A lease is a contract between the owner of a property (landlord) and the tenant, who wishes to rent, or “lease” the property, either as their residence or for business purposes. Although there are certain exceptions to having a written agreement that outlines the terms of the agreement, it is incredibly important to have a written lease agreement. Just as important is the need for that lease agreement to conform to the law. Massachusetts has a number of laws and regulations that are very strict regarding housing. It is a good idea to consult with a landlord-tenant lawyer to create or review your lease agreement.
Not every rental scenario turns out to be beneficial. For a landlord, it could be that the tenant has failed to pay rent, or is violating the lease agreement. For the tenant, there are times when it becomes nearly impossible to live at the property and the landlord has not solved the problems, or that the landlord has wrongfully evicted you from the property before being able to go to court.
We handle evictions of all kinds and have extensive experience at Housing Court. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to consult with an attorney prior to evicting a tenant, or if you have been wrongfully evicted without a court hearing.
Security Deposit Disputes
Massachusetts has a strict law regarding security deposits. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it cannot hurt to consult with an attorney regarding your rights over the security deposit. For more reading on security deposit disputes, you can read our blog post by clicking here.
There are times when a municipality attempts to condemn your home after inspection by enforcing the state sanitary codes. The worst thing that you can do in these situations is ignore the complaint and fail to show up at court. We have helped in a number of code enforcement situations where the owners of the home were able to come up with a plan of rehabilitation and prevent the home from being placed into receivership.
Representation in Court
Housing Court can be a confusing place if you don’t know what you are doing. It is a good investment to hire an attorney to determine what rights you have, and, if necessary, represent you in court. We have represented numerous clients at housing court, with very successful results. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation.