance are upheld and that the application and all supporting documents are complete and acceptable. The information below outlines the tenant protections provided under the ordinance:

Protections for Low to Moderate Income Tenants[1], Elderly Tenants[2], and Tenants with Disabilities[3]

  • At least 2 years notice
  • Notice must advise tenants of their rights and must be personally served or sent via certified mail.
  • Within 30-days of the granting of a Removal Permit or filing of a master deed, the owner must make a written offer to convey each unit to the tenant who leases that unit, and the offer must remain open for 30 days.
  • Only for low-moderate income tenants, a relocation reimbursement for actual moving expenses up to $300 or one month’s rent, whichever is higher.

Protections for All Other Tenants

  • At least 1-year notice
  • Notice must advise tenants of their rights and must be personally served or sent via certified mail.
  • Within 30-days of the granting of a Removal Permit or filing of a master deed, the owner must make a written offer to convey each unit to the tenant who leases that unit, and the offer must remain open for 30 days.

 

 

[1]Income Limits for Low-Moderate Income Households by household size:

Household Size

1 person

2 person

3 person

4 person

5 person

6 person

7 person

8 person

Income Limit

$51,150

$58,450

$65,750

$73,050

$78,900

$84,750

$90,600

$96,450

[2]Someone who is at least 62 years of age.

[3]Someone who meets the definition of a “Physically Handicapped Person” as defined in Section 13A of Chapter 22 of the Massachusetts General Laws.

The Condominium Review Board meets each month on the last or second to last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Complete applications and other required documents must be filed by the Wednesday before each meeting in order to be reviewed by the Condominium Review Board at the meeting. Please submit complete applications to the OSPCD Housing Division at 50 Evergreen Ave., Somerville, MA 02145. Removal permits are filed with the OSPCD Housing Division and applicants may pick up removal permits at the address listed above or permits can be sent via mail or email upon request.

Below is a list of the application due dates and corresponding meeting dates in 2017:

Application Due Date

Meeting Date

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

[1]Income Limits for Low-Moderate Income Households by household size

Household Size

1 person

2 person

3 person

4 person

5 person

6 person

7 person

8 person

Income Limit

$51,150

$58,450

$65,750

$73,050

$78,900

$84,750

$90,600

$96,450

 

View links to the Somerville Condominium Conversion Ordinance, Removal Permit application, and useful information about some of the additional application requirements below:

The Condominium Review Board is comprised of five members (two homeowners, two tenants and one elderly, handicapped or low or moderate income Somerville resident) chosen by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen.

  • Daniel Maltzman, Tenant representative
  • William Medeiros, Elderly, low-moderate income, disabled tenant representative
  • Marlene Smithers, Homeowner representative
  • Zachary Zasloff, Homeowner representative
  • (Vacant)