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Motion of Execution Dealing with other occupants besides tenant
I have gone through the eviction process and have a motion of execution signed for by a judge. I am evicting my tenant but his girl friend moved in a...
0 3 days 4 hours ago
by Tech657
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parking spot rental
I have been renting a parking spot near my place of work for many years with a provision in the lease that landlord is responsible for snow removal. ...
0 1 week 1 day ago
by allieberg
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Tenant Parking Rights
Hi, I am renting an apartment and the lease indicates that I am allowed 1 car in the building's parking lot. I do not need to drive often and have...
0 1 week 1 day ago
by srhwvd
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Parking at complexes
Hi I'm looking for some information regarding Parking at complexes. When my boyfriend and I moved into this particular complex we were actually told t...
0 1 week 2 days ago
by Nterry403
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tenant overtaking too much space
I have a tenant that has started using areas not included in her lease in an obscene waY, including areas that were explicitly prohibited when she mov...
0 1 week 3 days ago
by amazewtdwtf
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Late rent
I am currently living in an apartment where our landlord recently hired a management company to collect rent.I am late on my rent, I have been paying ...
0 1 week 5 days ago
by Kristenlee33
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landlord retaliation regarding snow removal
We are 30 day tenant at will without a lease in a two family home in Ma. This question is in regards to snow removal and subsequent landlord retaliat...
0 1 week 5 days ago
by poohsta3
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Landlord Inspecting the Outside of the building without notice?
We had a bizarre issue happen last night. We have rented a single family home for the past 3 years. We pay our rent early every month, and keep the ho...
0 1 week 6 days ago
by HELP123
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Landlord Tenant
Tenant rents an apartment unit that has a coin operated dryer. Management used to service the dryer and tenant had to buy "laundry tokens" from manage...
0 2 weeks 8 hours ago
by Karina D.
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eviction
My landlord is going to be remodeling the whole building and is giving all tenants 4 months to find a new place and move out. My question is can he le...
1 2 weeks 4 days ago
by Bstangs1
2 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
Cleanup after rat infestation
Some months ago I noticed a rat in our basement as it ran from the garbage area and into our storage unit which is directly opposite the garbage room....
0 2 weeks 4 days ago
by DrRisotto
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No Rent for 4 Months - Abandoned?
Hello - I own a small house that I have rented (12 month lease) to a neighbor's son. The lease started in July 2014 and ends June 2015. The renter...
0 2 weeks 4 days ago
by klamarre
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Landlord's father sexually harassing
My sister is renting an apartment from my good friend; the friend's parents also live in the building on the first floor. The problem is the father h...
0 3 weeks 3 hours ago
by denisekandis
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Last months rent
My apartment since I moved in had the smell of third hand smoke. My landlord was no able to remedy the problem. When I paid January rent, which was ...
0 3 weeks 7 hours ago
by LisaKelley
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Please help! Liability of tenant at will after lessee dies?
My question is: Am I liable for the property of a deceased lessee? Short story: I moved into an apartment 6 months ago, renting the...
0 3 weeks 1 day ago
by WorriedSick
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Concord MA Requires a 4 month lease min during winter?
When I agreed to rent a place on a month to month bases I was told that due to Concord Ma legal requirements that the lease had to be a minimum of 4 m...
0 3 weeks 2 days ago
by Lucas
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Tenants want me to pay part of their high electric bill
Hello, My tenants electric bill (they pay for electricity) got higher within 2 months, from $250 to $600 and $800 for November, December and Janua...
0 3 weeks 3 days ago
by oblakovshtanax
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Landlord won't provide access to trash and recycling bins after snow storm
The owners of our building changed our lease a year ago, making tenants responsible for putting their own trash and recycling barrels on the curb for ...
0 3 weeks 4 days ago
by Brandenburg52
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How long does eviction take in Massachusetts?
I am the landlord. After inspection of the property, it was discovered that the occupants had made many alterations (without obtaining permission) whi...
5 1 year 50 weeks ago
by ck
3 weeks 5 days ago
by lawyer
Landlord changing lease after all signed, threatening At Will status and termination
I live in Massachusetts. I found a house with attached garage. My roommate and I signed a 1 year lease and the landlord repeatedly said we should move...
0 3 weeks 6 days ago
by LadyNewEngland
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eviction then retaliation
We are going to court for the second time in 2 years for non payment of rent. We are withholding rent again (yes its in a bank account) because nothin...
0 3 weeks 6 days ago
by lovingmom25
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Name on lease but not living in the unit
We resigned our lease last year with a girl we found on Craig's list. She electronically signed a lease with us for the unit we had been living in for...
