Tenant/Landlord Disputes

What can I do if my landlord isn’t taking care of issues in my apartment or at the property I am renting?

Boston has one of the most expensive housing markets in the US and often times it is difficult enough for a family to afford a one- or two-bedroom apartment.  Having the extra burden of dealing with a difficult landlord can be unbearable and make your living space uncomfortable.  No one should have to tolerate sub par living conditions, especially when your hard earned wages are paying for it.

Still, at some point, most people will be in a situation where they will be renting the space they live in and it is important to know what information is necessary to help prevent being taken advantage of.  Many tenants aren’t aware of the rights they have and may not even realize that their rights are being violated.  If you think that your rights are being violated, seek help.  The attorneys on our panel will be able to assist you with your housing issue and will fight to ensure that your rights are protected.

What do I do if my tenants are not paying their rent?

Massachusetts has many rights that protect tenants from having to live in conditions that are too cold, too hot, dirty, or insufficient to meet livable, human standards.  This makes it even more difficult for landlords who may or may not have the time or resources to dedicate to managing their property.  Replacing kitchen appliances or having to fix a broken fixture in the bathroom can be costly and difficult.  When you agree to have someone rent your property, it is difficult enough to handle maintenance and repairs without having to worry about what to do if a tenant isn’t paying you and how you can lawfully evict them.

Our attorneys can help you draft a lease or write a notice of eviction, relieving you of the burden of losing money and lowering the value of your property.  The attorneys on our panel are well versed in the various laws governing property ownership and leasing in Massachusetts and they can ensure that you can rest easy at night.

Some of the landlord/tenant issues our attorneys can assist you with are:

  • Eviction
  • Foreclosure
  • Condemned Apartments
  • Leases
  • Section 8
  • Infestations
  • Unlawful Rent Increases
  • Landlord Retaliation
  • Discrimination
  • Lead Paint or Asbestos

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