FY18 MA Budget Brings New Housing Court Map, Jurisdiction

With passing of the FY18 Massachusetts budget, the Massachusetts Trial Court has undertaken an expansion of its Housing Court system. What was formerly known as Western, Boston, Worcester, Northeast, and Southeast Housing Courts have been redistricted and rebranded to Western, Central, Eastern, Metro-South, Northeastern, and Southeastern Divisions of the Housing Court. ┬áNew Housing Court Chief…

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Massachusetts Landlords May Trigger Quiet Enjoyment and Anti-Retaliation Statutes

he simple facts of that case show a landlord who decided it was a one way street, trampling over the Legislature and Courts in the childish tantrum, and unilaterally effectuated a partial actual eviction of the tenant from that exercise/conference room by locking the door indefinitely – when the legal remedy was eviction for non-payment of rent after determination of the tenancy – which may in itself be insufficient to rebut the Anti-Retaliation law, M.G.L. c.186 s.18 and M.G.L. c.239 s.2A.

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Massachusetts Commercial Tenants Do Have Rights When Commercial Landlord Does Wrong

Commercial landlords in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have many fewer responsibilities than their residential counterparts. These commercial landlords enjoy an increased bargaining power due to the very limited space zoned for business. They do not face the same implied warranties and regulations as those renting in a residential setting. The commercial tenant in the Commonwealth…

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