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February 28, 2019

What Are Your Tenant’s Rights When The Bed Bugs Bite?

Bed bugs are insidious insects that are increasingly becoming a problem in city apartment buildings.

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January 31, 2019

Your Landlord Wants to Renovate or Repair Your Apartment: What Are Your Rights?

Sometimes when a rental property is occupied, a landlord will decide that repairs or renovations are necessary or desirable. But living in an apartment when repairs or renovations are underway can be noisy, uncomfortable, and even dangerous.

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December 31, 2018

What To Do After You Receive a Notice to Quit: Defenses to Eviction

The first thing a Boston eviction defense lawyer will tell you after you receive a notice to quit your rental home is, “don’t panic.”

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November 30, 2018

Does a Tenant Need Approval to Sublet?

Sometimes, even when you had the best of intentions, you just are not able to honor the full term of your lease. Perhaps you are a college student returning home for the summer. Maybe you took a job in a new city and need to move; or maybe you want to get away from insufferable roommates.

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October 31, 2018

Security Deposits and the Law: How Boston Landlords Can Avoid Costly Mistakes

One of the most heavily regulated areas of landlord-tenant law revolves around security deposits. The Massachusetts laws regarding tenant security deposits can be confusing and hard to follow, so it is no surprise that this is a common area where landlords make mistakes.

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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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