Massachusetts Residential Lease Agreement

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The Massachusetts Standard One (1) Year Lease Agreement is an agreement between one or more tenants and an owner of residential property (house, condo, apartment, etc.), formally known as a landlord. With this lease, a landlord can not increase a tenant’s rent until the end of the lease nor evict a tenant until the end of the lease, unless of course the tenant violates the lease agreement.

Make sure to cover all bases including things that might arise in the winter, for example, who will cover snowplow fees in the event of a snowstorm? If there is parking on the premises, does the tenant pay or is it included in the rent? These are the types of things you and your landlord must think about before signing a lease.

Rules to a Fixed Term Lease

When the landlord receives a security deposit from a tenant, the lease must state the amount paid and must express the tenant’s rights to their security deposit money. After the lease is executed by both the landlord and tenant, the tenant should be given a legible copy of the lease agreement.

What can not be implemented by the landlord are the following:

  • Having the tenant pay for ordinary wear and tear to the property.
  • Banning the tenant against suing the tenant for unsanitary violations in regard to the Sanitary Code.
  • Charging a late fee the day after the rent is due (Massachusetts law only allows a late fee to be charged if rent goes unpaid for 30 days).