0 4 weeks 1 day ago
by S.reiman55
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family witholding rent to get door fixed first
I am a social worker with early intervention working with a family. On Thanksgiving the father who was no longer living with the mother and two sons, ...
0 4 weeks 3 days ago
by manderson asc
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Downstairs Neighbor Issue
My partner and I are currently renting a condo unit on the 3rd floor of a 3 story building. We have been in the unit for about a year and a half now....
0 4 weeks 3 days ago
by masstenant65
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Neighbors riding four wheelers (townhouse)
I live in a small cluster of townhomes. One of our neighbors has two four wheelers, and they ride them at all hours of the day. The vehicles are ext...
0 4 weeks 4 days ago
by asdfx0rz
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Different move out date on addendum
Unfortunately, I just realized that there is a different move out date on an addendum to the lease that I signed. On a standard form apartment lease, ...
1 4 weeks 5 days ago
by sshank314
4 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
Utilities during evacuation
Thanks for this incredibly helpful website and these great forums! We were displaced in December for several days due to a neighbor's fire above our a...
1 4 weeks 6 days ago
by sue23
4 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
Landlord discrimination based on age.
I read that landlords cannot discriminate based on age, race, sex, sexuality etc. However I was shocked on my rental agreement that they specificall...
0 5 weeks 1 day ago
by Plasko
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Demand of lease renewal
Hello, I have the traditional Sept 1st, 1-year lease in Boston. It is late January, and I have already received two letters about notifying the la...
0 5 weeks 2 days ago
by Prswan08
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Listing Fee deducted from Security Deposit
I had rented out my apartment to a older gentleman who signed a one year lease. After 4 months he is moving out. He has paid for the four months and...
0 5 weeks 2 days ago
by kb333
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Can I rent a room with no stove
Dear MALAWFORUM, I have a single family house that is not my main home but more a "vacation" place. There is a main house and a detached unit. The ...
0 5 weeks 4 days ago
by nanvigne
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Landlord Harassment
We are at our wits end and don't know how to handle this issue. My boyfriend is being harassed by the landlord, but he just isn't the landlord he was ...
0 5 weeks 5 days ago
by RedHerring
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Pipes froze, then burst... No running water for almost a week now
I live in a run down apartment unit in allston with a very terrible landlord. I rent the basement room.Our pipes froze and then burst during the arcti...
1 6 weeks 5 days ago
by Shawn_girouard
6 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
Getting my name removed from lease
I recently moved out of an apartment that I was sharing with my gf. My name is still on the lease and I want it removed, my ex gf is dragging her feet...
1 7 weeks 2 days ago
by Themovement
7 weeks 7 hours ago
by Mass_LL
New Property Complex Owner & Mgmt Company-Validity of Lease
Here is my situation: My complex was owned and managed by Princeton Properties. It was recently sold to a new owner and that new owner chose Corcoran ...
0 7 weeks 2 days ago
by gerizzo
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Two landlords. One is making a very stressful living situation.
Hello... My boyfriend and I rent a single Family home. We are responsible for the whole house as well as the front and back yard. We pay all utilities...
0 7 weeks 4 days ago
by Apicard
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Which day is the rent due, if the lease does not specify?
If a lease does not specify which day the rent is due, what is the default in Massachusetts? Reasonable answers I can think of are: - the first da...
0 7 weeks 5 days ago
by myusername
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Tenant pay for oil
I own a duplex which I live in. My tenant is breaking his lease that he signed 3 moths ago because he wants to buy a house. He will be moving out in l...
0 7 weeks 6 days ago
by Ums00114996
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Renting to ex wife
I am going through a divorce. My wife's only source of income is likely to be SSDI. She is unable to work. One thought I've had is to buy a two fam...
0 8 weeks 8 hours ago
by deaconblues
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Charging for appliances?
My landlord lives in the apartment with me and has created a very complicated lease that includes clauses that say the tenant will have to pay for usi...
0 8 weeks 2 days ago
by Kathy12345
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Deceptive Practice or Breach of Habitability
I recently relocated to MA from NYC and moved into a single family house. Shortly after moving into the house, a host of issues came to surface. Th...
0 8 weeks 3 days ago
by underwater
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shelter tent
I live in a rental for 5 years. I have never missed a rent payment late 2-3 times if that. Well i had taken a lawn mower and trailer out.Theres no sto...
0 8 weeks 3 days ago
by ErikV383
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Can I avoid changes wanted by new landlord?
New owner of 80+-apt building, a mgmt corp, took possession yesterday, wants tenants to re-apply and be subject to many new restrictions. I'm 74, e...
