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A recent case is a reminder that as a result tragic accident in a rental property, a Landlord could be found liable if the Landlord is on notice of a tenant’s potential criminal conduct. In this case a second floor tenant fired a rifle through the floor…

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Tenant being evicted for not paying her share of the rent blamed Section 8 for not recalculating her share.  Tenant argued that GLM 186 Sec. 11 required the Landlord  and Court to wait for that adjustment.  The District Court Judge did not agree and that…

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By Robert Jachowicz How does a minor maintenance issue turn into an expensive problem for a Landlord? The first question is whether your maintenance issue rises to a breach of the warranty.  The judge will consider inspection reports and board of health…

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By Robert Jachowicz A Landlord takes its chances if more than one ground exists to terminate a tenancy and the decision is made to issue two separate Notices to Quit concurrently.  For example if a tenant is behind in the rent and also in violation of a…

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By Robert Jachowicz Counterclaims and defenses raised by a tenant in an eviction raise complicated issues in Massachusetts. In a recent case the Appeals court said the Trial court Housing Court judge got it wrong and the Supreme Judicial Court said the…

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Most Landlords try to work things out with their tenants prior to bringing a Summary Process action in court.  By the time the relationship reaches that point, the Landlord is usually anxious to get started on the legal process.  However, it is at that…

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Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for Massachusetts workers rose from $10 to $11 per hour. The new rate applies to almost all employees. For employees who regularly receive tips as part of their pay, the minimum rate is $3.75/hour. Those…

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Understanding a Variety of Massachusetts Laws that Regulate Wages is Essential for Employers, who Face Steep Penalties for even Unintentional Violations By Jack Merrill One employer managed to turn $60,000 in wages it owed into a $500,000 judgment.…

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today weighed in on the hot topic whether and to what extent the state’s Independent Contractor Statute is exempted as applied to courier drivers and the companies they work for. Like a federal court that ruled on…

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Recent reports suggest that Massachusetts legislators are continuing to work on a compromise noncompetition law that will garner enough support to become law. Earlier this year, both the House and Senate passed versions of a proposed statute that would…
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