If your landlord sends you a notice to quit, you do not have to move out!
Apply for state rental assistance
Apply for state rental assistance like RAFT.
See Where can I get help paying my rent?
Keep copies of all your pre-applications, applications, certifications and other documents when you apply for rental assistance.
Talk to a lawyer
A lawyer can:
- advise you about the law,
- refer you to resources,
- fill out and file court papers, and
- represent you.
A lawyer can help you before a case gets to court as well as if your case goes to court. The earlier you contact a lawyer the better.
If you are already in court – ask the court staff or the judge how you can speak with a lawyer.
If you are a tenant
Find a legal aid program that serves your Massachusetts ZIP code
If you are an owner-occupant and you live in a 2 or 3 family home
The Volunteer Lawyers Project may help owner-occupants of 2 or 3-family homes if:
- you are or in the process of filing an eviction case, or
- you are thinking about filing.
Contact the Volunteer Lawyers Project online, call them at 857-320-6452.