Michael E. Williamson: Amherst’s tenant zoning bylaw problematic

Published: 03-02-2023 9:13 PM

Being a rental house owner I read with interest a recent guest column by Alex Kent (“Gold rush in Amherst!” Gazette, Feb. 18). In the column, the writer talks about the Amherst Tenant Zoning Bylaw. In particular the requirement of said bylaw is that no more than 4 unrelated tenants may occupy a dwelling. The writer complains that renters and owners frequently disobey this town law and the town does not enforce it. After doing some research, I learned that in the state of Massachusetts it is illegal to ask tenants and prospective tenants certain questions. On that list are questions regarding ancestry and marital status. In effect, the town of Amherst is asking rental homeowners to violate the law in Massachusetts regarding questions of tenants that the state does not allow and terms illegal.

Michael E. Williamson

Amherst 

]]>

Yesterday's Most Read Articles

A Sideways Glance with Richard Bogartz: How’s this for Amherst’s new name? Emily
South County Senior Center opts not to renew church lease after rift over LGBTQ program
Martha Jorz: Stop supporting UMass and Raytheon
Annette Pfannebecker: Vote yes for Shores Ness and for Deerfield
UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
Don Michak: Dig deeper after scandalous court ruling in Soldiers' Home case