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Items taken from storage locker by management company
I moved in to my building of Nov 2014 and received a locker in April 2015. The management company for my building posted signed to label lockers (whic...
0 20 hours 19 min ago
by storageproblem
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USPS Mail Theft at Apartment Building
A USPS parcel was delivered to my apartment building, the package was stolen upon arriving at the mail room. Landlord was notified and took 3 days to ...
0 1 day 5 hours ago
by MassNative
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Getting out of a newly signed lease
I have just signed a lease on a 2 family house - it's been 7 days and I am finding multiple issues within the property. Leaking ceilings, ground water...
1 2 days 2 hours ago
by Sanray
1 day 13 hours ago
by Phippslaw
Landlord left possessions in house
We just moved in our new home in Belmont, MA from the Midwest and half the basement is full of possessions from the owned (landlord). The lease we sig...
1 1 week 2 days ago
by Fvoneche
5 days 8 hours ago
by Fvoneche
Where in state law does it state the Landlord can't collect double rent?
I can't seem to find where in the State Law that says a landlord cannot collect double rent. Back story: September 2009 - I signed 13 month lease ...
2 4 years 39 weeks ago
by cool_beans00
6 days 12 hours ago
by lavender17
Security deposit after 12 years
We have moved into our current apartment in January 2003 and gave the landlord a security deposit of $1900. After 12.5 years and many fights with the...
0 1 week 1 day ago
by renter2001
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Heating oil in a two-family home
Hello, I own a home in Westport, MA. The home is zoned as a two-family home; there is a small apartment that is kept closed during the year and th...
0 1 week 4 days ago
by mpwedding
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landlord is a hoarder
I'm renting a room and my landlord is a hoarder and clutters the rest home with her things. Its a fire hazard and I'm afraid if there was fire I'd not...
0 1 week 4 days ago
by willmankw
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Eviction with newborns
What are the laws regarding giving a 14 day notice to quit with a newborn infanr in the household? Ive had issues with my landlord and want to make su...
0 1 week 4 days ago
by Blazer647
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Pregnancy, Deleading, and Relocation
I've been living in my current apartment since April 25, 2014. Upon renting, I was presented a document stating that the landlord had no knowledge of ...
0 1 week 4 days ago
by acrimoniousamity
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Filing a Stay of Execution not allowed?
I was evicted by my landlord 11 days after the board of health came. It was not for non-payment of rent. I hired a lawyer, and being disabled (mental ...
0 1 week 6 days ago
by KReid79
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security deposit and interest
I have chosen not to renew my lease at my apartment after living there for four years. My landlord never gave me receipt of my security deposit when ...
0 2 weeks 6 hours ago
by lawyer_assistance
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Should I give my potential "landlord" my SSN?
For applying to rent their properties, some landlords require us to fill out a detailed application. In the application, they ask for critical informa...
2 5 years 44 weeks ago
by confused_renter
2 weeks 1 day ago
by larman
International Students Security Deposit
I have just rented an apartment to two international students and need to set up a security deposit account. However, they do not have social securit...
0 2 weeks 1 day ago
by coaster
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Can my broker keep a deposit as a fee if one roommate out of two was rejected for a lease?
I worked with a real estate broker to find an apartment along with a roommate. We found an apartment we wanted and submitted rental applications and a...
0 2 weeks 2 days ago
by moremoneymoresheds
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Tennant advice
Is it true that Tennant's only pay first and last or first last and security? People have been telling me that its only 2 not all 3
0 2 weeks 3 days ago
by IrishPrincess83
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can i deduct cost of new stove from security deposit of tenant who destroyed stove
I hope you can advise me re: what to say in a letter to a tenant re: replacing a stove that they destroyed. I usually have tenants sign a Conditio...
0 2 weeks 4 days ago
by puzzledlandlord
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Tenant of sufferance leaving door unlocked for previous tenant to enter while my house is empty?
Some background: I'm a "live in" landlord, I own a house and rent out two bedrooms, and live with my GF. My two tenants in april announced and gave me...
0 2 weeks 6 days ago
by darkwingduck
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Breaking sublease: who finds replacement?
I am currently subleasing a four bedroom apartment for the summer but am having an issue with the other roommates (none of whom I knew previously) and...
0 3 weeks 3 hours ago
by blondiealamode
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Landlord is renovating my kitchen while I'm living in the property...
Was very excited when my landlord told me she was going to renovate my kitchen in my duplex. She neglected to tell me that the renovation would take t...
