Tenants' Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing

The chapters below are from Legal Tactics: Tenants' Rights in Massachusetts, 2017. This handbook provides practical information about tenants' rights in private housing—housing that is owned by an individual or a privately-owned company.

Each chapter begins with a 2-page handout with highlights of the chapter. The handout is also available as a separate PDF. Below find self-help eviction booklets and forms referenced in each chapter.

You may also purchase Legal Tactics from Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education by calling 1-800-966-6253.

Chapters and 2-page Handouts

PDF icon Chapter 1 Moving In (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 1 Moving In (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 2 Tenant Screening (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 2 Tenant Screening (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 3 Security Deposit (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 3 Security Deposit (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 4 Tenancies (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 4 Tenancies (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 5 Rent (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 5 Rent (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 6 Utilities (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 6 Utilities (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 7 Discrimination (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 7 Discrimination (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 8 Getting Repairs Made (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 8 Getting Repairs Made (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 9 Lead Poisoning (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 9 Lead Poisoning (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 10 Getting Organized (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 10 Getting Organized (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 11 Moving Out (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 11 Moving Out (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 12 Evictions (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 12 Evictions (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 13 Taking Landlords to Court (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 13 Taking Landlords to Court (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 14 Using the Court System (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 14 Using the Court System (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 15 Rooming Houses (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 15 Rooming Houses (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 16 Mobile Homes (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 16 Mobile Homes (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 17 Condos (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 17 Condos (June 2017)

PDF icon Chapter 18 Foreclosures (June 2017)

PDF icon Handout 18 Foreclosures (June 2017)

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated June 2017

Booklets

PDF icon Booklet 1 Representing Yourself (June 2017)

PDF icon Booklet 2 Housing Code Checklist (June 2017) An easy-to-use checklist that tells you what the minimum legal requirements for rental housing are under the State Sanitary Code.

PDF icon Booklet 3 The Answer (November 9, 2017) The Answer is a court form that tenants facing evictions can file with the court to outline your legal claims and tell the court your side of the story.

PDF icon Booklet 4 Discovery (June 2017) A form with instructions for tenants facing eviction to use to request information from the landlord to prepare for your trial.

PDF icon Booklet 4A Tenant Foreclosure Discovery (June 2017)

PDF icon Booklet 5 Transfer (June 2017) A form you can file to transfer your eviction case from a District Court to a Housing Court.

PDF icon Booklet 6 Removing Default (June 2017)

PDF icon Booklet 7 Appeals (June 2017) If you lost your eviction trial and think you have a good case, you may appeal. This document tells you which Appeal form to use.

PDF icon Booklet 7A Appeals In All Housing Courts (June 2017)
This is the appeal form to use if you lost your eviction case in a Massachusetts Housing Court or Superior Court.

PDF icon Booklet 7B Appeals In All District Courts (June 2017)
This is the appeal form to use if you lost your eviction case in a District Court.

PDF icon Booklet 8 Stay (June 2017) A form tenants can use to ask a court for more time to move if you lost your eviction case or agreed to a court judgment to move out.

PDF icon Booklet 9 Affidavit of Indigency (June 2017)

PDF icon Booklet 10 Negotiating a Settlement of Your Case (June 2017) includes a worksheet and stipulation forms to use when you go to court.

PDF icon Booklet 11 Error Correction Booklet (June 2017) Correcting Errors in Your Online Court Record. Booklet includes the court form you can save to your computer, fill out, save again and print when ready.

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated June 2017

Forms and Letters

PDF icon Form 1 Moving In Checklist (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 2 Sample Rent Receipt (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 3 Statement of Condition (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 4 Security Deposit Last Months Rent Receipt (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 5 Security Deposit Demand Letter (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 6 Security Deposit Demand Tenants (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 7 Ilness Utility Doctors (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 8 Illness Utility Forms for Doctors (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 9 Repair Letter (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 10 Repair Demand (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 11 Inspection Request (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 12 Rent Withholding (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 13 Repair and Deduct (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 14 Tenant Petition (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 15 Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) (June 2017) You can use this form to ask a court to order your landlord to correct a problem, like making an emergency repair, or stop doing something illegal like locking you out of your apartment.

PDF icon Form 16 Tenant Lead Law (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 17 Moving Out Checklist (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 18 Lockout Demand (June 2017) Use this form if you have been locked out of your apartment illegally, or if your landlord has shutoff your utilities illegally.

PDF icon Form 19 Summary Process (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 20 Motion to Dismiss (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 21 Sample Execution (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 22 Tenant Survey (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 23 Sample Collective Bargaining Agreement (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 24 Sample Resolution (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 25 Sample Organizing Petition (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 26 Conditions Rent Tender Letter (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 27 Organizing Flier (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 28 Organizing Letter to Owner (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 29 Organizing Press Release (June 2017)

PDF icon Form 30 Organizing Meeting Agenda (June 2017)

 

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute with assistance from Massachusetts Legal Services Programs
Last Updated November 2017

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