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Taking Your Landlord to Court


We are updating this and many other pages about tenants rights' in private housing.

You can get the updated information from PDF files while we update our web pages. See Legal Tactics: Tenants' Rights in Massachusetts, 2017.

September 2017

Produced by Faye B. Rachlin
Created July 2008

If your landlord refuses to obey the law, you may decide that the best or only way to resolve your problem is to take your landlord to court. There are different ways to use a court.

The purpose of this chapter is to tell you what a court can do for you and the legal reason (grounds) you may have to sue your landlord. If you decide to take your landlord to court, the next chapter will tell you how you can file a court case.

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