0 3 weeks 1 day ago
by Richie 1
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Helping my landlord evict using my tenant rights
My question is regarding both mine and my landlords rights. I have a great relationship with my landlord, and we both seem to be getting the short end...
0 3 weeks 1 day ago
by SallyJ
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Illegal rental
Just moved out of an apartment, documented every inch with pictures and left it in mint condition. I'm finding out through mutual friends that the own...
0 3 weeks 2 days ago
by cadylady
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Utilities: one meter for basement apartment includes common areas and more complications
Me and my husband got a lovely basement appartment in a beautiful neighborhood of Boston from a friend after his breakup. They'd lived here for 3 year...
0 3 weeks 2 days ago
by SorellaPeriod
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Common area lights and basement electricity on my meter is it legal and is it legal for the landlord to evict me ?
I informed my landlord of some serious issues horrible smelly waist backing up into my bath tub while showering and stove needed to be replaced due to...
0 3 weeks 3 days ago
by jah1974
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Security Deposit
I have some questions on what can be deducted from my security deposit. I was deducted for mini-binds that were there prior to my moving in and susta...
0 3 weeks 4 days ago
by brynofpaz
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Tenancy has been terminated/Tenant wont leave/Tenant complains
Hello! I have a tenant that rents a room (no lease) and after a series of unpleasantries and bad behavior, I finally had a lawyer write up a 30...
0 3 weeks 5 days ago
by Cassie12345
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Leaving Rental
We live in a two story house in which we rent out the first floor and the landlords live on the second floor. We notified them months ago that we wil...
0 3 weeks 6 days ago
by KAnder
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cmmom law tenancy in owner occupied home
I was offered a room to rent in owner occupied home to escape an abusive relationship. We had a verbal agreement on a monthly payment. I slept on couc...
0 3 weeks 6 days ago
by dlholt1970
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How do I communicate to a tenant that his lease will not be renewed?
We recently purchased a multi-family house with three units. We will live in one unit, and rent the other two out. There were existing tenants in the ...
0 4 weeks 5 hours ago
by sarah.radcliffe...
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1 bdrm apt now deemed 2 bdrm
My apartment building was recent sold. The new management company has deemed my 1 Bdrm apt a 2 bdrm apt because I have a dining room. I have a galle...
0 4 weeks 3 days ago
by PPELLINO
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Private Property
I work for a Tow Company in Boston. One of our accounts have requested or us to remove a donation container off of their property. They have made seve...
0 4 weeks 5 days ago
by MissDesi87
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Landlord refuses to let us use yard
My landlord whom we have rented from for the past three years, has changed recently. They seem bothered by My family. Their pass tenants were never ho...
0 4 weeks 6 days ago
by Veronicaoct
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Signed intent to renew lease form, now we want to move out
Hi, My roommate and I's lease is up on August 31st. In March our Landlord sent us a Intent to Renew our lease form and if we didn't sign it within ...
0 5 weeks 13 hours ago
by qwerty123
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1st and security
I have been renting an apartment for almost a year an the house has recently been sold. We now have a new landlord who has already increased the rent ...
0 6 weeks 12 hours ago
by TT-Barthelmy1
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Unheated Apartment Areas
My three-floor apartment has a finished, but unheated three-room basement. It contains a laundry, office, and open area. Except for the laundry room, ...
0 6 weeks 2 days ago
by pamela66
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Evicition of non-resident tenant for illegal sublet
What do I need to do to prevent a tenant who has vacated the premises and illegally sublet the apartment from moving back in. He has a history of drug...
1 6 weeks 3 days ago
by elliesdog
6 weeks 2 days ago
by Robert Nislick
Owner did not give subtler right to increase rent
I recently found out, while talking to the owner of the apartment I rent a room in, that we are being over charged. He said he did not give permission...
0 6 weeks 4 days ago
by givenaway
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security deposit and last months rent
I had a "tenant at will"that had utilities included in monthly rent. The signed tenant agreement included a provision that if the tenant exceeded nor...
0 6 weeks 6 days ago
by Landlord101
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water shut off
i rent an apartment from my ex sister in law that i have known since i was 2yrs old. i have been living here for the past 3-4yrs. within the last ye...
0 7 weeks 2 days ago
by luvlmillion
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Landlord required to sign lease in MA?
Is the landlord required to sign the lease in MA? There are spot for a signature but we never got a copy signed.
