Eviction Laws in Massachusetts

The eviction process can be a challenging and difficult time for all parties involved. The best way to make sure it goes smoothly and everyone has their rights protected is to enlist the help of experienced legal counsel. Shapiro Law Group, PC, understand eviction laws in Massachusetts and have the skill and dedication needed to help you through an eviction and ensure you get a fair resolution.

Eviction Process

Evictions are very detailed processes in Massachusetts and can take months to conclude. There are specific steps that need to be adhered to and reasons that need to be outlined in order to pursue an eviction. The primary legal reasons that justify a landlord beginning the eviction process include:

  • Violation of provisions in the lease or rental agreement
  • Non-payment of rent
  • Lease expires and landlord wishes not to renew
  • Illegal activities taking place on property

Notice to Quit

Once a Notice to Quit is filed and the eviction steps begin, the tenant has 14 days to respond. If the reason is for non-payment of rent, the tenant can pay the rent and halt the process. If the lease has run out and the tenant has not vacated the property, the landlord does not need to go through the Notice to Quit step and can go straight to the eviction step.

When a landlord wants a tenant out and that process isn’t going smoothly, it can easily become contentious. Despite the desperation some landlords may feel when put in this position, there are actions that they can’t take as a means to expedite the process. For example, a landlord can’t turn off utilities, change the locks, block tenant from the property, or enter and remove the tenant’s belongings at any time during the eviction process. Once the eviction is approved, a court order can allow a constable to move belongings of the tenant to storage, with 48 hour notice. The landlord can seek reimbursement of the costs.

Landlord Rights

There are protections in place for tenants who want to fight an eviction. If there is no reason stated on the Notice to Quit or eviction notice or the place violates safety codes and the landlord won’t fix it, the tenant can make a case for fighting eviction. A tenant may also fight eviction if he or she believes an eviction has been put in motion based on discrimination or as retaliation for reporting violations, joining a tenants group, or deducting rent to pay for repairs the landlord should handle.

As a landlord you have rights under Massachusetts law and should secure sound and experienced legal advice from an experienced attorney. Those parties should also secure sound and experienced legal advice when in the middle of an eviction.

Experienced Landlord Attorneys

An eviction should be personally served or handled through certified or registered mail. Shapiro Law Group, PC, can be there to handle every other aspect of an eviction. We will gather necessary documents, explain your rights and position, and do all we can to help you get a timely resolution. Dealing with an eviction notice or trying to enforce one without legal guidance and representation is never recommended and will not help the process go smoother. Let us be your source for any and all answers and help with your eviction situation. We will evaluate the situation and help you plan the best course of action for your case.

At Shapiro Law Group, PC, are ready to help you. Contact us to set up your initial consultation. 339-200-9933.