Q: My solar panels have been damaged by rodents. Company says warranty does not cover damage.
I have a question about my solar warranty. The system was installed in 2017 and is still under warranty. Squirrels (presumably) have built a nest and chewed some of the connections under one of the panels, but the company says their warranty does not cover this damage. I think the company... View More
answered on Oct 31, 2023
After a brief check I was unable to find any state regulations governing solar installers or installations. They may exist. Can you call your local building inspector and ask if there are any such regulations or regulations that would generally apply to correctly securing equipment from animal... View More
Q: Co-tenants signed lease together and are breaking up.
Our daughter and boyfriend signed a housing lease. 4 months remain. Our minor grandson (10) visits and stays in his own room on the weekends. The boyfriend states his financial obligation moving forward, will be 1/3 of the rent. The boyfriend did make less money than our daughter when they signed,... View More
answered on Oct 4, 2023
I assume the lease states your daughter and the boyfriend are 'jointly and severally' liable for the rent. This means that each is liable for the entire rent. In the event of dispute, the landlord can seek the entire rent from either your daughter or the boyfriend or both. I don't... View More
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Q: Is there anyone else I should contact or any legal recourse?
I’ll start with this is taking place in Massachusetts. A former tenant received mail in June from an attorney’s office. I marked the mail, return to sender and sent a separate certified letter advising the person no longer lived at my home. Last week a mailing for the tenant came in from the... View More
answered on Aug 20, 2023
If no relief is being sought against you, this is of no issue to you. The attorney's acts may be incorrect, ignorant or unfair but you have no right to redress against him. You may want to send the former tenant (if you know where he is) the letters you sent to the attorney and the court for... View More
Q: If a quitclaim to add spouse to the title of the house is not registered, do I still need his signature to sell?
I am married, but the house and mortgage are in my name only. If I add my spouse to the title through a quitclaim deed but don't register it, would the spouse be a legal co-owner of the house? If I die, how would the unregistered quitclaim affect the spouse's ownership of the property?
answered on Aug 18, 2023
If you convey property to another, whether you record the deed or not, the grantee owns the property and in order to convey to a third party, both of you must sign the deed. How the property is disposed on your death depends on how you and the grantee take title. If you convey to the grantee as... View More
Q: My ex has end stage dementia-I am his POA/HCP-hold mortgage on 1/2 house he shares-Can I get lieu deed before he dies?
I have never been paid any interest & want to keep family property safe. I have already paid off one other foreclosure on the property to keep it safe. It is shared (TIC) with his niece. I do not want to force sale of the property when he dies to get my money, so would like to deal with this... View More
answered on Aug 1, 2023
So I understand correctly, your ex owns the house as tenants in common with his niece and you have a mortgage on his interest in the property only. You propose to accept a deed in lieu of foreclosure of his interest in the house. Following such a transfer, you will be tenants in common with the... View More
Q: Can I sue a plumber city inspector for not doing his job correctly and I'm losing money because of that?
My plumber requested a rough inspection, inspector came and didn't bother to get out of the car, he saw a pipe outside and asked the plummer to fix it. Plumber fixed it and requested another visit, inspector came and saw pipe on the entrance and asked plumber to fix, plumber fixed and... View More
answered on Jul 28, 2023
There are numerous laws governing the conduct of municipal officials which may be implicated in your situation. It is also possible that your plumber is the problem. Next time the inspector comes to the house, ask him/her to inspect the entire house. If you are acquainted with anyone on the... View More
Q: Is this situation considered "charging for services not provided" under Consumer Protection Chapter 93a?
I purchased a "package" of 10 day school classes for my dog with a dog training company. After using 6 of those classes I was fired as a client without discussion or reason. The company is refusing the refund me for the remaining 4 classes. Since I was already charged for these classes... View More
answered on Jul 21, 2023
You should consult the terms of the contract with the dog training company. That should outline what your rights and responsibilities are. If you feel your termination was an unfair and deceptive act or practice, and you are entitled to a refund, prepare a demand letter under G.L. c. 93A. For... View More
Q: Does IRS get notified if a house goes through probate?
If the estate puts a house through probate, but none of the estate holders want the place, as another family member owns the other 2/3, no money is exchanged. The only reason we are going through probate is to remove my grandmother's name from the deed so I can refinance my mortgage
answered on Jun 5, 2023
You should speak to a lawyer on this because real estate has substantial value and you should obtain individualized advice.
For your convenience only, for decedents dying after 2018, there is no federal estate tax on gross estates valued at less than $11,180,000.00. There is no... View More
Q: Signed contract in Oct 2021 with two contractors (partners) for home addition. No timeline specified.
One contractor (construction supervisor) show up only on several occasions, did not supervise subcontractors and did shoddy work. Had to let him go and take over the building permit myself. His partner has been trying to make good but has informed me he probably cannot finish the job. I have... View More
answered on Jun 1, 2023
If you feel the partners will not pay and you do not trust them to finish the work, it may be time to complete the work by hiring someone else and consult a lawyer about collecting the completion costs. You would argue the partners have breached the contract and that you are entitled to damages in... View More
Q: We stopped paying our mortgage when the servicing company messed up. That was 2011, has staute of limitations run out on
It doesn't show on credit report and they want to auction house now after 12 years. Don't care about the house but don't want to have to file bankruptcy 12 years after the fact. We haven't lived there for 12 years.
answered on Apr 17, 2023
The statute of limitations for a suit on a promissory note in Massachusetts is six years from the date of breach and the limitations period can be extended by part payment. If you stopped paying more than six years ago and did not subsequently make partial payments, and there was nothing that would... View More
Q: How do I get a redemption for a real estate tax taking in Massachusetts?
