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The Small Landlord Letter

Rental housing policy & naturally affordable housing

Lenore Monello Schloming
Skip Schloming Ph.D.

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On this page

  • Goal of The Small Landlord Letter

  • Latest Letter

  • Previous Letters

  • Misc. Shorts

The Small Landlord Letter advocates for small landlords and their critical role in providing the vast majority of America's naturally affordable housing. "Naturally affordable" refers to rental housing at all income levels that is largely affordable, relative to tenant incomes, without any tax-funded subsidies.


Small landlords are defined as those who own one or more rental units on a part-time or full-time basis, do their own management and repairs without hired employees, and often have full-time jobs with benefits -- all factors that allow them to keep their rents lower. Small landlords also keep rents below market value for reliable, long-term tenants.


Unfortunately, excessive regulation on behalf of "tenant rights" and "tenant protections" tends to push rents up  and force small landlords out of the rental housing market. The Small Landlord Letter aims to explore the impacts of various landlord-tenant regulation.

For 23 years, Lenore Monello Schloming and Skip Schloming, Ph.D., were president and executive director, respectively, of the Small Property Owners Association. During our tenure, we published over 200 monthly newsletters on nearly every aspect of landlord-tenant law and regulation in Massachusetts. We resigned from SPOA in October 2021.

Our writings include:

  • The Small Landlord Letter, on the role of small landlords, who provide affordable housing for America's moderate- and low-income tenants, yet small landlords are being forced out of the rental market by ill-conceived regulation (

  • Wild to Civilized, human movement patterns from the prehistoric African wilderness to today’s global industrial civilization, based on our doctoral dissertations in sociology (

  • That Emperor’s Fool, a musical for all ages, a fantasy satire based on the Emperor’s New Clothes, ready for premiere production (

  • In progress: Rents in America: The failure of rental housing policy in Massachusetts and nationwide, based on experience in Boston, Cambridge, and Massachusetts, and on nationwide laws usually drafted by free lawyers for tenants, the socialist legal-services lawyers in every U.S. state and territory, funded by tax dollars.

See our Bios on the Bios & Contact page.

Latest Letter

  • Oppose tenant right to purchase (“right of first refusal”)

A “tenant right to purchase,” also called “tenant right of first refusal,”gives a tenant or group of tenants the ability to purchase the property they live in before the owner can sell it to a willing private buyer who the owner has already found, a buyer who has signed a Purchase & Sale (P&S) agreement and made a deposit. The result is delays of six months and longer... Read more...

Previous Letters

  • Rent control: All about power, not housing

  • What ARE the rents?

  • Rent control rejected 5 times in Massachusetts

    Go to Previous Letters

Miscellaneous Shorts Comments short & longer on various topics

  • Why we never got the science about Covid

  • Covid funds for rental assistance go to nonprofits, not small landlords

  • And more....

    Go to Miscellaneous Shorts

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