The Town of Winthrop Massachusetts


The Town of Winthrop is a municipality in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. It is an oceanside suburban community in the Greater Boston area, situated at the north entrance to Boston Harbor, close to Logan International Airport. The town is on a peninsula, 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2) in area, connected to Revere by a narrow isthmus and to East Boston by a bridge over the harbor inlet to the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the United States. It is also one of the smallest and most densely populated municipalities in Massachusetts.

The town is named after John Winthrop (1587-1649), second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and an English Puritan leader. On 8 April 1630, Winthrop departed from the Isle of Wight, England on the ship Arbella, arriving in Salem in June where he was met by John Endecott, the first governor of the colony. Winthrop served as governor for 12 of the colony’s first 20 years of existence.

The town of Winthrop is divided into several neighborhoods around the downtown area, including Court Park and Cottage Park along the Boston Harbor side of town, Point Shirley and Cottage Hill on either side of what was Shirley Gut and Winthrop Beach, Ocean Spray and Winthrop Heights on the Massachusetts Bay side. By land, Winthrop is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from Beacon Hill, the measuring point for all road signs in Massachusetts.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Winthrop, Massachusetts

As mentioned elsewhere on this website, property managers are typically on the front lines of lease negotiations. How well a property manager handles leasing negotiations can, in the long run, mean the difference between success or failure for the building. Sophisticated tenants will often ask for the right to audit building expenses reimbursed by the tenants. Unfortunately, there are landlords who charge their tenants for expenses that are not legitimate building pass-through costs. In terms of strategy, it is difficult to deny a tenant the right to audit pass-through charges. However, the audit provision can include restrictions to prevent the tenant from using the audit as an excuse to avoid or delay payment of these charges. The lease may state that the tenant must pay in full the assessed charges when due, with any agreed-upon discrepancy to be adjusted at a later time. The audit should be conducted within 60 days of the tenant receiving the year-end operating expense adjustments and can be for only the most current adjustment period. The audit must be conducted by a certified public accountant and the results must be kept confidential. Office tenants often ask for first right of refusal to expand into adjacent space. When a prospective tenant is interested in the adjacent vacant space, the landlord must first offer the space to the existing tenant. If this provision is not properly negotiated, it can either delay leasing or, worse, the prospect for the space may be lost due to a slow response from the existing tenant.