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A security deposit is a deposit of money to the landlord to ensure that rent will be paid. Last month's rent is the pre-payment to the landlord for the last month of tenancy.
If a landlord or agent takes a security deposit, they must provide a signed, separate statement of the present condition of the apartment including a comprehensive list of any existing damage.
Massachusetts law prohibits discrimination in housing.
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When complaints or disputes with tenants arise, investigate them and address them quickly. Ignoring tenant complaints or flatly refusing to address them can lead to costly eviction cases, and a prolonged stoppage of rent payments while the matter is addressed.
A landlord cannot lock you out or throw you out of your apartment without a judge's order. If you are being evicted, Massachusetts law provides you with some protections. You may wish to consult with an attorney.
If a child under 6 lives in a residential premises containing unlawful levels of lead, the landlord is obligated to remove it.
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