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Back Rent Owed After Sneaky Tenants Moved Out
The tenants on the 3rd floor have FINALLY moved out after getting a mortgage for a house that was a short sale. He rarely works, she works 40 hrs a w...
0 18 hours 27 min ago
by Dublintoo
MA Tenant Law
We rented a condo with a one year's lease. Having a lease is essential to me. I will not rent month to month because it is too stressful. I am disa...
0 1 day 9 hours ago
by oceanwaves
Insulation Problems/Cold Weather
We have a 2 bedroom apartment, on the 3rd floor of a 3 floor building. In our living room, underneath the window, our landlord cut a hole in the wall ...
0 1 day 11 hours ago
by Amegnia
Proper Notice vs SMS Text to mobile or Email regarding Lease terms
Hello I have a 12 month lease in MA with 60 automatic renewal prior to lease expiration. The landlord sent text message to my girlfriend who is als...
0 2 days 5 hours ago
by STC
Use of security deposit
Good Afternoon, My roommate and I moved out last month after living in an apartment for 4 years. Over the years our beds caused scratching on the h...
0 2 days 8 hours ago
by Jhemphill86
"Reasonable notice" of rent increase with Massachusetts lease
Hello all. Firstly, thank you for the great support you are offering the community!! Today we received a letter indicating that the rent will be going...
3 2 years 29 weeks ago
by xzyryabx
2 days 11 hours ago
by STC
Unreasonable rent increase
My landlord called me on my phone in April, telling me he needed the apt for Sept, which was OK. He then called first week of July saying he needed ...
1 4 days 9 hours ago
by Zoya Pride
3 days 9 hours ago
by dmowens
Commercial Landlord Tresspassing Tenant's Customers
I am renting a space in a small plaza with 3 other businesses, one of which is a salon owned and operated by my landlord. She has recently decided to...
0 5 days 1 hour ago
by joanne13
Parking garage construction
I have a specific parking spot, deeded to the owner, in my condo lease. We were told parking garage construction will not allow us to park there for ...
0 5 days 5 hours ago
by Herbert42
I took my tenant to court for eviction to gain possession of my unit and I won the case and the judge gave the tenant one month to move out. The move ...
0 5 days 6 hours ago
by msnyguen_realtor
Want to kick someone out my house who's a pain in the you know what!?
I live in a house with my brothers and we want to kick out his girlfriend who barely pays rent and is not on the lease. A couple of months after she m...
0 5 days 6 hours ago
by dudette22
Can I get a full copy of records from my landlord?
I live in State Elderly - the law used to be to send a certified request for copies of your rental record history and have done so in the past and was...
0 1 week 2 days ago
by OneStop
Validation of lease
We moved into our apartment a year ago (signed a 22 month lease) and our landlord never countersigned the lease. According to our lease, the landlord...
1 1 week 2 days ago
by taramo7
1 week 2 days ago
by dmowens
Landlord claims they don't pay interest on last month's rent
I recently moved out of an apartment that I leased for 2 years. When I moved in, I paid only first and last month, no security deposit. A few months b...
1 1 week 3 days ago
by ninabrown2015
1 week 2 days ago
by dmowens
Tenant relocation
I am a landlord. I have to choose a right amount for "other living expenses" (item E) in my Dwelling policy. What are my responsibilities as a landlor...
0 1 week 5 days ago
by smnbronshteyn
Landlord Harassment and Mental Instability
I moved into the back half a duplex 3 1/2 years ago. The landlord lived in the front section of the house. A year after moving in, I got a roommate. M...
0 1 week 6 days ago
by TiredAndScared
Landlord didn't sign lease and now wants me out
My landlord asked me to sign a new lease for 1 year. I signed the lease and returned it to him. Another important detail is the building was sold, and...
0 2 weeks 3 days ago
by KCFA1250
May landlord forbid daytime guests?
Hi all I'm from CT but I have friend in MA an I fear his landlord may be violating his rights. Unfortunately I don't have all the information on what...
1 3 weeks 1 day ago
by JocelynS
2 weeks 3 days ago
by dmowens
how much notice to give to a tenant that's not on a lease
My girlfriend has been living with me for the past two years at my house she is not on the mortgage at all and she does not pay rent at all. there is ...
1 3 weeks 4 days ago
by rang16
2 weeks 3 days ago
by dmowens
Evicting a tenant who can not be reached
Our tenant has not resided in the apartment for the past 14months approximately. They continued to pay rent during this time except in July 2015 when ...