0 7 weeks 4 days ago
by heartshapes
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forced tenant displacement for apartment renovations
My father, sister, and niece were told (with a few verbal days) that they would be displaced from their apatment for a month while the landlord remode...
0 7 weeks 5 days ago
by aadels
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Complicated security deposit situation- do I have any leverage?
Bear with me, I have a complicated situation and I'm not sure how it plays out legally. My boyfriend and I signed a year-long lease for a house last O...
1 8 weeks 6 hours ago
by leed24
7 weeks 6 days ago
by Phippslaw
Room to negotiate over renovations in building?
Legal standing to negotiate with the landlord about a renovation schedule? My lease is up August 1, which turns out to not work well for either me ...
0 8 weeks 4 hours ago
by me1234
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Tenant at will Multiple issues with landlord
My 23 year old son has been renting a room in Hyde Park for almost a year now. There is no written agreement & he pays the rent once a month. This lan...
0 8 weeks 14 hours ago
by Judith Curtis
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renting a room in your own home
Is it legal to rent a room in an owner occupied home?
0 8 weeks 1 day ago
by j48scatton
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Major change to Lease agreement regarding Utilities
This past March, my wife and I signed a new 12 month lease agreement and moved into our apartment. The lease states all utilities are paid by the land...
0 8 weeks 2 days ago
by tsbtown
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Can I get a no tresspass or restraining order ?
I live in a 6 family apartment house and one of the tenants , keeps allowing someone on the property who has broken into my apartment in the past, has...
0 8 weeks 3 days ago
by AmiRoi
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Prorating rent because no stove
I moved into my apartment May 1st but had paid the deposit a month prior and the landlord has told me since then that the stove has been on back order...
0 8 weeks 4 days ago
by Lady00rose
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Rent Termination
Hello, I have been living in my apartment in Cambridge since September 2010. My current lease this year ends in September 30. This is a high ris...
0 8 weeks 5 days ago
by abatista
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Over-Lapping Leases?
Hello, I'm currently living in an apartment where there are four roommates in our second year-long lease (which terminates on 8/31). One of us ...
0 9 weeks 2 days ago
by Megaptera
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how to respond to tenant questioning why re: notice to quit
It's my understanding that I'm not required to give a reason when I give my tenant Notice to Quit. When I see the tenant (or her family members) shoul...
0 9 weeks 5 days ago
by puzzledlandlord
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Prepaid last month rent, landlord wants difference from rent increase after moveout
At our previous residence, we pre-paid last month's rent at 1450. The rent increased to 1850 over the 8 years we lived there. We moved out last month,...
0 9 weeks 5 days ago
by pxdash
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Owner sold house
Hello all, This is kind of a long story, but I'll try to make it short. My family and I have been living in the same first floor apartment of ...
0 9 weeks 6 days ago
by Eli05gt1
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Repairs being made, need to relocate during. Who's responsible for cost?
In the winter, the landlord neglected to shovel or have the roof shoveled resulting in Ice Damming and then leading to leaks in my batrhoom ceiling. N...
0 9 weeks 6 days ago
by squibz
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Maximum number of unrelated people - Waltham, MA
I own a 7 bedroom house and wanted to see what the maximum number of unrelated people I could legally rent to. I have 7 individuals who would like to...
0 10 weeks 4 hours ago
by landlord306
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Advice Regarding Illegal Rental
We moved into an apartment which we knowingly was illegal, we never received any information regarding where the deposit was held. There us no written...
0 10 weeks 3 days ago
by dbroughton79
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Break lease due to unsafe relationship
I signed a lease with an ex boyfriend in June and by July we had already broken up and I was forced by police to leave because he told them to remove ...
0 10 weeks 3 days ago
by Katelyn1988
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Does my new landlord have a right to impose new sublet fees?
I am a tenant in one apartment of a two family home. Halfway through our lease, our building was sold to a new real estate company. One of my roommate...
1 1 year 8 weeks ago
by lacie2014
10 weeks 5 days ago
by abc123
mold in MA apartment
Hello, its currently April. Back in November my landlord agreed in housing curt to fix the mold problem in my bathroom. I requested they do so because...
0 11 weeks 4 days ago
by zachnorton72
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Tenant with children. Owner selling
We are tenants at will and have a 1 year old. Our landlord told us she is putting the house up for sale. I had asked the possibility of us continuing ...
