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... Read 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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read 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... Read more »
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... Read 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.... Read more »
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,... Read 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... Read more »
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... Read 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... Read more »
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... Read 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... Read more »
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... Read 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... Read more »
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... Read 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.
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... Read 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... Read more »
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... Read 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.... Read more »
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... Read 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... Read more »
Is supplementary process required before requesting wage or bank garnishment via trustee process? Will court allow me to skip the step of supplementary process and go straight to trustee process?
answered on Dec 27, 2022
I know of nothing requiring it. I have never had a judge deny a trustee process attachment because I had not pursued supplementary process first. However, allowing a trustee process attachment is within the court's discretion.
Is it legal for me to with hold providing them the final check until they complete the issues I have with the home? I have asked them for over a week to come to the home and address the issues with me and they've ignored every email and text and say I'm going to be late on their payment... Read more »
answered on Dec 6, 2022
I suggest you review the contract you have with the builder. It should state the circumstances under which the builder is entitled to full and final payment. It may give you a right to withhold payment pending completion of repairs per your request. Frequently building contracts have a provision... Read more »
answered on Nov 18, 2022
Yes, although many real estate purchase and sale agreements permit the seller to extend the date for closing under certain circumstances even though the buyer may not agree to extend. You should review your purchase and sale agreement .
An abutter (private parcel, NOT part of the HOA/subdivision) wants to develop their adjacent lot for a single family home in Massachusetts. Certain people have suggested that this parcel may be forced to become subject to the HOA covenants, even though those covenants, maps and recorded deeds... Read more »
answered on Nov 9, 2022
Based on your explanation of the situation, if the HOA documents do not describe the abutting property as part of the HOA, it is not subject to the HOA covenants. I cannot think of circumstances under which abutting property could be 'forced' to become part of the HOA unless there is... Read more »
I recently received the judgement itself in their favor saying I never went to the court date, but I never knew about it. In addition to that, the address on the judgement I received is wrong as it is my sister’s house where I have not lived for over a year now. The debt collector is fully aware... Read more »
answered on Nov 2, 2022
Take the judgment to the court that issued the judgment. Go to the Civil Clerk's office. Explain the situation to them and tell them you want to make a motion to vacate the judgment for all the reasons you described. Likely they have a form for you to fill out. Write your explanation as set... Read more »
She named her brother as recipient of the account if she were to die. As community property, shouldn't the funds come to me? Is what she did legal/legitimate?
answered on Oct 28, 2022
Massachusetts is not a community property state. The entitlement to the proceeds of the account are governed by whatever bank account agreement your wife signed when she opened the account. If the agreement states her brother is to receive the funds in the event of her death, that agreement is... Read more »
lived there has already paid through the end of the month?
2.) In an ALF is it legal for the facility to take a bed that I purchased for my father and give it to someone else to use?
answered on Oct 26, 2022
As to question 1, the ALF agreement likely addresses the rights and obligations of the parties if an occupant vacates a unit for which he has already paid rent. The ALF agreement may also address the disposition of an occupant's personal property once the occupant vacates the unit. Also, you... Read more »
Now the tenant try to take me to court for return security deposit
answered on Oct 13, 2022
You have to return the security deposit within 30 days of the end of the tenancy. If you failed to do so, or you did not comply with the security deposit statute in other ways, you may be liable for damages. This is a useful review of the law regarding returning security deposits :... Read more »
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