All words and phrases defined in the Act shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Act, and the following additional words and phrases shall have the meanings set forth below:
“Act” means chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020.
“Advance rent payment” means money paid by a tenant and received by landlord to cover rent for the last month of tenancy pursuant to section 15B of chapter 186 of the General Laws.
“Approved form of notice of non-payment of rent” means, for a residential tenancy, the form of notice referenced in section 5.04(2), and for a tenant in a small business premises unit, the form of notice referenced in section 5.04(3).
“EOHED website” means the following URL: https://www.mass.gov/lists/moratorium-on-evictions-and-foreclosures-forms-and-other-resources
“Financial impact from COVID-19” means a loss of income or additional expense that (1) is caused directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic or by the local, state or federal response to the pandemic, and (2) is of a magnitude that makes it impossible or impractical for a tenant to make a payment of rent on the date such payment is due.
“Landlord” or “Lessor” means the lessor under a lease, a sublease, or tenancy at will for a residential dwelling unit or small business premises unit, and for the purposes of any provision in these regulations related to the delivery of a notice to a tenant, or receipt of a notice from a tenant, shall include any management agent or other third party acting as agent for the landlord.
“Leased premises” means either a residential dwelling unit or a small business premises unit, as the context shall require.
“Residential dwelling unit” means a house or building, or portion thereof, occupied as a home or residence of one or more persons.
“Small business” means a business that qualifies as a small business under the size standards established by the federal Small Business Administration at 13 C.F.R. Part 12; provided, that neither the business nor any party that controls, is controlled by or is in common control with the business: (i) operates multi-state; (ii) operates multi-nationally; (iii) is publicly traded; or (iv) has 150 or more full-time equivalent employees.
“Tenant” means a tenant in possession of a residential dwelling unit or small business premises unit under a lease, sublease, or tenancy at will.