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

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.

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.

Relocation Reimbursement

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

**Only available to low-moderate income tenants**

None

 

[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 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

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