Attention Property Owners and Management Companies

There has been a change regarding the process for requesting rent increases. Contract rent increase requests may only be submitted using this LINK. The link can also be found in the Metro Housing|Boston Property Owner Portal found on our website HERE. For more information, please visit HERE

As of February 15, 2024, Metro Housing is no longer providing an apartment search service its website.

There have recently been an increasing number of tenants who have been victimized by fake apartment listings on our website. Tracking and certifying honest apartment postings has become more time consuming and fraught with possible fraud.

Metro Housing|Boston partners with more than 4,300 rental assistance property owners and property management companies, offering them a variety programs and services including a free online apartment listing service, leasing assistance, inspections, and the Home Modification Loan Program.

THE CITY OF BOSTON HELPS ELIGIBLE HOMEOWNERS COVER THE COSTS OF LEAD REMOVAL. VISIT HERE FOR DETAILS.

THE MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES (EOHLC, F/K/A DHCD) DIVISION OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE (DRA) CURRENTLY OFFERS ONE-TIME SECURITY DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE TO CERTAIN VOUCHER HOUSEHOLDS WHO ARE MOVING INTO A NEW APARTMENT/UNIT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO HERE.

For Landlords/Property Owners With RAFT Applicants

The RAFT application system requires both a tenant application and a landlord application for tenants who are requesting rental assistance. Landlords and property owners can (a) begin the RAFT application process for their tenants who may need to request financial assistance for overdue rent OR (b) complete the application once the tenant has submitted their application.

To begin the landlord/property owner application process, you must first register an account as a new user if you have not already done so here: User Registration (mass.gov)

***Your account must have info entered for the Payee, Properties, and Payment Methods sections on your profile before you can apply.

Once a landlord/property owner has an account, you can apply here: MA Emergency Housing Payment Assistance Portal (mass.gov) If your tenant has already completed their application at the time you are submitting the landlord application, be sure to include the Tenant Application Code that you received in your email. Note that the Tenant Application Code is different from their Case ID.

For more guidance on how to apply and create a landlord profile, please utilize this reference guide: Housing Assistance Application Reference Guide (mass.gov)

For a list of landlords’/property owners’ Frequently Asked Questions, visit: Landlord FAQs download (mass.gov)

For other resources, including recordings of webinars about Landlord/Property Owner RAFT Application Portal, visit: RAFT Public Resource and Training Portal | Mass.gov

Communities we serve

Metro Housing|Boston serves individuals and families, as well property owners, in 30 communities throughout Greater Boston.

  • Arlington
  • Bedford
  • Belmont
  • Boston
  • Braintree
  • Brookline
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Chelsea
  • Everett
  • Lexington
  • Lynn*
  • Malden
  • Medford
  • Melrose
  • Milton
  • Newton
  • North Reading
  • Quincy
  • Reading
  • Revere
  • Somerville
  • Stoneham
  • Wakefield
  • Waltham
  • Watertown
  • Wilmington
  • Winchester
  • Winthrop
  • Woburn

*Metro Housing|Boston does not administer RAFT, Voucher Programs, or HomeBASE assistance in Lynn. See Lynn Housing Authority.
*In addition to the 30 communities listed above, Metro Housing|Boston administers rental voucher programs in Holbrook, Randolph, and Weymouth. If you are specifically seeking RAFT assistance in those communities,
you must apply instead to Housing Solutions. (http://housingsolutionssema.org).

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