0 8 weeks 4 days ago
by MMacD
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please help
Please help. We recently moved into our new apartment almost an year ago. We are tenants at will I suppose. Its a 3 story building with 3 apartments ...
0 8 weeks 4 days ago
by bellebeauty
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means of delivery
What are considered legal means of delivery for a 14 day notice to quit for a room mate in a private home? She owes a considerable amount of back ren...
0 10 weeks 4 hours ago
by johnb
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Notice and Double Rent
I lost my job and had to break my lease. According to my agreement I have to pay two months rent as fees and give a two months notice. I have paid the...
0 10 weeks 1 day ago
by ssb33ssb
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Inconsiderate Neighbors
We have lived in our apartment (3 family, bottom floor) for five years. No complaints about us and we have made no complaints about our neighbors. A f...
0 10 weeks 2 days ago
by Jag91772
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Landlords Legal Obligation
Whats the right thing to do here? Rental unit 1st floor apartment Leak reported. Same day response with plumber. Leak found and repaired 4 days...
1 10 weeks 4 days ago
by RobertMadden
10 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
Mold and Massachusetts apartment
My husband and I recently found out of mold in our apartment during the replacement of a radiator.We told the landlord and someone came out to inspect...
2 2 years 5 weeks ago
by maddy77
11 weeks 1 day ago
by RobertMadden
lead paint unaware
ello, I have a question/concern. I have a single family home I bought 2 years ago. Because my husband didn't want to move to that house yet until his ...
0 11 weeks 3 days ago
by fefo1620
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eviction fraud?
If im going through an eviction and i find out that my landlord listed on my lease isn't the current owner of the home, is this fraud on their behalf ...
1 12 weeks 8 hours ago
by kbaxter88
11 weeks 6 days ago
by Phippslaw
Doorbell/Intercom requirements in 16 story apartment building?
I live in a 16 story apartment building. The intercom system at the front door of the building has been not working for 4 months now. Whenever I and o...
3 15 weeks 6 days ago
by carminez
12 weeks 2 days ago
by Phippslaw
Is Joint and several liability applicable?
I have lived in my current residence for almost 2 years with no problems with my landlord. In october, 2 roommates were moving out and I found 2 peopl...
1 12 weeks 3 days ago
by Catcolon28
12 weeks 2 days ago
by Phippslaw
Tenant Won't Sign lead Notification
I have mailed the required Tenant Lead Law Notification to a tenant and after repeated requests by the management company they still have not signed t...
1 14 weeks 3 days ago
by coaster
14 weeks 2 days ago
by Phippslaw
Eviction / Owner occupying condo
My 95-year-old mother has been renting a condo in a 20-unit condo community for sixteen years. The condo she is living in was recently sold to a new ...
2 15 weeks 3 hours ago
by LGodicke
14 weeks 3 days ago
by LGodicke
Eviction for apartment size
I have been living in my 2 bedroom apartment for over 6 years with my wife and 2 kids. In 2013 we had a baby. My landlord renewed our lease without ...
1 14 weeks 5 days ago
by Ben
14 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
landlord
Here's a question, is there any mass law prohibiting landlords from renting out one apartment to 3 different families this is a question from a f...
1 14 weeks 6 days ago
by mwf8285
14 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
Visitors and laws
Hi I am a landlord that rents a rooming house. I posted an ad on Craigslist for one person room, I have a tenant that has multiple persons staying ove...
1 15 weeks 4 days ago
by Ngibbs22
15 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
Health Code Violations and Guest Policies
So I currently live in an apartment run by a slumlord. I was homeless at the time I moved in and couldn't be exactly picky about the apartment I lived...
1 15 weeks 3 days ago
by bryannlk
15 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
Snow shoveling walkway/door only accessible by tenant unit in owner-occupied two-family
I own, and live in, a two-family house in Boston ("owner-occupied two-family"). I rent out the second unit to tenants. The second unit has two site...
1 15 weeks 5 days ago
by Boston2Family
15 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
Two-fold question regarding Tenancy Agreement
I signed a lease March 1, 2012 with this term: "The term of the Lease is a periodic tenancy commencing at 12:00 noon on March 1, 2012 through Aug, ...
1 15 weeks 6 days ago
by yeartoshine
15 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
Is there any criminal action here?
I am wondering if there is any criminal action that was performed by a tenant of mine. This does get somewhat serious the further you read. I own a ho...
1 16 weeks 1 day ago
by pairofjacks
16 weeks 5 hours ago
by Phippslaw
Notice to quit
I recently had a constable serve a 14 day notice to quit for nonpayment of rent. I signed the bottom of the notice to quit. My wife, who is on the d...
