Landlord Rights in Massachusetts
When you own a multi-family property in Massachusetts and decide to rent it to a tenant, you have certain rights and protections you should be aware of. As the property owner, it is always in your best interests to know your legal rights and understand what actions you can take to protect those rights. Shapiro Law Group, PC, is up to date on landlord and tenant laws in Massachusetts and can help landlords navigate the complexities of a landlord tenant relationship and safeguard the property they legally own. The drafting of a rental agreement contract or lease is the first and most important protection a landlord can invest in when looking to find a renter. A landlord can have any specific property issues or details addressed so as to avoid disputes later. An experienced real estate lawyer from Shapiro Law Group, PC, can ensure a landlord’s rights are fully understood and protected through a comprehensive lease or contract.
There are many basic landlord rights protected under law in Massachusetts. A landlord has the right to terminate tenancy and not renew a lease. A landlord does need a valid reason to terminate tenancy. If the tenant acts to break the lease, leaving the landlord without tenants and with money owed to him or her, the landlord can legally seek the money they are owed. If a lease is renewed, a landlord has the right to increase the rent as a provision of that renewal, as long as it is a fair market value increase.
With the help of an attorney, a landlord has the right to make sure tenants leave the property without damage and still in a profitable state. The landlord can withhold the security deposit as a means of repairing damages or otherwise returning the property to the condition it was in when rented. Normal wear and tear does not count when it comes to charging for damages. A landlord should be prepared to show receipts or documents proving costs of repairs that are subtracted from a security deposit.
A landlord also has the legal right to pursue eviction when certain occurrences take place, such as: non-payment of rent, illegal activity in unit, violation of rental agreement, or lease runs out and tenant doesn’t leave. If a tenant accuses a landlord of discrimination or of unlawfully trying to evict a tenant, that landlord has the legal right to defend themselves. A landlord in Massachusetts also has the legal right to access the property with reasonable notice.
When choosing tenants, landlords have the right to screen prospective renters. They may run credit checks, inquire about references, and speak directly with past landlords. If you have property you rent or are thinking of renting, you need Shapiro Law Group, PC, in your corner to ensure your rights and property are protected. You may have invested a lot into the property you own. You deserve to know it is being cared for and maintained as you and a tenant have agreed upon. Having an attorney look after your best interests and draft leases and contracts that address the specifics of your property is the best way to ensure your property and your rights are upheld. If you are unsure of your rights when a dispute arises, we can help inform you about your legal options. Let Shapiro Law Group, PC, be your source for all of your landlord legal needs. At Shapiro Law Group, PC, are ready to help you. Contact us to set up your initial consultation. (617) 203-8895.