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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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December 29, 2017

What Are My Landlords Obligations to Make My Apartment Habitable?

It is not enough that you have a roof over your head. Your landlord is required to keep your home habitable. But, what exactly does “habitable” mean?

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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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