“Ask Toni & Maria” is a real estate column written by Toni Gilardi and Maria DiTullio from Elite Boston Landmark Realty. Have them answer your questions in an upcoming column by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies, always enjoy reading your column. You missed an opportunity to remind businesses and residents to sweep up/clean up around their own property. Just like City Hall, we all have a responsibility to be good neighbors.
You are absolutely correct. Keeping this neighborhood clean is a collective effort! For the most part owner occupants are pretty diligent. Any property owner who is not on the premises 24/7 finds it more difficult to control. (You can’t fix what you don’t see. NO EXCUSE) Sometimes, it is not the occupants of the building where the trash is found. We have heard stories of people from the sub-burbs, who do not want to pay for trash removal, dumping on our City Streets. The list goes on. Talking to your tenants or even providing the proper trash/ recycling bags helps. If the City would STOP allowing trash on the Streets overnight mishaps would be avoided. Perhaps the City could provide and maintain more barrels??? We have to start somewhere.
Hi Toni and Maria,
I bought my place back in 2010 and received the new homeowner’s tax credit. I believe one of the terms for keeping that money is that you must be a resident in that place for three years. However, I am likely relocating for work in the next few months and am unsure if I should just rent out my condo and pay back the money to the government, or if I should keep it unoccupied for a few months until it has been three years, and then rent it out or list it. What are the specific terms for the credit? Can I list my home prior to the three year time limit, so long as settlement does not take place until after?
Thanks for writing in. We did a little checking for you and found it to be true. You would need to have the property as your primary residence for 36 months. You can get more facts, rules/regulations on the IRS Web-site. We also recommend you seek private advice from your Accountant. Good luck!