Posts by Michael J. Shivick, Esq.

Home Buyer With New Construction Problems? You Have Rights Under Massachusetts Law.

Is building your dream home becoming a nightmare? Late contractors. Wrong materials. Unworkmanlike construction. Take it or leave it attitude. Half-assiduous work. Surly workers. Unkept promises. These are the tell tale signs of what I like to call “Contractor Problems.” Learn more

Appealing Section 8 Termination is Often the Right Decision

Massachusetts tenants have complained to me about the callousedness they face from their landlords – as well as their subsidy administrators (housing authority). The rules governing administration of Section 8 housing subsidies are spelled out at 24 CFR 982, et Learn more

Top 5 Mistakes Tenants Make With Their Landlord

1. What Did You Sign? The most common mistake most tenants in Massachusetts make is foregoing legal representation during eviction cases.  The most common effect and pitfall there is signing an Agreement for Judgment in negotiation or mediation that signs away Learn more

Appealing Insurance Surcharges for Motor Vehicles in Massachusetts

Attorney Shivick discusses motor vehicle Insurance Surcharge Appeals under Massachusetts law. Nothing in this educational video is a valid substitute for consulting an attorney about your specific legal issues. All rights reserved. Learn more

Difficulties With Local Board of Health? Try Putting It In Writing…

Trouble with the local inspector? Take pictures of everything, then try this… Massachusetts tenants have approached me complaining that their dwelling has violations of the State Sanitary Code, codified at 105 CMR 410.000. Maybe you have had the same problems. Sometimes Learn more