Massachusetts security deposit (if that is what you are talking about) law is very favorable to the tenant, but there are very particular aspects to the law. Go to masslegalhelp and read up on a landlord's obligation to return a security deposit (if that is what you are talking about) If...Read more »
We have a property (1800s) that we want to rent out. However, the presence/absence of lead is unknown. As landlords, are we required to test the presence of lead (and de-lead if found) before we rent it out? Can we have the tenants sign an agreement that it has been informed to them that it is... Read more »
You are required to test for the presence of lead before you rent. You do not necessarily have to de-lead the property before renting, there are other ways to deal with lead paint. You cannot require tenants sign an agreement stating they accept the presence of lead on the property. This is a good...Read more »
My mother was in a nursing home for 3 years when she died. My brother asked to move into her home 2 years ago. My mother has a will, but my sister and I were concerned because my brother is a person who does not pay his bills. We had the estate lawyer draw up an agreement that basically said my... Read more »
My mother and her sister are deeded owners of our home. In 2018 the deed was re-filed to include my mom and also release homestead rights for her sisters husband. The married co-owner has since deceased and we are making sure the release of homestead clause ensures he has no right or legal... Read more »
Your question is unclear and I suggest that you should state whether the last deed has more than one grantee listed and if so, does it state that the grantees are joint tenants with the right of survivorship and not tenants in common? Homestead waivers are separate documents. You should also have a...Read more »
After a break up I spent some time living with my Nana. Our agreement was I’d work in lieu of rent in her shop, but pay utilities in the house I occupied since it’s normally empty. The utilities were in her name. After events ranging from abusive, to manipulative, to straight out slanderous I... Read more »
You appear to understand and agree that you owe the bill for March. However, if you do not know the amount to pay, you cannot pay it. Your Nana would have to show you knew the amount you had to pay, that she asked you for the money, and you refused to pay.
Have you received medical treatment for same? Are there any scars? You may have a harassment claim against the landlord and if there have been three harassing incidents by this person you can obtain an order from the district court for your locality, but there are special rules under the COVID...Read more »
Multiple leases signed over the course of this fiasco. Is there any way to sue for reimbursement for timeshare being exhausted, multiple hotel and resort stays plus the mental pain and suffering from all of this?
I would need more information to give an answer. I've worked with most timeshare companies, but I'm not entirely sure what happened. It's possible there's a breach of contract claim, but that would largely depend on the agreement and additional facts I don't have. Feel free...Read more »
My husband and I rented a condo in Norton, MA. We have the contract. Landlord put camera at front door and one of the bedroom. Landlord also did not fulfill the contract because they have their dad staying there for two months. They were our friends so we did not want to make a big deal. I personal... Read more »
In my experience as a criminal defense attorney, my first suggestion would be to go to the police to report that you've been video recorded in the bedroom of the apartment you were living in. Provide them with as much proof as possible of these videos, as well as a lease/contract to show you...Read more »
Hello, I received a noticed from my landlord that I am no longer able to use the basement for storage and I can no longer use/have my washer and dryer in the basement. Which is his right to denie me access as this is his house. Even though that's part of the reason I rented the house and it... Read more »
I have complained to management in person and in writing. To move, waiting list is two years for new unit. Neighbor bangs on the floor with a hammer i think. She stomps like an elephant. She plays music very loud. She throws foodstuff out her windows, landing on my window sills and attracting... Read more »
I cannot answer your question based on the facts you have provided. It depends in part on why you want to sue your landlord. Certain actions taken by your landlord may constitute violations of the consumer protection statute, Chapter 93A. Since you are probably renting your apartment to use as your...Read more »
Background: I recently discovered that my condo unit’s first tenant had switched parking spaces with a tenant on the opposite side the their building. This gave each party a spot right outside their own unit. When I got a new tenant they continued with that spot. My current tenant wants to buy... Read more »
Yes. If parking spaces in your condo. are deeded, you would have to trade deeds with the other unit/parking space owner. Your could also give each other reciprocal easements or licenses. If parking spaces are assigned by the condo. you might be able to get the board of trustees to switch...Read more »
I have lived in my apartment for 4 years in April. As of this latest lease starting in May 2018, it was agreed that we would begin to pay for parking in the parking garage on site, $25/vehicle. Before agreeing to the additional charge, my boyfriend asked if it was possible to dedicate these 2... Read more »
I don't see a problem with offering that additional service, so long as it doesn't violate any possible contractual right you might have to park your car in an available space for $25/mo assuming you were told you would definitely be provided a spot (though not a dedicated spot). More...Read more »
Hello, im an 18 year old High school senior who will be graduating in 2019. I was wondering the law(s) regarding my step father kicking me out of the house as I am still a student. My mother lives in this home as well, however, she is against this decision, but to make things less stressful I have... Read more »
The only way to answer your question is for you to hire an attorney to actually read and analyze the documents in question in order to properly advise you of your rights. Each contract is unique so a thorough review of both these documents is necessary to know how they interact and affect each...Read more »
My landlord won't seem to remove an abandoned car from our townhouse driveway even though everyone wants him to. He kept not doing anything so I called the city police and they said I can put a 24 hour watch on the car and they'd tow it. But feeling bad for the landlord, in... Read more »
You have answered your own question. You want the abandoned vehicle removed, and you know the police will remove it. Here is the relevant law so you can see how abandoned vehicles are handled: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter90/Section22B
I pay $60K/yr at my college. This year, the lock on my dorm has stopped working several times and I've had to pay to get let back in. The residence department did nothing to fix the issue when I contacted them.
Most recently, someone flooded the bathroom upstairs, which in turn... Read more »
Only if you develop a problem from the mold. Ask for a meeting with the person in charge of residence halls. If they don't give you one then contact a consumer attorney with the Mass Academy of Trial Attorneys in your area.
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