$875.00 - Large 3 BR/1 BA Alexander St. Springfield MA

Alexander St. 2nd fl. of two-family. 
Gas heat
Hardwood floors
Nice neighbors on 1st fl.
3 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
Please provide a little information about you and your family, as well as a contact number for consideration.  NO SMOKING - NO PETS!!!
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RENT $1,100

 Alexander St. 2nd fl. of two-family. 
Gas heat
Hardwood floors
Nice neighbors on 1st fl.
5-6 bedrooms
2 bathrooms

Please provide a little information about you and your family, as well as a contact number for consideration. 

Fuel Asistance in Springfield Massachusetts

Need help paying for home heating?
Keeping your heat on in the winter is extremely important, especially if someone in your home is elderly, disabled or under 6 years old, since being too cold can cause serious illness or death much more easily for them.
Also, sometimes when heat bills are too high, people use stoves, barbecue grills, improperly vented portable heaters,which can overload electrical circuits. These methods are dangerous, and can cause fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you are having trouble paying to heat your home, you can get helpNew England Farm Workers' Council (NEFWC) offers a Fuel Assistance Program for families that qualify based on household income. An additional benefit is available to households that require a larger than usual amount of energy.

**RENTED** 3-4 BR, 1 BA Apt. for Rent $900 --1500 Block of Dwight Street Springfield MA


Two-levels in two family READY 10/1/14
3-4 BR, 1 BA
Gas Heat
Tenant pays for heat (gas), hot water, and electric
Separate front porch
Small fenced in yard
Last month required
Security deposit required
W/D Hookup (Additional)
***If you qualify, first month's rent would be $450.00. 


Cash Assistance Programs - IN MASSACHUSETTS -

Cash Assistance Programs

Click on a program name for more information:

Cash assistance programs in Massachusetts give financial help to low-income families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Cash assistance programs are for Massachusetts residents who need help paying for their basic living expenses.


TAFDC is a government program that gives cash assistance and other benefits to low-income families with dependent children. TAFDC is sometimes called "welfare" or "public assistance." To qualify for TAFDC, you must have a child or be pregnant. You must have little income and few assets. Many families must also meet work and school requirements. Use the online TAFDC Eligibility Check to see if you might qualify for benefits.


EAEDC provides cash and other benefits to low-income elders, disabled and children. EAEDC is for families and individuals who do not qualify for other cash assistance programs. The amount of monthly benefits you get depends on your family size, your living situation, and your income. Use the online EAEDC Eligibility Check to see if you might qualify for benefits.

Supplemental Security Income

SSI is a need-based cash assistance program. SSI helps elders age 65 or older, and adults or children who are blind or disabled. SSI is for people with little income or resources. Use the online SSI Eligibility Check to see if you might qualify for benefits.

Veterans' Services

Veterans' Services (VS) is a public assistance program for Massachusetts wartime veterans and their families who need help paying for food, shelter, and other basic needs, and medical care. VS also provides referrals to employment, education, housing, substance abuse treatment, and other services to help veterans find a permanent solution to their problems.

Cash Benefits for Workers

Massachusetts workers who retire, become disabled, lose their jobs through no fault of their own, or cannot work because of job-related injuries may be eligible for cash benefits based on employment. Cash benefits for workers are not need-based, but may depend on employment status, how long you have worked, and how much you have earned.
Cash benefits for workers include:

Understanding a CORI Report and Your Rights As a Tenant

If you are applying to rent housing — whether it is subsidized housing or market-rate housing — the following people or entities may request your Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) from the state:
  • a public housing authority or government agency that oversees any federal or state-funded public or subsidized housing, 
  • an individual private landlord,
  • a management company that owns housing or works for an owner, or
  • a real estate agent that works for a landlord or management company.
Exactly what information is on the CORI report depends upon who is asking for it. For more, read: What information is in a CORI report?


Small 1 BR, 1 BA on 2nd fl. of four-family for rent.
Hardwood floors
Separate LR/DR
Large kitchen
Enclosed private front porch
Secure building
Kensington Avenue in Springfield
Electric heat
First, last, sec. required ($1,800 required to move in)
Tenant pays for heat, hot water, and gas for cooking
Available 7/1/14
CORI check
References required

PLEASE PROVIDE US WITH information about you and/or your family dynamic.  We will contact you if we think you are a good fit.

