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 Esme Caramello
Created July 2008

Rent is the amount of money you agree to pay a landlord for the use of an apartment. In return, the landlord agrees to provide you with a safe and habitable living space. In the majority of cases, the landlord can charge whatever the private market will allow, not what you can afford.

In public or subsidized housing or in a mobile home covered by a local rent control law, the amount of rent a landlord can charge is restricted.

Produced by Esme Caramello
Created July 2008

The purpose of this chapter is to describe common problems tenants face that involve rent and steps to take to deal with these problems.


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