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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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January 26, 2017

Boston Landlord Lawyer Explains Proper Handling of Remaining Property After Move-Out

Tenants seldom leave their units in move-in condition, so most landlords expect to do some work, including disposing of trash that tenants leave behind. When remaining property has a perceived value, however, landlords typically have a responsibility to handle the goods with a degree of care.

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January 12, 2017

Three Statutes That Can Help Keep Certain Tenants Safe

According to a report from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Massachusetts domestic violence programs serve nearly 2,000 victims in a single day. In many cases, the perpetrators of these crimes live with their victims or otherwise have personal knowledge, so the need for immediate relocation is often essential.

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December 27, 2016

The Ins and Outs of Evicting Tenants For Cause

Most Massachusetts landlords are well aware of the overall process required to evict tenants. They may be less aware, however, that the reasons for evictions play an important role in the rules behind the actual eviction process.

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December 20, 2016

Handling Rent Payment Delays With a Holiday Spirit

'Tis the season for making lofty holiday gift purchases, but when tenants go overboard on their holiday spending, they can fall short when rent time rolls around. Do holiday-related missed rent payments automatically signal the need to begin eviction proceedings?

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November 25, 2016

Landlords: How Much Security Must You Provide for Tenants?

Providing housing to multiple families carries significant responsibilities. In addition to handling legal issues ranging from leases to tenant complaints, maintaining habitable premises is a detailed and time-consuming process. Clearly, this means that buildings must meet certain basic requirements such as providing running water, kitchen facilities and heat.

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November 18, 2016

Boston Landlord Tenant Lawyer Explains When Children Can be Prohibited From Rental Units

The Fair Housing Act protects families against housing discrimination based on many factors, including ensuring that children cannot be prohibited from living in rental properties. Still, large numbers of baby boomers have residential needs as well — and many prefer to live in adults-only communities.

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