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Can a landlord refuse to provide water to a tenant?

Can a landlord refuse to provide water to a tenant?

The requirements of the law must be strictly observed. G.L. c.186 §22 (l) prohibits a landlord from shutting off or refusing water service to occupants on the basis of nonpayment of water usage charges. For more information, see Mass. law about submetering water for tenants.

What can a tenant do if a landlord is late on rent?

The tenant must pay for repairs to parts of the building beyond the tenant’s apartment. The tenant may not sue the landlord or report violations of the Sanitary Code. The tenant may not join a tenants’ union. The tenant must pay a late fee if a rent payment is even one day late.

Can a landlord change the terms of a tenancy?

A tenancy is a legal contract between the landlord and tenant, and it can’t be changed by one party alone. The landlord and tenant can agree to a rent increase by making a new legal contract, and payment of increased rent evidences a new contract.

Can a landlord refuse to pay an increase in rent?

The landlord and tenant can agree to a rent increase by making a new legal contract, and payment of increased rent evidences a new contract. But as long as the tenant is paying the old contract rent, the landlord is not entitled to end the tenancy for not paying rent, and the landlord is not entitled to increased rent.

What do you need to know about being a landlord in Massachusetts?

Attorney General’s guide to landlord-tenant rights, Mass. Attorney General, August 2015. 18-page guide covers terms of a rental agreement, security deposits and other payments, sanitary code requirements, evictions, and discrimination. MassachusettsLandlords.net, Everything you need to be a landlord.

What are the rules for renting an apartment in Massachusetts?

A lengthy guide that covers all the key issues for a tenant, including security deposits, utilities, lead paint, landlords entering the apartment, and more. “In Massachusetts, the state Sanitary Code is the primary source of law that gives tenants a right to decent housing. All rental housing must at least meet the state Sanitary Code.”

What are the different types of tenancies in Massachusetts?

Types of tenancies 1 A lease generally means a signed agreement to rent an apartment for a specified period of time and a set monthly charge 2 Rent cannot be increased until the end of the lease, unless the lease states otherwise 3 A tenant cannot be evicted before the end of the term, unless the tenant violates some provision of the lease

Can a landlord withhold rent from a tenant in Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that when a landlord fails to maintain a dwelling in habitable condition, a tenant may properly withhold a portion of the rent from the date the landlord has notice of this breach of warrant of habitability.

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