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Eviction for landlords and Eviction for tenants. Mass. Trial Court
Guides you through evictions in Massachusetts
Provides an overview of the eviction process and a short video that covers tenants’ rights.
Legal Tactics, 8th ed., Annette R. Duke, editor, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, 2017, (Includes forms)
Just about the best book written on Massachusetts tenants' rights, Chapter 12 covers evictions.
MGL c. 239 Summary Process for Possession of Land. See also, St.2010, c.393 amending MGL c.239, s.4(a), clarifying the requirements for storage facilities.
MGL c. 121B, s.32 Evictions, Local Housing AuthoritiesMGL c. 139, s.19 Use of Premises for Illegal Activities, Voiding of LeaseMGL c. 184, s.18 Forcible Entry ForbiddenMGL c. 186, s.13 Recovery of Possession After Termination of Tenancy at WillMGL c. 186, s.13A Tenants Deemed to be At Will Upon ForeclosureMGL c. 186, s.14 Quiet Enjoyment ViolationMGL c.186A Tenants in Foreclosed Properties
105 CMR 410 State sanitary code - minimum standards of fitness for human habitation
940 CMR 3.17(5) Unfair and deceptive acts by landlord
42 USC 1437f Tenants with Section Eight Certificates - Rights Prior to Eviction or Termination of Benefits 42 USC 13601-13643 Standards & Obligations of Residency in Federally Assisted HousingPL 111-22 Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009
24 CFR 247 Evictions from Certain Subsidized and HUD-Owned Projects
Uniform rules of summary process
Forms and Sample Filled-In forms from Mass. Legal Help. Includes:
Lenders Commercial Finance LLC v. Pestilli, et al, Southeast Housing Court, Feb. 2, 2017.
A bank that purchased a home at foreclosure could not evict the former owners with just a 30-day notice to quit. "The Court finds that there is no evidence in this action that there was ever any agreement between the parties for the defendant to pay any rent to the plaintiff, or for any definite rental period. Accordingly, the court finds that G.L. c. 186, s.12 requires that the plaintiff terminate the defendant's tenancy at will by service of a 90 Day Notice to Quit for possession."
Meikle v. Nurse , 474 Mass. 207 (2016)
The SJC held that "a violation of the security deposit statute... may be asserted as a defense to a landlord's possession in a summary process action under G. L. c. 239, § 1A" However, "The statute does not impose an obligatory tenancy on the landlord. Nothing in the statute prevents the landlord from bringing a second summary process action for possession after he or she has remedied the violation of the security deposit statute."
The Eviction Process in Massachusetts, Masslandlords.net
Reviews the timeline for Summary Process Eviction.
Eviction Storage Law, Mass. Legal Help, 2013
The eviction storage law provides "important rights to tenants who are facing an eviction or who have been evicted." Booklet includes who is covered by the law, storage company responsibilities, tenant's rights, and sample letters and forms.
Tenant at sufferance
A tenant at sufferance is not entitled to a notice to quit (Margosian v. Markarian, 299 Mass. 197 (1934)), but is entitled to sufficient time to remove his property (Lash v. Ames, 171 Mass. 487 (1898))
Tenant Defenses to Evictions in Massachusetts, Nolo
Explains grounds for eviction as well as defenses.
Applying for Emergency Assistance Shelter: A guide for families, Mass. Law Reform Institute and Rosie's Place, October 2015. (see additional resources below)
Also available in Spanish. "Emergency Assistance is the shelter system for families in Massachusetts..." Pregnant women and families with children are eligible...You have to show you are homeless because of domestic violence, fire, flood or natural disaster, or certain kinds of eviction that were not your fault." There are several more requirements to be eligible. The guide explains these requirements and how to apply for shelter.
Representing Yourself in an Eviction, Mass. Legal Help (see additional resources below)
The first of nine booklets on the eviction process for tenants, this one provides an overview of the steps required in representing yourself