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November 30, 2017

Is This Lease Fair?

When you sign a lease, you are signing a contract. This means you and the landlord agree to abide by all terms contained within the document. Therefore, before you sign, read the lease carefully and make sure you understand the terms

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October 31, 2017

Can My Landlord Evict Me for No Reason? Eviction Without Cause in Massachusetts

“A landlord can’t just convict me for no reason, can it?” The answer to that question is unfortunately “yes” if the tenant’s lease has already expired. The landlord is under no obligation to renew a lease or allow the tenant to remain.

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September 26, 2017

Common Landlord-Tenant Disputes and Ways to Get Through Them

The landlord-tenant relationship may involve a business agreement. However, when a contract involves the home of one of the parties, it is far more personal than many other legal documents. Even in Boston, where the law focuses on looking out for tenants, common issues can become emotionally-charged and challenging to resolve.

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August 25, 2017

Tenant Rights to Discrimination-Free Rentals

Federal legislation prohibits housing discrimination of six protected classes, and Massachusetts law extends the list even further. Although tenants can often recognize the signs when landlords subject them to housing discrimination, they may not always recognize less-obvious signals. When landlord actions seem illogical or unfair, a discussion with a Boston tenant lawyer can help clarify tenant rights under the law.

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July 26, 2017

Return of the Security Deposit: A Common Tenant Challenge

Representing a one-month rent payment, the security deposit amounts to a substantial cash outlay for renters. The financial stress basically doubles when tenants move from one rental unit to another because they typically have to pay a second security deposit for the new unit before receiving a refund from the landlord from the vacated premises.

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June 26, 2017

Not All Lease Language is Legally Valid

As a general rule, tenants learn that the lease (also known as rental agreement) is a valid contract that serves as the final authority for identifying their rights and responsibilities. Still, lease language is governed by MA law, with the subsections of Section 15 within the MA General Laws identifying various invalid lease provisions.

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May 26, 2017

Tenants Have Special Rights in No-Fault Evictions

Non-payment of rent is probably the most common reason why tenants are evicted, followed by other situations in which tenants are at fault. Still, tenants need to understand that they cannot avoid evictions that happen solely to meet landlord or other needs. These are known as no-fault evictions, and they are allowed under MA law.

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April 26, 2017

Massachusetts Renters Have Some Options for Handling Tenant Versus Tenant Disputes

Whether a building houses a hundred rental units, just a few or anything in between, they all require some form of community focus. Renters have a contractual relationship with their landlords in the form of a lease agreement; but, they have not signed any form of contract with other renters.

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March 29, 2017

Illegal Tenant Activities Can Expedite Tenant Evictions

When tenants engage in illegal activities, it is logical that landlords want to immediately remove them from the premises to protect their property and the safety of other tenants. Even in these cases, however, landlords must go to court and follow a specific legal process.

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February 17, 2017

Can You Prove Changes in Property Condition When Your Tenants Move Out?

The best landlord-tenant relationships can crumble at the very end, when the landlord withholds some or all of the security deposit after the move-out. In many cases, landlords need these funds to pay for repairs or cleanup beyond the norm, but the tenants believe that they left the premises just as they found them when they moved in.

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