Legal Tactics, 7th ed., Annette R. Duke, editor, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, 2008, (Includes forms). Just about the best book written on Massachusetts tenants rights, now available on the web.
MGL c. 93, s.114 Psychologically impacted Properties. Sellers and brokers do not have to disclose to buyers or tenants the fact that a property is perceived to be tainted by the health of a previous occupant, a murder or suicide, or paranormal phenomena. However, they may not be deceitful in answers to questions about the property.
105 CMR 410, State Sanitary Code Chapter II: Minimum Standards of Fitness for Habitation. Details all the key requirements for the property, including kitchens, bathrooms, electricity, ceiling height, and much much more.
105 CMR 410.400, Minimum Square Footage Per Person. Is your apartment big enough? Very detailed requirements for space per person.
940 CMR 3.17, Landlord-Tenant [Unfair and Deceptive Acts]. Specifies prohibited acts by landlords in the areas of conditions, notices, rental agreements, security deposits, evictions and more. Subsection (6)(e) outlines when a landlord may enter the tenants home.
Attorney Generals Guide to Landlord-Tenant Rights, Mass. Attorney General, June 2007. 20-page guide covers terms of a rental agreement, security deposits and other payments, sanitary code requirements, evictions and discrimination.
The Good Neighbors Handbook: A Guide for Boston Landlords and Tenants, City of Bostons Rental Housing Center. A 52-page guide that covers finding an apartment, finding a tenant, roommates, information for students, security deposits, utilities, low-income housing, lodging houses, evictions, condominium conversion, fire and more. Explains the Boston zoning bylaw prohibiting more than four undergraduates from sharing an apartment in the city.
Housing Providers Rights and Responsibilities Under Federal and Massachusetts State Fair Housing Law, Mass. Housing, Jan. 2011. Explains fair housing / discrimination law to landlords, including: how to market your apartment legally, communication with prospective tenants, dealing with families and children, explanation of disabilities and the rights of the disabled, and more.
Housing Search Guide for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts: from Chapa.org: A guide for disabled renters in Massachusetts, providing step-by-step assistance for your search.
How to Be a Landlord in Massachusetts and Avoid Legal Trouble, A. Joseph Ross.
How to Be a Tenant in Massachusetts and Avoid Getting Ripped Off, A. Joseph Ross.
Keep Your Housing: A Guide to Help Massachusetts Tenants with Mental Health Issues Keep Their Housing, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, August 2006. Detailed guide to obtaining reasonable accommodation, with forms.
Landlord Rights and Responsibilities, Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs . Includes how to find tenants, security deposits, right of entry, evictions and more.
Roommate Limitations in Boston: Text Amendment No. 346, Boston Zoning Commission, March 13, 2008. Changes the definitions in the Boston Zoning Code, so that five or more unrelated undergraduates may not share an apartment.
Safe and Sanitary Housing for Massachusetts Residents: Highlights of Chapter II of the State Sanitary Code, Mass. Secretary of the Commonwealth, Citizen Information Service.
The Tenants Helper: A Handbook for Renters, 6th edition, Sept. 2006 , City of Somerville. This 66-page book covers the usual information, like security deposits and evictions, but also includes information on discrimination, roommates, and tenants rights after the sale of a building. Great resource.
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