1 16 weeks 2 days ago
by joeypma1970
16 weeks 1 day ago
by Phippslaw
Frequently asked questions about Evictions for Massachusetts landlords
Here are the most Frequently asked Questions regarding evictions in Mass.: Q. I want to evict my tenant, can I do it myself? A. Yes, but you ar...
0 16 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
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Lease termination
6 months ago my son entered into a year long lease with his girlfriend. Both are on the lease. At the time she was out of work and had been kicked out...
1 16 weeks 6 days ago
by Donnilip
16 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
construction question
I must vacate my bedroom for a week and remove everything from it for necessary repairs. Is the landlord responsible to assist in any way or make any ...
0 17 weeks 1 day ago
by dsznorthampton
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Tenant Moving into apt in Dorchester Ma no Contract or lease
Hello everyone. I moved into an apartment in Dorchester MA on the 13th of October 2014. The landlord is a very nice lady and seemed very happy to ha...
0 17 weeks 2 days ago
by jkpark
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Rooming House
(This seemed the closest Forum, my question is about required permitting and Massachusetts definitions of a "rooming house.") We own a bed and brea...
3 17 weeks 5 days ago
by theredmapleinn
17 weeks 2 days ago
by theredmapleinn
Short term tenancy security deposits
We recently stayed in Salem for a 4 day holiday. The landlord took a 300.00 security deposit for each unit before we arrived. (we rented 2 units) ...
1 17 weeks 4 days ago
by Jadycass
17 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
lead paint discrimination
I have a house that I was considering renting year round, or weekly in season, contingent on whether it contained lead paint. I had it inspected. Ther...
1 17 weeks 4 days ago
by cecilia
17 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
Rent Increase
My landlord tried to increase my rent by 60% in one months time - from $750 to $1200/month I gave my notice and moved out. Landlord now wants to ...
2 18 weeks 1 day ago
by tless41
17 weeks 4 days ago
by Boston Probate ...
Vacation Security Deposit held for sheet and pad stains
Greetings: I checked the forum answers and didn't find anything close to this one: I rented a vacation condo for a week with 2 friends $500 cash s...
1 17 weeks 5 days ago
by Maribelle Martinson
17 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
Unfinished unit in multi-family home with rental apartments
The multi-family residence in Boston I currently live in has 3 units. The top and ground level ones are rented out to tenants. The middle unit is free...
1 18 weeks 2 days ago
by tlochner
18 weeks 1 day ago
by Boston Probate ...
Security deposit
My lease ended and I moved out. My roommate stayed and got a new roommate. My building manager is refusing to give me back my security deposit, saying...
1 18 weeks 3 days ago
by Sl5678900
18 weeks 2 days ago
by Phippslaw
security deposit
I rented my property back in July 2014 to 2 individuals. This was a boyfriend/girlfriend situation. The 1 year lease included both names listed. The...
2 18 weeks 5 days ago
by tevo56
18 weeks 4 days ago
by Attorney Michae...
Electrical System outdated and bill VERY high.
Our building is very old and so is the electrical in it. For a 1 bedroom apartment that holds 4 rooms total is $150-$180 in electric bills each month...
0 18 weeks 4 days ago
by Davis01570
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Separate Electricity but Duplex not wired properly
Hi, I moved into a duplex in March. The utilities are separate and there are two meters and two electrical boxes down in the basement. I started qu...
0 18 weeks 5 days ago
by Red Dog 1127
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Oil tank just about empty but told there was 55 gallons when moving in.
I just moved into a place the first and was told there was 55 gallons of oil in the tank. On the third I checked the oil tank just to check it out sin...
3 20 weeks 6 days ago
by oliver33
18 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
eviction
I allowed a girl I worked with and her bf to move into the other half of my duplex about a year ago. Since then, theres been nothing but issues, betw...
1 19 weeks 4 hours ago
by taralou1971
18 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
Ocupancy permit/zoning
Hi, I leased a commercial space to build a restaurant in Springfield and I'm having trouble getting building permits to start the build out of the res...
2 19 weeks 4 days ago
by Anthonyb413
19 weeks 4 days ago
by Robert Nislick
Is Landlord required to return last months rent?
I asked this before and got an answer that seemed to be an opinion rather than a statement of fact... If a tenant has paid last months rent but leave...
2 19 weeks 5 days ago
by Manomartian
19 weeks 4 days ago
by Manomartian
tenant rights/landlord responsibilities
In September I paid a prospective landlord 1st month's rent for November 1st. I did not sign a lease or rental agreement; the landlord said his attor...
