Raising rent is always a contentious issue among Massachusetts landlords and tenants. Are raises in rent allowed? The answer depends upon the rental agreement between the parties: whether there is a lease or tenancy-at-will.
A lease is where the landlord and tenant contract for the rental of property, most often in one year terms. With a lease, the rent is fixed, and unless the lease says otherwise, raises in rent are not allowed. Some leases have provisions that apply to raises in rent if the lease continues beyond its original terms, so landlords and tenants should read these agreements carefully.
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