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settlement agreement
plantiffs in two seperate cases amounts to $27,000 as part of agreement plantiff agrees to pay $15,000 if defendants default they are to pay $27,000 w...
0 1 day 2 hours ago
by patriots781
Landlord responsibility for Utility Overcharge
Hi, I've been a tenant at the same location for more than 10 years with no problems and have a current lease that requires me to pay Gas & Electric...
0 1 day 3 hours ago
by Wirro
Renting to a foreign person with a us citizen co-signer
I have a US citizen that wants to rent an apartment for a foreign person that he is related to. the US citizen will co-sign and pay the rent. I hav...
0 1 day 20 hours ago
by MrLand
rent payment during repairs
Due to ice dams we had water damage in our apartment's kitchen. The landlords are planning on repairs and will take 3 weeks working 6 days a week. The...
0 2 days 5 hours ago
by watts2272
private renters right
can i evict a person that rents a room in my house immediately if i know and have evidence that they are bringing illegal street drugs into my house?
0 2 days 15 hours ago
by ms auto
Can I get evicted if people are not on my lease?
I have a friend that just got a 14 day notice that people that are not on the lease has to be out an I want to know if the landlord can do that an she...
1 3 days 22 hours ago
by Mzalewa
2 days 23 hours ago
by Phippslaw
Security deposit interest
For the past 6 years, I have had a $1100 security deposit of a former tenant and I need to return it to her. She moved out three months ago. The s...
2 1 week 23 hours ago
by profgardner
1 week 1 hour ago
by Phippslaw
Can I take my plants when I move?
If I plant flowers for a flower garden can I take them with me when I move since I paid for them and took care of them?
0 1 week 1 day ago
by badams466
Can my landlord evict me?
My name is Jennifer Stevenson and my boyfriend and I have just stared renting an apartment from a landlord in Whitman. We live in a building with 9 un...
0 1 week 6 days ago
by Jennyfer21
rental agreement
I rented a condo with a 1 yr lease from A and the lease expired as the new owner B bought the unit...the new owner B never signed a lease or a tenant ...
0 1 week 6 days ago
by poole579
rental increase
my landlord tried to charge me a $50 late fee even though I paid on the 1st just not at 7am when she picked up rent out of the rent depository. I refu...
0 2 weeks 1 day ago
by cyra21
Landlord/Tenant Discrimination
Ive had a vacant room in my apartment, my landlord has been really getting on me to fill it. (Also i'm paying all the rent so i really needed someone...
0 2 weeks 1 day ago
Roommate Situation Lease Break
I currently live in a roommate situation with three other people. In December I asked the landlord if I could find a replacement for my room if I got ...
0 2 weeks 3 days ago
by AlexM3
Tennants harrassment
I have been living in my apartment for two years now with my four roommates and this year new tenants moved downstairs. Our apartment is entirely carp...
0 2 weeks 3 days ago
by masssarah
Constructive Eviction: No Heat and Gas
In January, about 50 tenants had to move out of 3 buildings due to no heat. The City of Cambridge concluded that the buildings were uninhabitable and ...
0 2 weeks 3 days ago
by ZeeEsme
Overnight guests in Massachusetts
My boyfriend and I live 60 miles apart (in the same state). He has been living in his apartment for 6 years. We have been dating for 5 years. All o...
0 3 weeks 5 hours ago
Snow covering a ground floor apartment window
Recently, the Condo Association shoveled snow off the roof of the building where I own a ground floor apartment. The snow completely covered the win...
0 3 weeks 1 day ago
by Tfeeney02056
Tenants-at-will and general conditions listed in the original signed lease.
Our tenants (tenants-at-will) will be moving out soon. The last signed lease which expired several months ago had some very specific addendums such ...
1 3 weeks 3 days ago
by MAKoala
3 weeks 2 days ago
by Attorney Larnard
I have a tenant at will because I chose not to renew his lease.the pipes froze in the house and there is no waterhe is staying at a hotel paid by his ...
1 3 weeks 5 days ago
by ctnails2
3 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
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...
1 4 weeks 2 days ago
by Tech657
3 weeks 5 days ago
by Robert Nislick
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 5 weeks 17 hours ago
by allieberg
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 5 weeks 21 hours ago
by srhwvd
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 5 weeks 2 days ago
by Nterry403
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 5 weeks 3 days ago
by amazewtdwtf
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 5 weeks 4 days ago
by Kristenlee33
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 5 weeks 5 days ago
by poohsta3
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 5 weeks 6 days ago
by HELP123
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 6 weeks 2 hours ago
by Karina D.
