Kevin Kaminski and Maureen Clarke rented their dream home last November: A pre-Victorian farmhouse in Hamilton, Massachusetts, with a sun-drenched southern exposure, fireplaces in every room, original hardwood floors and more than an acre of land adjacent to a wooded park.
The couple’s landlord, the state of Massachusetts, threw in irresistible rent terms on the 25-year lease: $0.
The hitch? Dodge House, as it is known, needed a total renovation. Boarded up [...]