1 2 weeks 6 days ago
2 weeks 3 days ago
by dmowens
Tenant spitting on common porch in front of my door purposely
Hello, My question is: Can I have my own attorney send a Cease and Desist letter to a tenant and his wife who reside on the third floor of...
0 2 weeks 5 days ago
by Dublintoo
No fault eviction started, can't afford to move, questions & help
So I’ve been living in an apartment for 12yrs. My husband and I moved in as a newly married couple at the time. The lease was month to month. About ...
0 2 weeks 5 days ago
by SOHKat7
Landlord breaks pet policy clause on lease
We are currently renting from an apartment owner in Arlington, MA. Our lease, between us and the apartment owner, states that dogs are allowed. After ...
0 2 weeks 5 days ago
by leila.kavanagh
What Type of Eviction Notice to Send
We have 2 tenants that keep getting bed bugs. We have paid a lot of money to have both units exterminated. We have issued warning letters in the past...
0 2 weeks 5 days ago
Denied my full Security Deposit
Before vacating my apt I called the management office to see if it would be okay to leave my refrigerator behind for the next tenant. I was told that ...
0 2 weeks 6 days ago
by Mrs. Robinson
Ex roommate threatening to throw out my belonging
I vacated my living situation with my roommate and when I inquired about getting my belongings she told me if I didn't give her 200 dollars by the end...
0 3 weeks 5 days ago
by Bub4101
Landlord charging new tenant for furniture left behind
I moved into a new apartment where the prior tenant had left behind a couple of pieces of furniture. The landlord told me that the former tenant wante...
0 3 weeks 5 days ago
by Aurelius11
Refund rental security/ holding deposit
Hi, I found a contract job (6 months) in new york state. after searching on craigslist for an apartment, I found one listed. So, I contacted the owne...
0 3 weeks 6 days ago
by needsomeadviseo...
1 Year Lease
Tenant has a 1 year lease, ending in middle of October. Lease goes month to month after that, per current lease. Do I have to wait until 1 year lease ...
0 4 weeks 3 days ago
by MassachuesettsL...
Above Unit Water Leak
I live in a basement apartment and recently suffered water damage due to the sprinklers being triggered by a worker soldering a pipe on the hot water ...
0 4 weeks 3 days ago
by rcarbon11
Rules for parents renting to children?
Hello... I saw a question similar to this, but I didn't see it had an answer. Are the Mass laws regarding tenancy at will and evictions the same...
0 4 weeks 4 days ago
by TheRook47
Damaged porch part of the apartment?
We have moved out of our apartment. The building has two steps leading up to a porch that contains two separate doors to two separate apartments. Th...
0 4 weeks 6 days ago
by mitch forman
Regarding MASS Law and Loud tenant; landlord allowing 30 day notice
I read about Loud tenant and Mass Law on another older forum, but adding to that question: Landlord allows a 30 day allowance to leave, and requires ...
0 4 weeks 6 days ago
by quietone
Roommates re-signed lease, I didn't. How do I get my security deposit back?
Hi! My lease is up, and I am moving out of my apartment. My roommates are staying however and have signed a new lease. I asked our management ...
0 6 weeks 5 days ago
by vinay
removal of my ex girlfriends things
I recently broke up with my girlfriend who was staying with me in my apartment she refuses to move her stuff out until she is ready and I want it gone...
0 7 weeks 7 hours ago
by Khuss023
Mom evicting daughter
Mom is 70 something. Daughter is adult seeking disability and mentally fragile. Daughter lives in room with bathroom in separate dependence. They have...
0 7 weeks 19 hours ago
by Friendinmass
Tenant moved but didn't take all of their things
Hi, Please advise. I had a 60 day Tenancy at Will agreement with my tenants. I have had so many problems with them, but the biggest one is that the...
0 7 weeks 2 days ago
by mdeangel
Short term Vacation Rental - Requirement to Keep Security Deposit in Separate Account?
I'm wondering whether I am required to maintain any security deposits I collect for my short term vacation rentals, e.g., 1 - 3 weeks, in a separate,...
0 7 weeks 4 days ago
by mtru10
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...
3 52 weeks 17 hours ago
by MP
7 weeks 4 days ago
by JDL
MA laws on eviction from a relative when theres a child involved
About a year ago I quit my full time job and left my apartment with my boyfriend and our now 6 year old daughter to move in with his grandparents and ...
1 7 weeks 5 days ago
by Kmarie22
7 weeks 4 days ago
by Kmarie22
should i give tenant another key if wife has the key and won't let him in
hi - i think this is a new situation for the Forum - it seems like a strange situation. The question is: "a tenant is requesting another key - should ...