1 19 weeks 5 days ago
by Jobie173
19 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
Last month, apt re-rented
My rental apt agreement stated that either the landlord or I could vacate the rental with a two month notice. I paid first, last and a security depos...
2 20 weeks 1 day ago
by Manomartian
20 weeks 2 hours ago
by Manomartian
My landlord kept my deposit after 3 years of harassment
My landlord kept 95% of my security deposit after I was harassed for close to 4 years by himself and my neighbors. He gave me letters over the years m...
1 20 weeks 5 days ago
by karaandcollin
20 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
Tenant retaliation against landlord
I went to search online to see what protection there is for landlords and the top hits in the search all are about protecting tenants. Massachusetts h...
2 20 weeks 6 days ago
by MP
20 weeks 6 days ago
by Phippslaw
Increased rent
My landlord was talking to me when I was trying to read and sign my lease. I re read it later at home and discovered that anyone I add to my lease I m...
0 20 weeks 6 days ago
by slg123
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Last Month rent held
Between the time of signing a 12 month lease and actual move in date 1 month later, I had discovered it was a mistake based on health, privacy and sec...
1 21 weeks 1 day ago
by bmg262
20 weeks 6 days ago
by Phippslaw
Suing a Landlord for Return of Deposit
I recently left an apartment / lease, and on day 30 after having left, my previous landlord returned my deposit minus $405 for cleaning fees and a fee...
1 21 weeks 3 days ago
by moyenage
21 weeks 1 day ago
by Phippslaw
landlord asks for heat bill contribution for utilities that are not separate from other tenants
I am a small business owner and I rent a 2nd floor commercial space. I originally signed a 1-year lease that included heat. After one year, my lease...
1 21 weeks 3 days ago
by gloucesterbiz
21 weeks 1 day ago
by Phippslaw
Landlord lockout threat
I had give notice to move. I have just picked up the key for on 10/1, a Wednesday. I am disabled and on oxygen and cannot get my family to do the mo...
1 21 weeks 3 days ago
by sharonam4
21 weeks 1 day ago
by Phippslaw
Lease Renewal and Rent Increase
In September of 2011, I signed a one-year lease. The lease has since run up (obviously) and there has been no indication from my landlord until recen...
1 21 weeks 2 days ago
by cpolek
21 weeks 1 day ago
by Phippslaw
Landlord Tenant law - single family home
Are there separate or different rules/laws that apply to landlords and lease agreements for single family homes?
1 21 weeks 4 days ago
by blsnyder01
21 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
Retroactive lease for roommate not on the lease
My landlord has asked that I pay retroactively for the months that a friend stayed with me when she was not on the lease. I told the landlord about he...
1 21 weeks 5 days ago
by hellothere
21 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
Getting out of a new lease-less than a week old
Hi there. I moved into an apartment in Wakefield on Saturday. Despite saying I can wait to move in on 9/27 the landlord said it would be great if I ...
1 22 weeks 1 day ago
by Musicmn665
22 weeks 1 day ago
by Phippslaw
I found out I was in an illegal sublet after I prepaid
Friends and I rented and prepaid for 5 months in a house through someone who was renting from the owner of the house. The person we paid was at one po...
1 22 weeks 2 days ago
by GoodGuy
22 weeks 1 day ago
by Phippslaw
Primary Tenant Rights - How to evict a legal subtenant?
Greetings, If this is a duplicate, I apologize. I looked for a question that would answer mine, and only found landlords/tenant eviction process. ...
1 22 weeks 3 days ago
by edgesnotrounded
22 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
Pet-friendly condo but renters not allowed to keep pets?
I am the owner of a condo which I have to rent for a couple of years while I'm away. Our building is pet-friendly and I had a dog. However, condo Rule...
1 22 weeks 4 days ago
by london
22 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
Must a landlord rent a ONE BEDROOM to a person with a child?
The lease states one bedroom.... one tenant, and was signed over a year ago. The tenant disappeared for a month or so toward the end of June and Ju...
1 22 weeks 5 days ago
by ShipsLantern
22 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
Landlord does not want to reimburse me for new lock installation
i recently left my apartment in Boston for an errand and when I returned, could not get the key in the front door lock to work. I tried for 10 minutes...
1 22 weeks 4 days ago
by Stewette
22 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
Several issues regarding security deposit
Hi, I am in a situation where I moved out of an apartment on August 15. Some items were still in the house, so even though I had moved out, I had a cl...
1 22 weeks 5 days ago
by jballou
22 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw

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