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The Landlords' Business Association (LBA) was started in 1989 as a result of a local rent review ballot question, which would have granted the town rent control authority. Our 12 founding members successfully defeated the ballot by developing a real grassroots campaign organization. Today the LBA has over 100 members and continues to lobby state and local agencies and officials for its members.

The association serves Franklin and Hampshire county with members in the towns of Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Gill, Greenfield, Heath, Hawley, Leyden, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Shelburne, Shelburne Falls, Sunderland, Turners Falls and Whately.

Our members abide by a "Code of Ethics", which includes cooperating with state and local housing officials and agencies.

We aspire to serve our tenants well and be a credit to our neighborhoods.

Remember, you're not alone.

The Members of the Landlords' Business Association do hereby consent to the following Articles as regards the conduct of their business of providing rental housing:

Article 1: We will abide all state and local housing codes.

Article 2: We will conduct ourselves in a professional manner and share a spirit of friendly cooperation with our fellow landlords and avoid the use of unfair competitive practices.

Article 3: We will charge rents that are in accordance with the fair market values of our geographic area.

Furthermore, the members of the Landlords' Business Association encourage and promote the following aspirations to be part of their normal and usual policies and actions:

  1. Give a prompt response to any and all tenant requests

  2. Absentee landlords should have local representation

  3. If away for extended period of time, local landlords will provide for alternate representation for their tenants in case of emergencies

  4. Cooperation with enforcement agencies concerning health code issues

  5. Maintain exterior of building and grounds in a manner that is a credit to the neighborhood

  6. Recognize the authority of the Association and its Executive Board in all matters relating to the interpretation of the "Code of Ethics"

For more information on the "Code of Ethics" or about the LBA:

E-mail Us or call us at: (413) 773-7LBA

Code of Ethics
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