About the Condominium Review Board

The Condominium Review Board is comprised of five members (two home owners, two tenants and one elderly, handicapped or low or 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.

  • Conversion and Removal Process

  • Meetings

  • Links

  • 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. The table below outlines the tenant protections provided under the ordinance.

 

Low to moderate income tenants[1], elderly tenants[2], and tenants with disabilities[3]

All other tenants

Notification Period Required

At least 2 years

At least 1 year

Notification Procedure Required

Notice must advise tenants of their rights and must be personally served or sent via certified mail.

Notice must advise tenants of their rights and must be personally served or sent via certified mail.

Right of First Refusal

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.

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.

Relocation Reimbursement

Actual moving expenses up to $300 or one month’s rent, whichever is higher

None

 

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

Household Size

1 person

2 people

3 people

4 people

5 people

6 people

7 people

8 people

Income Limit

$54,750

$62,550

$70,350

$78,150

$84,450

$90,700

$96,950

$103,200

[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 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 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 2018:

Application Due Date

Meeting Date

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018 Monday, August 22, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

[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.

  • Zachary Zasloff (Chairman)
  • Dan Maltzman (Vice Chairman)
  • William Medeiros
  • Marlene Smithers
  • Victor Silva

The following are the rights currently afforded to tenants whose property owners are seeking to convert their units from rental to condominium units, as defined by the Condominium Conversion Ordinance:


Right to Continued Occupancy: You have the right to continued occupancy of your rental unit for one year from the date of receipt of this Notice or until the expiration of your rental agreement, whichever, is longer; furthermore, if you are Elderly, Handicapped, or Low/Moderate Income, you have the right to continued occupancy of your rental unit for two years from the date of the receipt of this Notice or until the expiration of your rental agreement, whichever is longer. The one-year and two-year notice period are applicable regardless of whether your rental agreement is in the form of a lease or a month-to-month tenancy at will.

Right to Extend Terms of Rental Agreement: If the one-year or two-year Notice period referred to above is longer than the term of your tenancy in your rental agreement, then the Landlord must extend the term of your tenancy to coincide with the expiration of the Notice period.

Tenant’s Right to Non-disturbance/Landlord’s Right of Access: For so long as you have the right to occupy your rental unit, the landlord is not allowed to rehabilitate, repair, or make improvements to your rental unit, except for ordinary and necessary repairs, nor is the landlord allowed to interfere with your quiet use and enjoyment of common areas creating unreasonable disruption of such areas. You may not, however, unreasonably withhold consent to the landlord or his agents to enter your unit in order to inspect it or show it to prospective purchasers or their contractors, provided the landlord gives you at least two day’s advance notice and requests entry only at reasonable times.

Right to Essential Services: Any tenant who experiences interruption or discontinuance of essential services in his or her dwelling unit or in the common area of the housing accommodation may notify the Condominium Review Board and the Building and Health Departments of the City of Somerville. The Building and Health Departments shall, upon notification by the tenant and verification that such interruption does exist, order appropriate corrective action.

Right to Terminate: You have the right to terminate your rental agreement without penalty or any other termination charge, even if your rental agreement is a written lease, so long as you give written notice to the landlord at least thirty (30) days in advance, on or before the day of the month on which rent is due and payable.

Right to Purchase: You have the right to purchase your rental unit on terms and conditions which are at least as favorable as those which the Landlord makes available to the public, provided you execute a mutually agreeable form of purchase and sale agreement within thirty (30) days after you receive such form of agreement from the landlord.

Right to Relocation Benefits: If you do not purchase your rental unit or another rental unit in the building and you qualify as low to moderate income (your income is at or below the income limits that correspond to your household size outlined in the table below ), you have the right to relocation benefits for actual moving expenses to a maximum amount of $300.00 or one month’s rent, whichever is higher.

Right to Judicial Review: Any person who is aggrieved by an action, regulation, or order of the board, may seek review of such action. Violations of this article may be prosecuted by any member of the board of aldermen, the mayor, or the board by majority vote. The district court for the Somerville judicial district shall have jurisdiction over all such actions and complaints. The superior court shall have jurisdiction to restrain by injunction any violation of this article.

Method of Giving Notice: This Notice must be given to you by one of the following methods: Personally given to you in the presence of a witness or with your acknowledgement of receipt; mailed certified or registered mail, first class, postage prepaid; served by a constable; Express –mailed with a signature receipt; or delivered by FedEx or other recognizable mail service with evidence of a signature indicating receipt.