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September 28, 2018

The Place You Rent is in Foreclosure. Now What?

You have been a great tenant for years. You pay your rent on time each and every month and treat your landlord’s property as if it were your own. Now the unthinkable has happened. The place that you call home has gone into foreclosure.

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August 31, 2018

Lease Terms: How Long Should They Be?

A Boston landlord tenant lawyer can provide comprehensive advice to property owners and to renters in negotiating the terms of a lease agreement. There are many provisions that need to be included in a lease, including details about what a tenant is permitted to do with the property and how much a tenant will pay to rent the space.

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July 31, 2018

The Pros and Cons of a Month-to-Month Lease

A Boston tenant lawyer can provide advice to both landlords and tenants on key issues inherent with lease agreements. One of the most important issues that may need to be addressed is the length of the lease term.  For residential tenants, it is very common to sign a one year lease, which would mean the tenant is obligated to stay and pay rent for a year and the landlord cannot evict the tenant without cause or raise rent during this one year period of time.

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June 29, 2018

Property Sold: Can a Landlord Force Tenants to Leave Once a Property is Sold?

The relationship between a landlord and tenant is governed by both a lease agreement between the parties as well as by Massachusetts law. State laws protect certain rights of tenants, while lease agreements establish enforceable obligations on both parties.

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May 31, 2018

Getting Your First Apartment? Here's What You Need to Know About Leases

If you are getting an apartment for the first time, you should be aware that signing a lease can be a big commitment. You'll be bound by the terms of the written lease, and if you do not follow the lease agreement including paying rent as promised and not engaging in prohibited behaviors, you could be evicted from a rental property. Eviction goes on your credit report and is very damaging to your credit. It's also costly as you could end up in court and the landlord could get a court order requiring you to repay lost funds.

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April 30, 2018

Can a Landlord Enter a Tenant's Property Uninvited?

When you rent an apartment or house, you expect that you will have privacy within the confines of your own home. Of course, your landlord is the legal owner of the property, so the landlord may expect to be given access to the home. 

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March 30, 2018

What if a Tenant Won't Leave After Eviction?

Evicting a tenant can be a complicated prospect in Boston because you have to follow Massachusetts laws that protect tenants. This means you cannot just lock a tenant out of his or her apartment if the tenant stops paying the rent or violates the terms of the lease.  You need to go to court and go through the formal eviction process. A Boston eviction attorney can help.

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March 16, 2018

Security Deposits: What Are the Rules on Withholding Money?

Under the law in the state of Massachusetts, there are strict rules regarding security deposits. Landlords are not allowed to ask for a security deposit that is larger than the first month's rent and if landlords rent to tenants in subsidized housing, there are additional restrictions on the amount landlords can charge.

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February 28, 2018

How Long Does an Eviction Take in Boston, MA?

When a landlord evicts a tenant, the tenant is required to vacate the premises.  Eviction can be very disruptive for landlords, who incur legal costs and lose a tenant, as well as for renters who are displaced from their homes.  Despite the turmoil an eviction can create, landlords do evict tenants regularly in Boston for lease violations including nonpayment.

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January 26, 2018

Do I Have to Let My Landlord Come Into My Home?

The fact that your landlord owns the property does not give her unfettered access. Your landlord may only enter your rental home under certain conditions and for good reasons. In essence, MA law balances your rights to enjoy your home with the rights of the landlord to protect her property.

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