Alderman Mark Niedergang: Somerville Condominium Conversion Ordinance Public Hearing Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

Please come to a Public Hearing on the proposed Condominium Conversion Ordinance, next Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. in Somerville City Hall. Proposed changes are designed to both protect the rights of property owners while also offering better protection to tenants especially the elderly, persons with disabilities, and persons with low and moderate incomes.

Everyone is welcome to testify. You may also submit written comments to BoardofAldermen@somervillema.gov & cityclerk@somervillema.gov by Fri., Feb. 8.

The proposal would increase the notification period for informing elderly, low- and moderate-income tenants, and persons with disabilities of an intent to convert a unit to a condo, increase relocation assistance ($$$) for tenants (with the greatest increases proposed for elderly and low- and moderate-income tenants and persons with disabilities), and strengthen provisions for a tenant’s rights to purchase.

You can learn more about all the proposed changes to the existing ordinance and find a detailed FAQ document, timeline, and other information at http://www.somervillema.gov/condo-conversion.

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