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Q: evicting a tenant at will. I am pro se in this case, can I continue to represent myself if we are a realty trust ?

In Massachusetts, Can I represent the realty trust if I’m Pro se ?

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Q: evicting a tenant at will. I am pro se in this case, can I continue to represent myself if we are a realty trust ?

In Massachusetts, Can I represent the realty trust if I’m Pro se ?

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Q: landlord issues default letter in Nov.2019 allows me to continue with my lease after agreement +payments

is it legal for him to than issue a 14 day to quit on May 27th 2020 over 6 months Later during the Eviction Moratorium issued (3/2020) in Mass. Can the landlord claim that the Nov 2019 default notice meets the requirements of being issued prior to the moratorium?and claim that the law does not... Read more »

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Q: What can my landlord hold me responsible for in regards to repairs as a Tenant at Will in Massachusetts?

He recently issued a new TAW lease to my roommates and I stating, "The Tenant is responsible for all repairs needed in or about the Leased Premises." Would signing this mean forfeiting our right to repair of normal wear and tear? Can he do that?

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Q: Apartment complex admits to throwing belongings from my storage unit . Is making me sign broad release before payment

I rented an apt in a rental community and registered 2 storage units in the basement of that building under my name, which were added to my monthly rent due breakdown. The units are in a locked room that had several other storage units; I put padlocks on my units. In Nov, I moved out into another... Read more »

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Q: renting a apartment that came with a oven my oven broke and landlord said if she fixes it she will have to raise my rent

is this legal? when I first moved in there was a old oven here, fridge major appliances. I've been given the option to either buy a new one myself or have it fixed with a raise in rent.

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Q: Can a condo charge a late fee that is nearly twice the amount of the condo fee itself? Especially without a break down?

I've paid my condo fee late a few times over the years I have lived here, though I have always also paid the late fee itself. Even though I am usually only a few days late, and always pay the fee as well, the late fee itself seems to be doubling itself at every late instance. While it was... Read more »

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Q: Hello, I'm have an issue with a landlord that is not returning a deposit and it has been well over 30 days.

It was a month to month lease. No Damages. She has retained a lawyer. I have reached out to him, given him details last week via a text, he has not not responded to my calls or messages.

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Oct 14, 2021

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 »

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Q: Is it required in MA to test and de-lead an old property (1800s) before renting it out?

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 »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Jul 14, 2021

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 »

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Q: My mother died in January of covid.

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 »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jun 8, 2021

As PR you may seek an equity action against him for losses to the estate and seeking to offset against his share of the estate under the Will.

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Q: Hello, I have a question about releasing rights under homestead.

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 »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Apr 26, 2021

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 »

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Q: Can a person sue me for non-payment after refusing to give me the bill?

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 »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Nov 18, 2020

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.

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Q: My Landlord gave 2 of my puppies away, that I intended to keep. officer told him to get them back, he has not done so.

This morning he assaulted me and bit me the officers I've called have seen it yet they will not Do anything what can I do.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Apr 21, 2020

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 »

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Q: A new const. apt. has been pushed back 7x's totalling 6+months. We have no more timeshare points and are nearly homeless

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?

Michael Hales
Michael Hales answered on Jan 30, 2020

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 »

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Q: 24 hour notice

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 »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Dec 18, 2019

I suggest you call the Section 8 people and see if there is something in the lease or their contract with the landlord that addresses this.

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Q: Landlord has video camera in bedroom catching us shower naked and is being nasty to us now. How can I win a lawsuit?

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 »

Kristen Greenwood
Kristen Greenwood answered on Dec 21, 2019

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 »

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Q: Demanding full security deposit after 30 days of lease end

I moved out of my previous place 35 days ago. I gave proper notice 60 days in advance, and provided the landlord with address to return security deposit.

35 days later he says the damages go over the security deposit amount (implying he wont return money) and does not provide any... Read more »

Zachary Alan Waksman
Zachary Alan Waksman answered on Aug 6, 2019

I cannot give advice in this forum.

However, the landlord does not appear to have followed Section 15B. It may be too soon to sue, though. What court you bring this in will depend on the size of the deposit and the damages.

You should consult an attorney for assistance drafting any...
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Q: I love in a 3 unit building. I live in the first floor. New tenant moved in above me and made life terrible with noise.

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 »

Zachary Alan Waksman
Zachary Alan Waksman answered on May 29, 2019

I am somewhat confused by what you are saying here. It sounds like you want to send a letter to the tenant. That is an option.

You have rights as a lessor in this building. The landlord is obligated, both by law and through your lease, to ensure that your right to quiet enjoyment of your...
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Q: Should I let know a landlord that I am suing them?
Zachary Alan Waksman
Zachary Alan Waksman answered on Mar 30, 2019

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 »

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Q: Can I get my condo Title revised so that it changes the parking spot that goes with the unit? If so, how do I do this?

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 »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Mar 4, 2019

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 »

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