This rule, in effect, permits the court to analogize to the procedures for equitable relief required in regular civil actions. Thus the rules referred to can serve as a guide to the court in fashioning the equitable relief it may order in a summary process action.
Rule 9 reflects the expanded scope of summary process. For several years, the District Court Department has had equitable power in housing cases under G.L. c.186, § 14 (injunctions against interference with utilities, etc.) and G.L. c.218, § 19C (injunctive relief to order sanitary code compliance similar to the powers given to the Superior Court Department in G.L. c. 111, § 127H). Under G.L. c. 239, § 8A , the court, in its discretion, may order that funds paid into court by a tenant be expended for repair of the premises at issue; the court may appoint a receiver to supervise this procedure. Other forms of equitable relief appear to be available to a defendant by way of counterclaim. For example, a counterclaim under G.L. c.186, § 14 could involve equitable relief. In short, all courts have the authority to issue injunctive relief in appropriate cases.