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Reasons Massachusetts Landlords May Evict Tenants

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Massachusetts landlords may only evict tenants for the following reasons:
  • Non-payment of rent
  • Violations of lease provisions
  • Nuisance/damage to unit
  • Illegal activity such as drug use
  • Refusal to agree to lease extension or renewal
  • Failure to provide access
  • Subtenant not approved by landlord
  • Landlord requires premises for housing for family member
  • Post-foreclosure and occupant refuses to pay fair market rent

Whether you are a tenant or landlord faced with an eviction problem, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar at 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation consultation to learn of your rights.

Massachusetts Tenants May File a Counterclaim Against Landlord During Eviction

Massachusetts tenants in eviction ("summary process") cases have the option ofHome.jpg suing the landlord who is trying to evict them, in an action known as a counterclaim. A counterclaim, is a lawsuit brought against the party who first filed the lawsuit. Counterclaims are permitted in eviction cases brought for a tenant's failure to pay rent or a no-fault eviction. Counterclaims are not permitted for cause evictions (ex. violating the terms of a lease).

Tenants: How to Handle Unsafe Conditions in Your Massachusetts Apartment

Unsafe conditions in a Massachusetts apartment is an unfortunate reality for many tenants andDanger Warning.jpg landlords owning rental property. Buildings by nature get old and need repair, and despite the efforts of even the best landlords, unsafe conditions in an apartment can arise.

Massachusetts Landlords Cannot Refuse to Rent to Criminals

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),Request for criminal background check.jpg refusing to rent based on a criminal records is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice, despite the fact that criminal history is not a protected class under the federal Fair Housing Act.

Massachusetts College Student Housing Rule: "No More Than Four"

With thousands of college students set to invade Massachusetts the next week, theApt for Rent.jpg Chief of Boston's Inspectional Services Department is letting local landlords know that he intends to enforce an eight year old ordinance barring no more than four undergraduate students from living together in off-campus apartments and houses.

Stays of Execution in Massachusetts Landlord and Tenant Cases

If you are a Massachusetts landlord who has already followed proper evictionApt - Condo.jpg procedures and the court found that you are entitled to a judgment and execution for possession, or perhaps you entered into a Summary Process Agreement for Judgment with your tenants, which requires them to vacate by a certain date, here is important information you should know if the tenant files a Motion to Stay, thereby requesting additional time to move.

Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence in Massachusetts? You Have a Right to Break Your Lease!

The Massachusetts Domestic Violence Act allows victims of sexual assault andDomestic Violence 1.jpg stalking the right to break their leases without significant financial penalty, have the landlord change their locks, and other important protections. The important provisions of the new law are as follows:

infographic: Tenant: Tips On Preventing Burglary in Massachusetts

The best way to protect against a burglary in Massachusetts is to be well-informed. That starts with learning the who, what, when, where, why, and how of burglaries, so tenants can better understand what they are up against. Landlords should take action by familiarizing your tenants with common security mistakes to avoid, and by implementing simple do-it-yourself tips and tricks for burglar-proofing your properties.

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