About the Condominium Review Board

Please be advised that as of August 23rd, 2019, the updated Condominium Conversion Ordinance is in full effect. The updated application can be found here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Hannah Carrillo at 617-625-6600 ext 2575 or email at [email protected]. Any applications already submitted under the previous Ordinance will not be impacted by this update, and will be reviewed under the previous Ordinance. No further applications under the previous Ordinance will be accepted. Information about the updated Ordinance can be found here: https://www.somervillema.gov/condo-conversion

For Affordable Housing Organizations: Find out how to apply for prequalification here.

Please find the City’s response to a flyer sent out by the Somerville Property Owner’s Coalition here: City Reponse to SPOC Flyer


The Condominium Review Board is comprised of five members (two home owners, two tenants and one elderly, handicapped or low-to-moderate income Somerville resident) chosen by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen. The Board is charged with the enforcement of condominium conversions and the removal of rental units from the market. The Board is responsible for conducting hearings and for surveying and updating information concerning rental units in the City.

 

  • Condominium Conversion

  • Meetings

  • Forms & Information

  • Members

  • Tenants' Rights

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.

Please be advised: if you are applying for Condominium Conversion and have tenants in any of your units, those tenants need at least two weeks’ notice from the Condominium Review Board prior to any hearing. Because of this, please submit your application at least three weeks prior to any hearing you would like to attend so that your tenants can receive proper notice. If you do not submit your application with enough time to allow Staff to properly notify your tenants, your application will be held over until the next meeting so proper notice can be provided. Thank you.

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

$62,450 $71,400 $80,300 $89,200

$96,350

$103,500 $110,650 $117,750

The Condominium Review Board meets each month on the last or second to last Monday of the month at 6 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 completed 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 2019 and 2020. All applications are due by noon (12 p.m.) of the application date.

Please be advised that the CRB reserves the right to limit the number of applications on any given agenda to allow for meetings to be kept at a reasonable length.

CRB Meeting (Mon.)

Deadline w/ Tenants (Mon.)

Deadline w/o Tenants (Wed.)

Jan. 27, 2020 Jan. 6, 2020 Jan. 22, 2020
Feb. 24, 2020 Feb. 3, 2020 Feb. 19, 2020
Mar. 23, 2020 Mar. 2, 2020 Mar. 18, 2020
Apr. 27, 2020 Apr. 6, 2020 Apr. 22, 2020
Jun. 1, 2020 May 11, 2020 May 27, 2020
Jun. 29, 2020 Jun. 8, 2020 Jun. 24, 2020
Jul. 27, 2020 Jul. 6, 2020 Jul. 22, 2020
Aug. 24, 2020 Aug. 3, 2020 Aug. 19, 2020
Sept. 28, 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 (Tues.) Sept. 23, 2020
Oct. 26, 2020 Oct. 5, 2020 Oct. 21, 2020
Nov. 23, 2020 Nov. 2, 2020 Nov. 18, 2020
Dec. 21, 2020 Nov. 30, 2020 Dec. 16, 2020

Please be advised: If you are applying for Condominium Conversion and have tenants in any of your units, those tenants need at least two weeks’ notice from the Condominium Review Board prior to any hearing. Because of this, please submit your application at least three weeks prior to any hearing you would like to attend so that your tenants can receive proper notice. If you do not submit your application with enough time to allow Staff to properly notify your tenants, your application will be held over until the next meeting so proper notice can be provided. You can find the schedule of hearing dates and deadlines below. Thank you.

 

View links to the Somerville Condominium Conversion Ordinance, Conversion 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.

  • Zachary Zasloff (Chairman)
  • Elizabeth Janiak
  • Vikram Kanda
  • William Medeiros
  • Patricha Paul