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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:

When Can a Massachusetts Tenant Break a Residential Lease?

What's a Massachusetts residential lease? A lease, is a contract for the rental of property. AsRental agreement 1.jpg such, a lease is enforceable at law. If a tenant signs a lease which is usually for a one-year term, the tenant is liable for rental payments during that period of time.

Massachusetts Landlords May Deduct For Move Out Damage to Apartment

When a Massachusetts tenant leaves damage to a rental unit at move out, theApartment buildings.jpg Massachusetts Security Deposit Law allows a landlord to deduct the cost of repairs from the security deposit, provided the landlord issues a sworn statement of itemized damage along with repair estimates within 30 days of the move out. 

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."

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