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Massachusetts Property Owners Must Comply With The Lead Laws

Do you own multiple-family dwelling units in Massachusetts ? Are you consideringLead hazard.jpg entering the market as an owner? If so, you must be familiar with the Massachusetts Lead Paint Law (Lead Law).The Lead Law is a robust policy designed to protect children.

What Are Massachusetts Heat Laws?

Massachusetts landlords must help the tenant maintain 64 to 68 °F fromHeat.jpg September 15 to June 15 under the Massachusetts heat laws. Massachusetts apartment heating laws are specified in the State Sanitary Code, officially 105 CMR 410 The Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation. This regulation has the force of law and governs all things apartment, including winter heating requirements.

Can My Massachusetts Landlord Raise My Rent?

Raising rent is always a contentious issue among Massachusetts landlords andLease Agreement.jpg 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.

May a Massachusetts Landlord Charge an Application Fee? NO!!

The answer is NO! A Massachusetts landlord may not charge an application fee,Lock.jpgwith one exception. Massachusetts General Laws states that at or prior to the commencement of any tenancy, no lessor may require a tenant or prospective tenant to pay any amount in excess of the following:

The Free Rent Trick in Massachusetts

robber leaving houseLandlords have been fighting the free rent trick in Massachusetts for decades. There's a giant loophole in the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 239 Section 8A, that gives the tenant a "get out of jail free" card with evictions. We call this loophole "the free rent trick."

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.

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