0 11 weeks 5 days ago
by Jm81
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Landlord won't let me sublet unless I find a tenant to sign a new lease for a year
Hi, I am moving, and have 3 months left on my lease. My lease says that the landlord must approve a sublease. I contacted my landlord to see ab...
0 12 weeks 3 hours ago
by nobusforyou
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Rules on amount of people in 6 bedroom?
Hey there. I had a meeting last year with a prospective landlord who had a 5 people maximum requirement for her 6 bedroom duplex. She told me it's ill...
0 12 weeks 7 hours ago
by raekulik
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Renting, Couples split, now conflict!
My Ex and I renewed our lease for another year in October 2014, two weeks later we broke up, he moved out and I now live there with our 4yr old daugh...
1 12 weeks 2 days ago
by TheLaw19
12 weeks 1 day ago
by Boston Probate ...
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...
1 13 weeks 5 days ago
by patriots781
12 weeks 1 day ago
by patriots781
Last Monthe prepaid rent
We are currently tenants at will in MA. Upon moving in we paid first and last months rent. We have given our landlords 30 days notice and our inten...
1 13 weeks 55 min ago
by Marenter1
12 weeks 1 day ago
by ivanasking
Parking
I am a tenant at will for almost 2 years . The house was recently bought by a new person. The new property owner is now telling me that I can no longe...
0 12 weeks 2 days ago
by mflopez
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Inform landlord of breakup?
Myself, my fiancé and our 2 children live in a 2bedroom apartment. Myself and my fiancé broke up about 3 weeks back and I am still coming by to help...
0 12 weeks 4 days ago
by Tenant2015
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Lease Renewal End Dates and Giving Notice
Moved in to current apartment with a roommate on May 1, 2013. Original lease clearly states term of one year ending on April 30, 2014. In May 2014, or...
0 12 weeks 5 days ago
by Cstguy
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Res Judicata Question - Boston Housing Court dismissal
Hello - i am the defendant tenant in an eviction case that is about to be dismissed before trial (the LL's only claim was for possession with no claim...
0 12 weeks 5 days ago
by Bob1234
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conflict
i signed a one year lease a couple years ago with a roommate and after that year lease was up i moved out but my roommate stayed an renewed am i still...
0 12 weeks 6 days ago
by krisgrim
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Can I decline an application with 8 people live in a single family house?
I am the owner of a single family house(1.5 bath, 2 bedrooms plus a den) and my house is for rent now. Someone has submitted the application with 2 ad...
1 13 weeks 1 day ago
by mifish
13 weeks 8 hours ago
by Phippslaw
Water Sub metering in MA
I live in a new apartment complex with over 150 units. The water is sub metered for each unit. When I get my water bill each month it appears that I'm...
0 13 weeks 1 day ago
by sleepy
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Landlord Rights
I just purchased a multi family home and a tenant has cameras on the exterior of the building. Can I ask him to remove them immediately or is there a ...
0 13 weeks 1 day ago
by Klawg15
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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 13 weeks 5 days ago
by Wirro
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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 13 weeks 6 days ago
by MrLand
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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 13 weeks 6 days ago
by watts2272
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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 14 weeks 11 min ago
by ms auto
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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 14 weeks 1 day ago
by Mzalewa
14 weeks 7 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 14 weeks 5 days ago
by profgardner
14 weeks 4 days 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 14 weeks 6 days ago
by badams466
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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 15 weeks 4 days ago
by Jennyfer21
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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 15 weeks 4 days ago
by poole579
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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 15 weeks 6 days ago
by cyra21
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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 15 weeks 6 days ago
by Harfoz@gmail.com
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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 16 weeks 11 hours ago
by AlexM3
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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 16 weeks 21 hours ago
by masssarah
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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 16 weeks 1 day ago
by ZeeEsme
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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 16 weeks 4 days ago
by lebon68@yahoo.com
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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 16 weeks 6 days ago
by Tfeeney02056
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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 17 weeks 9 hours ago
by MAKoala
17 weeks 6 hours ago
by Attorney Larnard
Rent
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 17 weeks 2 days ago
by ctnails2
17 weeks 1 day 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 18 weeks 6 hours ago
by Tech657
17 weeks 3 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 18 weeks 5 days 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 18 weeks 5 days 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 18 weeks 6 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 19 weeks 9 hours 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 19 weeks 2 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 19 weeks 2 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 19 weeks 3 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 19 weeks 4 days ago
by Karina D.
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