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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 1 week 4 days ago
by vinay
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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 1 week 5 days ago
by Khuss023
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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 1 week 6 days ago
by Friendinmass
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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 2 weeks 23 hours ago
by mdeangel
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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 2 weeks 2 days ago
by mtru10
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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 46 weeks 6 days ago
by MP
2 weeks 3 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 2 weeks 4 days ago
by Kmarie22
2 weeks 3 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 3 weeks 4 hours ago
by puzzledlandlord
2 weeks 4 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 2 weeks 5 days ago
by sburdan
2 weeks 5 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 2 weeks 5 days ago
by skylar655
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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 2 weeks 5 days ago
by PMFahey
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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 3 weeks 2 days ago
by Dallen79
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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 3 weeks 2 days ago
by Great Tenant
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notice to pay or quit..is 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 3 weeks 3 days ago
by mariecingolani8...
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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 3 weeks 3 days ago
by joyo66
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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 3 weeks 4 days ago
by needhelpfast
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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 3 weeks 6 days ago
by hdkl33
3 weeks 5 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 4 weeks 3 days ago
by ashleystlaurent10
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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 48 weeks 3 days ago
by edgesnotrounded
4 weeks 3 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 4 weeks 4 days ago
by Azhalaw
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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 4 weeks 4 days ago
by Icordero
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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 4 weeks 5 days ago
by stevefitness
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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 4 weeks 5 days ago
by Lyra
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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 5 weeks 2 days ago
by LGonyou
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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 5 weeks 2 days ago
by nicoll
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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 5 weeks 3 days ago
by Lesley Sehnert
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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 5 weeks 3 days ago
by kelleyoqb
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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 5 weeks 5 days ago
by cs_grad
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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 6 weeks 1 day ago
by dappled
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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 6 weeks 3 days ago
by Warrington
6 weeks 2 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 6 weeks 3 days ago
by long
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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 6 weeks 4 days ago
by camblaw212
6 weeks 4 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 6 weeks 4 days ago
by meg_gradstudent
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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 6 weeks 5 days ago
by gsaulnier
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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...
6 2 years 24 weeks ago
by ck
7 weeks 2 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 7 weeks 2 days ago
by Jleeb
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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 7 weeks 3 days ago
by masslandlady
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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 7 weeks 3 days ago
by chowdaboy93
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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 7 weeks 5 days ago
by lf123
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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 7 weeks 5 days ago
by goodfaithtenant
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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 8 weeks 23 hours ago
by EA2518
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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 8 weeks 2 days ago
by Rollo Tomasi
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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 8 weeks 3 days 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 8 weeks 3 days 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 8 weeks 4 days ago
by Sanray
8 weeks 4 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 9 weeks 5 days ago
by Fvoneche
9 weeks 1 day 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 47 weeks ago
by cool_beans00
9 weeks 2 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 9 weeks 3 days 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 9 weeks 6 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 9 weeks 6 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 10 weeks 7 hours 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 10 weeks 15 hours 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 10 weeks 2 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 10 weeks 2 days 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 6 years 4 days ago
by confused_renter
10 weeks 3 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 10 weeks 3 days 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 10 weeks 4 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 10 weeks 5 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 11 weeks 15 hours 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 11 weeks 1 day 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 11 weeks 2 days 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 11 weeks 4 days 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 11 weeks 4 days 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 11 weeks 5 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 11 weeks 5 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 11 weeks 6 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 11 weeks 6 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 12 weeks 1 day 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 12 weeks 1 day 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 12 weeks 2 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 12 weeks 2 days 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 12 weeks 5 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 13 weeks 1 day 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 13 weeks 2 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 13 weeks 3 days 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 14 weeks 3 days 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 14 weeks 4 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 14 weeks 6 days ago
by elliesdog
14 weeks 5 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 14 weeks 6 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 15 weeks 2 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 15 weeks 5 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 15 weeks 6 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 16 weeks 1 day 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 16 weeks 2 days ago
by leed24
16 weeks 2 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 16 weeks 2 days 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 16 weeks 3 days 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 16 weeks 4 days 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 16 weeks 5 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 16 weeks 6 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 16 weeks 6 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 17 weeks 1 day 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 17 weeks 5 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 18 weeks 19 hours 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 18 weeks 1 day 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 18 weeks 1 day 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 18 weeks 2 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 18 weeks 2 days 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 18 weeks 5 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 18 weeks 6 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 16 weeks ago
by lacie2014
19 weeks 1 day ago
by abc123

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