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 6 weeks 3 days ago
by Bstangs1
6 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 6 weeks 3 days ago
by DrRisotto
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 6 weeks 3 days ago
by klamarre
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 6 weeks 6 days ago
by denisekandis
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 7 weeks 1 hour ago
by LisaKelley
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 7 weeks 21 hours ago
by WorriedSick
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 7 weeks 1 day ago
by Lucas
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 7 weeks 3 days ago
by oblakovshtanax
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 7 weeks 4 days ago
by Brandenburg52
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 2 years 2 weeks ago
by ck
7 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 7 weeks 6 days ago
by LadyNewEngland
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 7 weeks 6 days ago
by lovingmom25
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 8 weeks 1 day ago
by S.reiman55
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 8 weeks 2 days ago
by manderson asc
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 8 weeks 2 days ago
by masstenant65
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 8 weeks 3 days ago
by asdfx0rz
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 8 weeks 4 days ago
by sshank314
8 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 8 weeks 6 days ago
by sue23
8 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 9 weeks 1 day ago
by Plasko
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 9 weeks 1 day ago
by Prswan08
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 9 weeks 1 day ago
by kb333
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 9 weeks 3 days ago
by nanvigne
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 9 weeks 4 days ago
by RedHerring
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 10 weeks 5 days ago
by Shawn_girouard
10 weeks 4 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 11 weeks 1 day ago
by Themovement
11 weeks 34 min 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 11 weeks 2 days ago
by gerizzo
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 11 weeks 4 days ago
by Apicard
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 11 weeks 4 days ago
by myusername
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 11 weeks 5 days ago
by Ums00114996
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 12 weeks 1 hour ago
by deaconblues
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 12 weeks 2 days ago
by Kathy12345
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 12 weeks 2 days ago
by underwater
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 12 weeks 3 days ago
by ErikV383
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 12 weeks 3 days ago
by MMacD
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 12 weeks 4 days ago
by bellebeauty
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 13 weeks 6 days ago
by johnb
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 14 weeks 1 day ago
by ssb33ssb
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 14 weeks 2 days ago
by Jag91772
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 14 weeks 4 days ago
by RobertMadden
14 weeks 3 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 9 weeks ago
by maddy77
15 weeks 21 hours 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 15 weeks 2 days ago
by fefo1620
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 16 weeks 2 hours ago
by kbaxter88
15 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 19 weeks 6 days ago
by carminez
16 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 16 weeks 3 days ago
by Catcolon28
16 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 18 weeks 2 days ago
by coaster
18 weeks 1 day 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 18 weeks 6 days ago
by LGodicke
18 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 18 weeks 4 days ago
by Ben
18 weeks 3 days ago
by Phippslaw
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 18 weeks 5 days ago
by mwf8285
18 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 19 weeks 4 days ago
by Ngibbs22
19 weeks 2 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 19 weeks 3 days ago
by bryannlk
19 weeks 2 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 19 weeks 5 days ago
by Boston2Family
19 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 19 weeks 6 days ago
by yeartoshine
19 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 20 weeks 19 hours ago
by pairofjacks
19 weeks 6 days 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 20 weeks 1 day ago
by joeypma1970
20 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 20 weeks 4 days ago
by Phippslaw
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 20 weeks 6 days ago
by Donnilip
20 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 21 weeks 1 day ago
by dsznorthampton
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 21 weeks 1 day ago
by jkpark
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 21 weeks 5 days ago
by theredmapleinn
21 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 21 weeks 4 days ago
by Jadycass
21 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 21 weeks 4 days ago
by cecilia
21 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 22 weeks 1 day ago
by tless41
21 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 21 weeks 4 days ago
by Maribelle Martinson
21 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 22 weeks 1 day ago
by tlochner
22 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 22 weeks 2 days ago
by Sl5678900
22 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 22 weeks 4 days ago
by tevo56
22 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 22 weeks 4 days ago
by Davis01570
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 22 weeks 5 days ago
by Red Dog 1127
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 24 weeks 6 days ago
by oliver33
22 weeks 5 days ago
by Phippslaw
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 22 weeks 6 days ago
by taralou1971
22 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 23 weeks 4 days ago
by Anthonyb413
23 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 23 weeks 4 days ago
by Manomartian
23 weeks 4 days ago
by Manomartian

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