When you get a Summary Process Summons and Complaint, file your Answer as soon as you can.
Use the Answer to:
- Defend your rights,
- Explain to the judge why your landlord should not evict you, and
- Tell the judge what the landlord did wrong.
Print this booklet and follow the instructions to complete your Answer.
Or use the Massachusetts Defense for Eviction (MADE) free online Answer form tool: GBLS.org/MADE
Try to get legal help
This information does not take the place of a lawyer.
Try to get a lawyer.
Some Legal Services offices in Massachusetts have clinics that can help you with your Answer. Contact your local legal services program to find out more about these clinics.
Some courts have a Lawyer for a Day program. The program offers free legal advice on your court day.