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How to register a rental property

How to register a rental property

If you own a rental property, you must register it with the City each year. There are two ways to register.

Step
1

Before you get started by mail

You must register your rental property every year. The deadline to register is July 1.

If you don't register and pay the fee by the deadline, we may charge you a penalty of $300 each month until you do. If you've never registered your property, please do so right away. You need to pay registration fees back to 2013.

You still have to register even if:

  • your property is vacant or being renovated
  • your tenants are relatives who are 18 or older and not on the deed, or
  • you don't collect rent on the units.

You don’t have to register if the property is:

  • owned by a City, state, or federal agency, or
  • it’s a rooming house, dorm, or lodging house (with a valid lodging license).

Once you register your property, we'll inspect it at least once every five years. Learn more about inspections.

Step
2

Get your info together

Print out and complete the rental registration form. Please remember to include:

  • your contact information
  • the number of units you own at each address, and
  • a signed agreement to follow all State and City regulations.

You need to include a check or money order made payable to the City of Boston. The registration fees are:

  • $25 for each unit for first-time registrations, and
  • $15 for each unit for renewal registrations.

The most you'll have to pay is $2,500 for each building or $5,000 for each complex you own.

Step
3

Mail your registration to us

You can send your application, documents, and payment to:

Inspectional Services Department, Housing Division
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Step
1

Before you get started in person

You must register your rental property every year. The deadline to register is July 1.

If you don't register and pay the fee by the deadline, we may charge you a penalty of $300 each month until you do. If you've never registered your property, please do so right away. You need to pay registration fees back to 2013.

You still have to register even if:

  • your property is vacant or being renovated
  • your tenants are relatives who are 18 or older and not on the deed, or
  • you don't collect rent on the units.

You don’t have to register if the property is:

  • owned by a City, state, or federal agency, or
  • it’s a rooming house, dorm, or lodging house (with a valid lodging license).

Once you register your property, we'll inspect it at least once every five years. Learn more about inspections.

Step
2

Get your info together

Print out and complete the rental registration form. Please remember to include:

  • your contact information
  • the number of units you own at each address, and
  • a signed agreement to follow all State and City regulations.

You need to include a check or money order made payable to the City of Boston. The registration fees are:

  • $25 for each unit for first-time registrations, and
  • $15 for each unit for renewal registrations.

The most you'll have to pay is $2,500 for each building or $5,000 for each complex you own.

Step
3

Bring us your registration

You can bring your application, documents, and payment to:

Inspectional Services, Housing Division
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Need to Know:

Still have questions? Call us at 617-635-1010, and select option 3.

Contact:
Inspectional Services
617-635-5300
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States