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Bad Conditions

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed January 2021

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Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed May 2023


PDF icon Housing Code Checklist (May 2023)

An easy-to-use checklist that tells you what conditions violate the State Sanitary Code. 

You can also use the free self-help guided interview, MADE: Up To Code. It lets you document bad conditions in your apartment and take action to get the repairs made.

PDF icon Tenant Lead Law Notification & Tenant Certification Form
Before you move into an apartment built before 1978, the landlord must give you this lead warning notice and a copy of of any lead inspection reports.

PDF icon Repair Letter

PDF icon Repair Demand Letter

PDF icon Letter Requesting an Inspection

PDF icon Rent Withholding Letter

PDF icon Repair and Deduct Letter

PDF icon Tenant Petition to Enforce State Sanitary Code

PDF icon Temporary Restraining Order
Use these forms to ask a court to order your landlord to fix a problem, make an emergency repair, or stop doing something illegal, like locking you out of your apartment. Or try the MassAccess interactive interview, MassAccess interactive forms icon Complaint for a Temporary Restraining Order, that lets you complete, review, sign and send your request for a Temporary Restraining Order to the court from your smart phone or computer.

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