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Reimburse Tenant for Oil Left in Tank?

I have a tenant moving out at the end of the month because they bought a new house. They are requesting that I reimburse them for the oil they leave in the heating oil tank. The tank was not full upon the initial rental agreement, nor was there any agreement in place promising or denying reimbursement. Am I required to reimburse them the cost of the left over fuel?

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I do not know of any law in Massachusetts that requires a landlord to reimburse a tenant for oil remaining in the tank at the end of a tenancy.  Wish I could be more definitive, but I'm not sure.  I will say that paying the old tenant for the oil and then charging the new tenant for the same oil could cause you to run afoul of Massachusetts law that limits what landlords can charge tenants at the beginning of a tenancy.  Massachusetts law prohibits landlords from collecting any money in advance of a new tenancy other than the first and last month's rent, a security deposit in an amount equal to or less than one month's rent, and the cost of installing a new lock. (Massachusetts General Laws, c. 186, s. 15B).

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