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This proposed law would prohibit rent control for most privately owned housing units in Massachusetts, and would nullify certain existing rent control laws, except that cities and towns would be authorized to adopt a restricted form of rent control for a six month period, after which compliance by property owners would be voluntary.

The proposed law would prohibit any city or town from enacting, maintaining or enforcing any law that requires below-market rents for residential properties. It would also prohibit the regulation of occupancy, services, evictions, condominium conversion, or the removal of the unit from rent control, if such regulation was part of a system requiring below-market rents. Existing state and local rent control laws would be nullified. The proposed law would not affect publicly owned or subsidized housing, federally assisted housing, or mobile homes.

Cities and towns would be authorized to adopt rent control for a six-month period on housing units that have a fair market rent of $400 or less and that are owned by a person or entity owning ten or more rental units. Such rent control could not include the regulation of occupancy, services, evictions, condominium conversion, or the removal of the unit from rent control. The city or town would have to pay the owners of rent-controlled units the difference between the controlled rent and the fair market rent. After six months, owners of rent-controlled units would not be required to comply with the rent control regulation or with any other such regulation that the city or town might adopt in the future.

The proposed law would take effect on January 1, 1995. The proposed law states that if any of its provisions were declared invalid, the other provisions would remain in effect.

1994 Nov 8 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 9 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives before May 4, 1994?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
10,633
10,304
1,352
20,937
22,289
Precinct 1
 
358
304
76
662
738
Precinct 2
 
442
386
78
828
906
Precinct 3
 
388
311
58
699
757
Precinct 1
 
491
215
102
706
808
Precinct 2
 
440
510
68
950
1,018
Precinct 3
 
464
529
60
993
1,053
Precinct 1
 
480
569
94
1,049
1,143
Precinct 2
 
471
471
56
942
998
Precinct 3
 
558
574
89
1,132
1,221
Precinct 1
 
479
357
79
836
915
Precinct 2
 
464
424
71
888
959
Precinct 3
 
474
464
42
938
980
Precinct 1
 
551
431
43
982
1,025
Precinct 2
 
576
491
54
1,067
1,121
Precinct 3
 
513
594
50
1,107
1,157
Precinct 1
 
644
735
42
1,379
1,421
Precinct 2
 
557
682
72
1,239
1,311
Precinct 3
 
519
553
36
1,072
1,108
Precinct 1
 
593
622
48
1,215
1,263
Precinct 2
 
483
579
66
1,062
1,128
Precinct 3
 
688
503
68
1,191
1,259
Totals
 
10,633
10,304
1,352
20,937
22,289