Springfield, MA asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts

Q: Can I be evicted for only owing January's rent? I just got a 14 day notice. I don't owe any rent except for January's.

Today is only the 27th so how is my landlord able to evict me. And he is only did this because I told him I wanted things fixed and I was not going to pay rent until they are fixed. My electric and gas is connected to his illegal apartment on the 3rd floor. The 1st floor is 122 and my apartment is 120. My landlord uses my address as his for the 3rd floor. I have broken windows and no heat in one of bedrooms. There are other things wrong here also, to many to list. I have asked my landlord for months and months to fix these items to no avail. They even use my address downstairs and I have asked my landlord to fix this. I did have a mailbox but the first floor goes through it and I have asked them to stop but again to no avail. I'm hoping I'm doing everything in my legal right. I just don't know what else I could do to get my landlord to fix all the items wrong in my apartment

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

A: This is really a Landlord tenant issue ( an area of legal practice specialization )and not strictly a real estate question. It sounds like you have defenses to non-payment of rent due to non-repair and that there are significant health and building code violations where the City of Town should be involved and either are already or will be once you contact them. Gather/assemble your corespondence which could even be emails and text messages about these various violations

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