The Surprising Facts Your Landlord Wishes You Knew

Most renters half (or whole) heartedly complain about their landlords, sometimes but not always really meaning the things we say. Landlords and the rental system seem to be necessary evils and we treat them as such, even though our landlords are only trying to do their jobs. Having a professional relationship with your landlord may just take paying your rent on time and being relatively quiet, but if you could have a great relationship with your landlord would you choose to?
Here are some surprising things your landlord wishes you knew and some ways to get above the landlord/tenant relationship.
1. Landlords want you to know that you are going to be around for a while. No landlord wants their tenants to skip out early on a lease, so they are looking for renters who might be around to renegotiate a lease. This saves them time advertising for new tenants and saves you the hassle of finding a new place to rent. Being financially stable and employed is definitely something landlords look out for, but they also want to know that you are living your life responsibly.

Apartment Rentals: The Dos and Don'ts of Looking for Cheap Apartment Rentals

Are you looking for an apartment to rent, but are you also on a tight budget? If so, most of your focus is going to be on finding cheap apartment rentals. As you know, these cheap rentals do have their pros and cons. When shopping around for living arrangements that you can afford, please keep these dos and don'ts in mind.
DO know that cheap rentals do exist. It is common for us to automatically assume that cheap apartment rentals are nothing but a dump. Yes, some of these units are less than appealing; however, you will come across a number of legitimate affordable units, rooms, and houses for rent. For example, lets say that a little old lady is renting a room out. She is more looking to have someone on the property with her for safety reasons than to say make a profit. For this reason, she is likely to charge a cheap rental rate.

Landlord and Tenant - A Contract in Real Estate

That is what it boils down to in renting property whether it is by lease or tenant-at-will. There are few things both parties should know.
First and foremost both parties need to be aware of the discrimination laws.
The federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate against someone in the sale or rental of housing because of a person's race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability.
Additionally, each state may have their own laws, for example, the Massachusetts Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate against someone in the sale or rental of housing because of a person's race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, veteran status, age, handicap/disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, children, public assistance, children/lead paint, or public assistance recipient (i.e. Section 8).   
The federal laws apply to every state but it is important that you check with your state regarding their own housing laws.
Secondly check with your city or town and find out if a Certificate of Habitability (or Occupancy) is required by the Landlord.
I know some Landlords do not like the idea of getting one for fear of problems but in truth it benefits both the Landlord and the Tenant. It assures a safe and clean environment for a Tenant and it protects the Landlord by making them aware of potential issues and documenting the condition of the apartment. If there are problems with the Tenant in the future the city knows what the conditions of the premises were when the Tenant moved in.
Thirdly a good relationship begins with due diligence. Both Landlords and Tenants have had good and bad experiences when it comes to renting and as a result assumptions form and cause issues in renting apartments or worse can lead to legal issues by not following the Fair Housing Laws.
For example, some Landlords do not want to rent to students, Section 8 Recipients, or families with children because they worry about having trouble with timely rental payments or property damage or drawn out expensive evictions.
Some Tenants assume that Landlords can afford late or missed rents, that it is not their responsibility to care for the apartment it is the Landlords or the "It's not my house so I don't care - I won't be here forever" attitude takes over.
The truth is not everyone is the same.
Landlords you might get a Section 8 Tenant that stays for years without ever giving you a problem or you might get a well-paid professional couple whose sense of entitlement leads to complaints and late payments and for you a massive headache.
Tenants you bear sole responsibility for your reputation as a Tenant. It is something that will follow you everywhere. You should be thinking of this apartment as your home since you will be living in it regardless of the length of time. Assuming that Landlords have "all this money" is ridiculous. Most Landlords have mortgages to pay as well as all of the other major expenses that come with home ownership. The fact is you may be paying a lot less than the Landlord when it comes to the apartment.
So if Landlords and Tenants exercise due diligence in checking out the facts when renting and dispel predispositions and assumptions a good long term contract in real estate can be found.
By Gina S Soldano, AHWD, e-Pro®, SFR®, REALTOR®
ERA Millennium Real Estate