Transferring Your Case to Housing Court from District Court

Massachusetts law allows a landlord to file in District Court as well as Housing Court. This is because Housing Court is a relatively “new” court that was initiated in the 1970s and 80s. The result was that certain areas, like the upper and lower Cape, were not covered by Housing Court jurisdiction, leaving the District…

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What is c.93A, the Consumer Protection Law?

The reasons for utilizing c.93A are obvious in a person-to-business consumer transaction: if the consumer sends a c.93A demand letter and the recipient does not respond within 30 days with a reasonable settlement offer, then the court could double or triple the amount of damages recovered by the claimant, plus costs and attorney’s fees. M.G.L….

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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 seq., and a copy of the tenancy addendum spelling out the majority of those regulations…

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