Notice to Quit Laws in Massachusetts

A Notice to Quit is a legal document given from a landlord to a tenant. It is basically the first part of the eviction process. The document acts as an order to vacate the property by a certain date. This doesn’t mean the tenant has to actually leave the property by that date, but it is the first step toward making that happen. If you are a landlord in need of action through a Notice to Quit or you are a tenant who has been served with one and wants to know your options, Shapiro Law Group, PC, can help.

Landlords

It is important for a landlord to know their rights and the proper process for serving a Notice to Quit. It has to be left directly with the tenant or the tenant’s spouse. The landlord can personally deliver it to either party or it can be mailed. A deputy, sheriff, or law enforcement official can also deliver the document.

It is vital that the landlord proves the tenant actually received the Notice to Quit. Without proof of delivery, a case for eviction could get dismissed in court, meaning a landlord who wants a tenant out has to start the process all over again. Because of the need for proof, it is recommended that a law enforcement official deliver the document.

When the reason for the beginning stages of eviction is the non-payment of rent by the tenant, the Notice to Quit can have a 14 day deadline for the tenant to respond or leave the property. The tenant can pay the rent and essentially dissolve the Notice to Quit. However, if the landlord has issued a previous Notice to Quit in the last 12 months for the same reason, they do not have to accept the rent and let the tenant stay in the unit or house. That landlord can continue to pursue an eviction.

If the reason for pursuing the eviction process is due to illegal activity taking place on the property, the landlord can bypass the Notice to Quit stage and move straight toward eviction.

Landlords need to know the legal process for eviction and the laws pertaining to Notice to Quit. If you want to get the ball rolling so you can reclaim a property or have a tenant vacate a property, you need legal guidance and support. Shapiro Law Group, PC, has the experience and up to date information about Notice to Quit procedure.

Tenants

For tenants, receiving a Notice to Quit can be scary and confusing if it is unexpected. The notice usually states a specific reason. If it is for non-payment of rent and you disagree or have a legal reason for not paying, such as repairs that have not been done, you will want legal help in your corner to clarify your rights. You will also want to know what happens next and what your rights are. You can dispute the reasons given and fight the eviction process before it goes to the next step. Shapiro Law Group, PC, can be a source of valuable information, support, and representation if you want to fight a Notice to Quit or need advice about what to do next.

Experienced Real Estate Attorneys

The attorneys at Shapiro Law Group, PC, are able to navigate the eviction process and help outline and define the details of a Notice to Quit. We can assist either side and ensure the steps for eviction or the fight against eviction is handled legally and with the rights of all parties protected. To learn more about a Notice to Quit or to start the steps toward eviction, call our firm and let us be your source for the most up to date information and dedicated representation to help you get the results you want.

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