2 8 weeks 1 day ago
by puzzledlandlord
7 weeks 6 days ago
by puzzledlandlord
Theft from storage unit in apartment building. I landlord liable for failing to provide security?
I live in older apartment building that provides storage for tenants. The storage facility is basic and has not been well maintained, even though t...
1 8 weeks 2 hours ago
by sburdan
7 weeks 6 days ago
by Phippslaw
can i look at my own file that my landlord has?
can i look at my own file that my landlord has? I think they are putting things in there that are not correct
0 7 weeks 6 days ago
by skylar655
Eviction, Landlord's Home of Record
My question is a bit long-winded. I informed my landlord that I was not going to be able to pay my rent promptly on 01 July. I informed that 20 Ju...
0 8 weeks 2 hours ago
by PMFahey
Who is responsible for onsite laundry
I live in an apartment building with 13 apartments. We just got a new landlord but since he has taken over our dryer has broke. The maintance can't fi...
0 8 weeks 4 days ago
by Dallen79
Failure of landlord to uphold terms of lease
My current landlord has not upheld many aspects of a current lease. Although I started paying rent for the first day of the month (Sept) last year, t...
0 8 weeks 4 days ago
by Great Tenant
notice to pay or this valid due immediatly
I just received a notice to pay or quit all it says is i am obligated to pay rent due to a verbal agreement as i have no lease ..that my rent is late ...
0 8 weeks 5 days ago
by mariecingolani8...
My Roomate's Dog
My roommate is violating our pet agreement. He has brought two dogs into the apartment without the permission of the landlord. The dogs defecate and u...
0 8 weeks 5 days ago
by joyo66
Please help me avoid homelessness
Hello, I have been served with a notice to quit ( two of them...One by the landlord with a date on top that she did not give to me until 9 days after...
0 8 weeks 5 days ago
by needhelpfast
Harassing Landlord
Hello, My landlord lives downstairs. She is older, Armenian, and we cannot communicate very well. She has screamed at our friends after they were inv...
1 9 weeks 9 hours ago
by hdkl33
8 weeks 6 days ago
by Phippslaw
landlord/tenant security
do i have to put my tenants security in an interest bearing account if i let them make payments on it? and in 2 years have still not even payed half. ...
0 9 weeks 4 days ago
by ashleystlaurent10
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. ...
2 1 year 1 week ago
by edgesnotrounded
9 weeks 4 days ago
by ermile3
LL moving out of country
I am currently negotiating a lease with a landlord who is owner/occupant of a condo. They are moving out of the country and renting their condo. They ...
0 9 weeks 6 days ago
by Azhalaw
Landlord aware of other tenant violating lease and is not taking action
I live in a 2 family home and my landlord is aware that the second floor tenants have 6 people not on the lease a total of 10 people in a 3 bedroom an...
0 9 weeks 6 days ago
by Icordero
Security deposits on apartment
I have put down a security deposit on a apartment in lowell ma. I have not signed the lease yet, but i did sign a paper saying I put down the security...
0 10 weeks 1 hour ago
by stevefitness
Landlord camps illegally in yard
My landlords use what is legally defined as a storage shed (which they built 3 years ago) as a cabin to spend weeks in at a time. They have us sign a ...
0 10 weeks 6 hours ago
by Lyra
Electricity during repairs
I am a landlord has hired a contractor to replace stairs. The job will take about 5 hours which requires electricity and there is no common outlet. Is...
0 10 weeks 3 days ago
by LGonyou
tenant refuses to sign a new lease that has changed, but doesn't intent to vacate.
I have had tenants for 2 years sharing my home. The lease was not properly worded for this arrangement (my oversight) but we originally verbally agre...
0 10 weeks 3 days ago
by nicoll
Breaking Lease & Utility Payment Obligations
We had to break our lease on the house we rented in MA. We moved out of state. We returned the keys and turned over the utilities to the owner when w...
0 10 weeks 4 days ago
by Lesley Sehnert
Subtenant right to privacy and breaking a lease
Does a subtenant have the same rights to privacy that as a tenant? My daughter was a subtenant with the primary tenant also living in the apartment...
0 10 weeks 5 days ago
by kelleyoqb
Condo rules regarding multiple pets
I rent an apartment that is in a condo building. I have it in my lease that I am allowed two dogs and my landlord is aware that I have two dogs. I j...
