Provides financing for housing in Massachusetts. Find homebuyers guides, homebuyer counseling, and help for homeowners.
- Home and Housing Resources
Find consumer protection information for homeowners, guidelines for landlords and tenants, and resources about foreclosure from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).
Buying or Selling a Home
- Buying or Selling a Home
Find basic information on buying and selling a home, including the homebuying and selling process, shopping for home loans, and locking in a mortgage rate.
- Timeline for Buying a Home
Find guides on buying a home in Massachusetts, including what to do before you buy, what to know when choosing a home, and closing the deal once a home is chosen.
- Affordable Homeownership
Find information about affordable homeownership programs, including affordable units for sale and first-time homebuyer assistance.
- Cities and Towns Index
Property taxes in Massachusetts are collected by your municipality. Find your city’s website in the cities and towns index or the drop-down menu on the left side of this page to learn more information.
- Municipal Tax Rates
Use this database to find your city or town’s tax rate for various types of property.
- Property Tax Information for Seniors, Veterans, and Blind Individuals
Seniors, military personnel, and blind individuals can apply for certain property tax exemptions and deferrals in Massachusetts. Find information about eligibility, how to apply, and more.
Hiring Licensed Professionals
- Division of Professional Licensure (DPL)
Oversees licensed real estate brokers, home inspectors, and real estate appraisers.
- Fact Sheets for Choosing Licensed Professionals
Find information on choosing a licensed professional, including home inspectors, real estate brokers and salespeople, and real estate appraisers.
Home Improvement and Maintenance
Guides to Maintain and Improve Your Home
- Maintaining a Home
Find guides and information on maintaining your home, including lowering homeownership costs, consumer rights and protections, and maintaining a hazard-free home.
- Home Improvement
Find information about home improvement and hiring home improvement contractors.
Septic System Information
- Septic Systems
Find information, guides, and regulations for on-site sewage disposal systems, including septic system inspections and septic system maintenance.
Energy Prices and Efficiency Information
- Energy, Utilities, and Clean Technologies
Find information about home heating and energy, energy efficiency for your home, and energy prices.
- Lead Poisoning Prevention
Find Massachusetts Lead Laws for homes built before 1978, as well as resources for deleading your home and a database of lead safe homes.
- Lead Hazards
Find information about hazards associated with lead — including lead contamination in your yard and lead in drinking water — and review a checklist for a hazard-free home.
- Shopping for Home Insurance
Find information on buying home insurance, including finding an insurance company, flood insurance, and understanding your homeowner's insurance policy .
- Title Insurance
Learn when and why you might want title insurance from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Foreclosures and Bankruptcy
- Foreclosure Resources
Find information for residents facing foreclosure, including mortgage loan restructuring, foreclosure assistance, and foreclosure laws and regulations.
- Foreclosures and Mortgage Lending
Find foreclosure information from the AGO, including the foreclosure prevention and borrower support program offered through the Consumer Advocacy and Response Division, resources for distressed homeowners, and foreclosure-related scams.
Find a brief overview of declaring bankruptcy and bankruptcy types.
Information for Tenants
- Affordable Units for Rent
Search affordable rental listings.
- Tax Deductions for Renters
Find information on tax deductions for Massachusetts tenants.
- Renter’s Insurance
Learn about renter’s insurance, including how much insurance you might need and what it can cover.
- Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
Find general information on your rights and responsibilities when renting a house or apartment.
- Student Renters Guide
Learn your rights as a Massachusetts tenant.
Information for Landlords
- Landlord Rights and Responsibilities
Find information on your rights and responsibilities as a landlord, including finding a tenant, types of tenancies, security deposits and last month’s rent, increasing rent, and when you may legally enter the apartment.
- Safe and Sanitary Housing
Review a summary of the regulations regarding the minimum habitability standards set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for renting a house or apartment to tenant(s), including water supply, heating facilities, and pest removal.
- Discrimination Laws
Find information on discrimination laws affecting landlords including discrimination against tenants receiving housing subsidies and discrimination against families due to lead paint laws.
- Eviction Law
Find information on eviction laws, including how to evict a tenant, how to notify a tenant of eviction, and suing for unpaid rent.
Tenant and Landlord Legal Issues
- Housing Court
Handles cases involving the health, safety, or welfare of renters or landlords
- Landlord and Tenant Law
Find information on the laws and protections for renters and landlords, including what can and can’t be included in a rental agreement, eviction law, and sanitation code.
- Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Find how to obtain housing assistance and contact information for local assistance programs.
- Service Providers
Find local assistance programs and service providers, including emergency shelters, fuel assistance, heating services, and community action agencies.
- Affordable Housing
Find resources for affordable housing, including public housing programs, affordable units for rent, homeownership programs, and rental assistance programs.
- Section 8 Applications
Find applications for Section 8 housing assistance as well as an overview of Section 8 programs .
Help with Utilities
- Help With Your Winter Utility Bill
Find assistance with winter heating, including protection from having your utilities shut off, discount rates and budget billing, and how to reduce your utility bills by conserving energy.
- Cold Relief Programs
Find information on fuel assistance, weatherization, and heating system repair and replacement for low-income households.
- Housing Resources for Seniors
Find housing information from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), including assisted living, supportive and congregate housing, continuing care retirement communities, as well as reverse mortgage counseling.
- Property Tax Information for Seniors
Seniors can apply for certain property tax exemptions and deferrals in Massachusetts. Find information about eligibility, how to apply, and more.
- Nursing Homes
Search for nursing homes and find information on choosing a nursing home, including nursing home reports and a guide to nursing home care.
- Housing Programs for Veterans
Find housing information from the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS).
- Housing Resources for Veterans
Find information about laws and assistance programs for veterans, including protections against debt and foreclosure, resources for homeless veterans, and specially adapted housing for veterans with disabilities.
- Property Tax Information for Veterans
Military personnel can apply for certain property tax exemptions and deferrals in Massachusetts. Find information about eligibility, how to apply, and more.
- Local Veterans' Service Officers (VSOs)
Find a local VSO who can answer your questions and assist you with housing needs.
Cities and Towns
Find your city or town for information on parking tickets, utilities, “doing business as” certificates, property and vehicle excise tax, and other resources.