MASSACHUSETTS SENATE ENDORSES WEST STOCKBRIDGE PETITION TO ESTABLISH LOCAL RENT CONTROL BOARD
Boston – Today, under the leadership of State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D - Pittsfield), the Massachusetts Senate gave preliminary approval to S. 2351 – An Act providing for the establishment and administration of rent regulations and the control of evictions in mobile home accommodations in the town of West Stockbridge.
S. 2351, a home rule petition approved by the voters of West Stockbridge during a Special Town Meeting on June 25, 2012, was sponsored jointly by Downing and State Representative Smitty Pignatelli (D – Lenox). The legislation authorizes West Stockbridge to establish a rent control board for the purpose of regulating rent adjustments, minimum standards for occupancy, and evictions of tenants in the town’s mobile home parks.
The bill was modeled after a similar Special Act signed into law in 1987 on behalf of the Town of Cheshire.
The legislation must obtain final enactment by both the House of Representatives and the Senate before it can be forwarded to the Governor for his review and approval.