Boston, MA asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts

Q: Can the keys to my new apartment be withheld over broker fee even though a disclosure wasn’t signed at first meeting?

I signed a lease for an apartment in the state of Massachusetts and I paid first months rent and the security deposit as that is all the lease said to pay. This check has already been cashed by the landlord. The broker is now saying I owe them one months rent in fees and that I cannot move in until it is paid. I am a real estate agent and I know a few disclosure must be signed at first meeting with amount, method of payment, ex but this wasn’t done. Can they really withhold the keys to the apartment that I have already paid for?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
  • Woburn, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: It sounds like the realtor is interfering with the lease. You should contact a consumer protection and landlord tenant attorney to address this!

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