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Landlord & Tenant Law

Our attorneys represent landlords, property owners, property managers and tenants. A vast majority of landlord tenant disputes are resolved in the Housing Court although other courts may also have jurisdiction. The housing courts exclusive focus on housing issues means that the judges and court personnel have extensive experience in resolving these types of cases.

Landlord / Tenant law encompasses an extensive area of state and federal law including:

  • Eviction practice and procedure.
  • Housing discrimination.
  • Section VIII housing.
  • Lead Paint / Lead poisoning.
  • Warranty of habitability.
  • Contract law.
  • Tort law.
  • Unfair and deceptive practices law such as Massachusetts G.L. c. 93A.

 

Property Managers / Landlords

If you are a property manager we can assist you with drafting property management agreements, reviewing leases and other forms including security deposit forms, last months rent forms, statements of condition and notices to quit. Additionally, we are available to consult with you regarding your business practices, risk management, insurance issues, corporate structure and the new data privacy laws including preparing a mandatory written information security program (WISP) as required by M.G.L c.93H and 201 CMR §17. We are available to represent you in eviction cases, claims by tenants and cities and towns for building code or sanitary code violations as well as any other matters in which you may require representation.

 

Property Owners / Landlords

If you are a property owner I am available to consult with you regarding your decision to either manage your investment property yourself or in hiring a professional property management company. We can assist you with implementing asset protection plans including risk management, various ownership forms including LLC's and nominee realty trusts. If you decide to manage your investment property yourself I can review leases and other forms including security deposit forms, last months rent forms and statements of condition and notices to quit. We are available to represent you in eviction cases, claims by tenants and cities and towns for building code or sanitary code violations as well as any other matters in which you may require representation. We are available to represent you in the purchase and sale of your investment property and can consult with you regarding due diligence in evaluating property.

 

Tenants

If you are a tenant and have received a notice to quit, We are available to consult with you regarding you options. If you have a landlord who is unresponsive to your reasonable requests and who has failed to provide housing consistent with the State Building Code please contact me to discuss your options, including rent withholding and repair and deduct. If you have experienced housing discrimination because you have children we are available to consult with you to ensure that your rights are protected.

 

Receiverships

Our attorneys represents receivers in housing court. In housing court receivers are appointed when property owners are either unable or unwilling to bring their property into compliance with the law and the property represents a health and / or safety hazard to the occupants or the community. If you are a receiver or wish to learn about becoming a receiver please contact us to discuss this opportunity. 

 

Automobile Accidents

Our attorneys have experience in handling automobile accidents. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, as a pedestrian or by a hit-and-run auto please contact us to discuss your options. We have experience working for an insurance company for many years and bring my experience and knowledge to work my clients. A claims adjuster for the insurance company will likely not inform you of all the benefits which may be available to you after an accident and the best way to utilize these benefits. Some claims adjusters will be kind, but their role is not to provide you with the best advice and counsel regarding your claim. Unfortunately, some insurance companies and adjusters fail to comply with the requirements of good faith and fair dealings when adjusting claims. If you have been involved in an accident please contact us to discuss your options.

 

Civil Litigation

If you require representation in civil litigation please contact us to discuss your options. Whether this is a tort, breach of contract, insurance claim or other matter we would be happy to discuss your case with you.

 

Limited Assistance Representation

Limited assistance representation (sometimes referred to as "unbundling") is available in some situations. Generally an attorney must represent a client in all phases of litigation once the attorney has filed an appearance. Massachusetts has recently allowed attorneys, who have met specific criteria, to provided limited representation to clients while the client remains responsible to handle the remainder of the case. This can provide cost savings to the client who may only want, or need, assistance with discreet legal tasks.

Examples of where an attorney may provide limited representation include:

  • Drafting a motion or other pleading.
  • Consulting with the attorney to review and prepare for a hearing.
  • Attend a mediation session in housing court.
  • Reviewing a settlement agreement.

An attorney can not attend a hearing simply for the purposes of interposing objections.

Remember it is important to discuss all aspects of your case with your attorney, even if the attorney is only going to handle a discreet task. It is important for the attorney to have an understanding of how that discreet task fits into the overall case.

 

Servicing all of Massachusetts Including:
Worcester, Hampden & Hampshire Counties

 

New Salem
Orange
Ayer
Boxborough
Littleton
Shirley
Agawam
Blandford
Brimfield
Chester
Chicopee
East Longmeadow
Granville
Hampden
Holland
Holyoke
Longmeadow
Ludlow
Monson
Montgomery
Palmer
Russell
  Southwick
Springfield
Tolland
Wales
West Springfield
Westfield
Wilbraham
Amherst
Belchertown
Chesterfield
Cummington
Easthampton
Goshen
Granby
Hadley
Hatfield
Huntington
Middlefield
Northampton
Pelham
Plainfield
South Hadley
  Southampton
Ware
Westhampton
Williamsburg
Worthington
Shirley
Stoneham
Stow
Sudbury
Tewksbury
Townsend
Tyngsborough
Wakefield
Wayland
Westford
Weston
Wilmington
Winchester
Woburn
Avon
Bellingham
Braintree
         
Brookline
Canton
Cohasset
Dedham
Dover
Ashburnham
Athol
Auburn
Barre
Berlin
Blackstone
Bolton
Boylston
Brookfield
Charlton
Clinton
Douglas
Dudley
East Brookfield
Fitchburg
Gardner
Grafton
  Hardwick
Harvard
Holden
Hopedale
Hubbardston
Lancaster
Leicester
Leominster
Lunenburg
Mendon
Milford
Millbury
Millville
New Braintree
North Brookfield
Northborough
Northbridge
Oakham
Oxford
Paxton
Petersham
Phillipston
  Princeton
Royalston
Rutland
Shrewsbury
Southborough
Southbridge
Spencer
Sterling
Sturbridge
Sutton
Templeton
Upton
Uxbridge
Warren
Webster
West Boylston
West Brookfield
Westborough
Westminster
Winchendon
Worcester

 

 

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