My local tax collectors office filed a tax taking back in 2008 for outstanding real estate taxes due on an investment property? The delinquent taxes were paid by my mortgage servicer from my escrow account.
A recent title search shows the 2008 tax taking lien recorded, but a redemption or... View More
answered on Apr 12, 2023
If the tax title amount has been paid, the town is required to issue a redemption. The town is permitted, but not required , to request the recording fee for recording the certificate as a condition of providing the certificate, and then must record the certificate. I believe the recording fee for... View More
Q: What are the laws around visitor parking in communities?
My car got towed from visitor parking spot in the “The Chase at Overlook Ridge” in Revere, MA. The spot had a sign stating “Visitor Parking - unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owners expense”. When I went to take my car from the towing company, they said the building management hs a... View More
answered on Apr 10, 2023
G.L. c. 266 s. 120D covers towing from private parking lots and prohibits towing except in certain circumstances.... View More
Q: Should a builder have disclosed detention pond near condo house?
I bought a new construction condo house 15 months ago that I am supposed to close on, in a few days. The plans and agreement showed that there is a wetland in the area far from my house but a vast green area beside my lot which was the main factor to choose this exact lot. For the last few months,... View More
answered on Mar 6, 2023
You should review this with your attorney as soon as possible to review all the facts and documents because you may have the basis of a claim. If you do not want to go forward with the purchase you should establish a strategy and get input from your attorney on the costs and benefits of litigating... View More
Q: House owner went into property before scheduled walk thru
My ex fiancé and mother went in on a house together. When we broke up he wanted to kick my mom out, we sued him for breach of contract when he filled for evection. We won and my mom has until February 28, 2023 to vacate the property at that time we will do a walk thru of premises and then he will... View More
answered on Feb 28, 2023
I assume your ex's entry into the property violated the parties' settlement agreement. However, you do not articulate any harm to you or your mother as a result of his acts and therefore you would not be entitled to damages. Therefore, it does not seem to be in your interest to reopen the... View More
Q: Is certificate required for septic repair?
Spent $5k on septic repair when wastewater flooded the yard from the leach field. I wasn't given a certificate. Is one always needed to claim the credit? This wasn't a simple drain clog and the entire leech field was dug up, cleaned up, and soil replaced. I have a detailed invoice and... View More
answered on Feb 23, 2023
I don't think you need a new Title V cert. unless you are selling the house. The system has to have 'failed' in order for you to claim the credit. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/view-residential-property-tax-credits. I would contact the DEP or ask your accountant when you file... View More
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Q: i financed a car
i financed a car on 1/20/23 had it in my possesion for 6 hrs and engine cut out oil spilling everywhere had it towed back to dealership same night was given a rental for 3 weeks dealership called me and said they had another car to offer and said 2500 would go to new car for trade in they made of... View More
answered on Feb 22, 2023
This should be covered by the Massachusetts Used Car Lemon Law. This explains it in more detail than I can in a Q&A forum like this one: https://www.mass.gov/guides/guide-to-used-vehicle-warranty-law You should call the hotline phone number listed n the website and explain the situation to... View More
Q: are cases filed in Small Claims Court by Debt Collectors subjected to Massachusetts Rule of Civil Procedure 8.1 require
a detailed affidavit providing 1.
specific information about the debt, like the name of the original creditor, the name of the current debt owner, the date of the last payment, and the chain of ownership from the creditor to the current owner of the debt....
file an affidavit... View More
answered on Jan 26, 2023
I know of nothing in the rule addressing this specifically, but the references to complaint, clerk, district court, etc. lead me to believe Rule 8.1 does not apply to small claims. Also, small claims rule 2(b) contains its own verification of debt requirements for assigned debt.
Q: Can I withhold my broker's fee payment?
The home my broker found us has delayed our move-in date multiple times as they haven't gotten their BFD inspection. This possibility of delay was a clause in the lease and I was nervous about it but my broker told me that they only really put that clause in 'in case of natural disaster... View More
answered on Jan 10, 2023
If the possibility of delay was written into the lease there would be an argument that you assumed the risk of delay and therefore have no recourse for your losses due to the delay. You should examine any separate contract you may have with the broker as to whether and how his fee is earned. Maybe... View More
Q: Who or what type of law do I need for chase bank reporting my payment late without viable legal warrant. Who do I call?
Submitted a car payment to Chase Manhattan bank the same way I had previously got a confirmation receipt cheat code never was notified by Chase that the payment wasn’t received or did not go through so the next month I made the payment the same way and at that point was notified of the issues... View More
answered on Jan 4, 2023
If I understand correctly, you have made payments and submitted documentary evidence but Chase refuses to credit the payments to your account. Try contacting the Massachusetts Attorney General's consumer assistance division.... View More
Q: What are my options when trying to remove myself from house deed?
My brother and I, inherited house. My brother has lived in the house for 3 years and not helping with property tax and yet to file yearly taxes, as he is the authorized rep of the estate. My name is on the house deed. How can I remove myself from any obligations as I am no longer financial able to... View More
answered on Jan 3, 2023
Contact your brother and advise him you no longer wish to own the property. Hire a lawyer to prepare a deed of your interest in the house to your brother. Ensure your brother agrees to accept a deed to the property. Have the lawyer record the deed with your brother's assent so that when the... View More
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