0 11 weeks 7 hours ago
by cs_grad
notice to quit before lease ends
I have a tenant that signed a carefully vetted, standard MA lease to rent my house from October until the 8/31. Tenant raved about what a wonderful h...
0 11 weeks 2 days ago
by dappled
When does a House Guest acquire an "Estate at Will"
Had an interesting thing occur in the Southeast Housing Court today. I was attempting to evict a house guest who has been here a year. It is not a fai...
2 11 weeks 5 days ago
by Warrington
11 weeks 4 days ago
by Warrington
overpaid rent
I mistakenly overpaid my rent by a significant amount. It is the second to last month of my lease and I wrote the amount that I will be paying on my ...
0 11 weeks 4 days ago
by long
Rent increases and notice to vacate
Hello, my lease stipulates that I have 60 days before my lease ends to give a notice to vacate if I choose not to renew my lease. My landlord sent a l...
1 11 weeks 6 days ago
by camblaw212
11 weeks 5 days ago
by Boston Probate ...
Landlord has not signed lease, partial deposit has been paid
Three of us signed a lease on a house 28 days ago. We are meant to pay first and last month's rent, but due to various circumstances, only one of us h...
0 11 weeks 5 days ago
by meg_gradstudent
Question regarding backyard use by tenant
Hello, I am new to this forum so please forgive my ignorance, but I have 2 questions that relate to landlord tenant law within Massachusetts. I am ...
0 11 weeks 6 days ago
by gsaulnier
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...
6 2 years 29 weeks ago
by ck
12 weeks 4 days ago
by kibbybulldogz
Is it a landlord responsibility to curb garbage recepticles?
Hi, I am a new attorney and I recently moved to a three-family house with my roommates. There is trash collection twice a week. The trash bins sit ...
0 12 weeks 4 days ago
by Jleeb
Tenants notify landlords of intention to break lease, then change their minds
Three weeks into a year's lease beginning this past June, the young couple we signed had a violent fight; he moved out the next day, and she told us s...
0 12 weeks 4 days ago
by masslandlady
Auto Extending LEase
So I signed a lease back in August 2014 staying at a place for 1 year. I read the lease before signing it but forgot it was an auto extending lease fo...
0 12 weeks 4 days ago
by chowdaboy93
mold in apartment
I noticed a dark colored (possibly black) mold on the ceiling in my bedroom closet and contacted the emergency maintenance department of my complex th...
0 12 weeks 6 days ago
by lf123
Forced use of particular oil company due to service contract
Hello, Our landlord has always requested that we buy our heating oil from one particular company, due to a service contract they have for the heati...
0 12 weeks 6 days ago
by goodfaithtenant
When is lease really valid, what does it require?
We found apartment through realtor, for two roommates, my child and friend. Required monies, each with a cosigner, and credit approval. Both kids sign...
0 13 weeks 2 days ago
by EA2518
Landlord personal property
My landlord left a piano in my living room and said he would remove it eventually. After a couple of years it was still there so I finally removed it ...
0 13 weeks 4 days ago
by Rollo Tomasi
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 13 weeks 4 days ago
by storageproblem
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 13 weeks 5 days ago
by MassNative
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 13 weeks 6 days ago
by Sanray
13 weeks 5 days 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 14 weeks 6 days ago
by Fvoneche
14 weeks 2 days 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 5 years 1 week ago
by cool_beans00
14 weeks 3 days 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 14 weeks 5 days ago
by renter2001
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 15 weeks 1 day ago
by mpwedding
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 15 weeks 1 day ago
by willmankw
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 15 weeks 1 day ago
by Blazer647
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 15 weeks 1 day ago
by acrimoniousamity
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 15 weeks 3 days ago
by KReid79
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 15 weeks 4 days ago
by lawyer_assistance
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 6 years 5 weeks ago
by confused_renter
15 weeks 5 days 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 15 weeks 5 days ago
by coaster
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 15 weeks 6 days ago
by moremoneymoresheds
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 16 weeks 7 hours ago
by IrishPrincess83
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 16 weeks 1 day ago
by puzzledlandlord
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 16 weeks 3 days ago
by darkwingduck
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 16 weeks 4 days ago
by blondiealamode
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 16 weeks 5 days ago
by Richie 1
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 16 weeks 6 days ago
by SallyJ
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 16 weeks 6 days ago
by cadylady
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 16 weeks 6 days ago
by SorellaPeriod
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 17 weeks 10 hours ago
by jah1974
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 17 weeks 1 day ago
by brynofpaz

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