Landlords and tenants both have certain rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts law. When one party fails to comply with their obligations or violates the terms of a lease, issues can arise. Sometimes conflicts between landlords and tenants can be mediated, negotiated, and settled. Other matters may be high-conflict or require court intervention to resolve. Riccio Law provides high-quality representation to landlords and tenants for practical solutions to a wide variety of landlord-tenant disputes.
Massachusetts landlord-tenant matters can be emotionally charged. For tenants, these disputes concern their home — for landlords, a rental property is a major investment. It is important that a capable attorney handle these matters to ensure an expedient and positive outcome. Riccio Law provides legal representation in residential landlord-tenant matters for disputes involving:
Whether you’re the landlord or the tenant in a dispute, choosing an attorney who knows both sides of landlord-tenant law can have tremendous advantages. Representing both landlords and tenants, Anthony Riccio has a deep understanding of all aspects in this specialized area of law and is committed to finding solutions both in and out of the courtroom.
There are many reasons why a landlord might wish to evict a tenant — lease violations, holdovers, illegal behavior, nuisance, or non-payment are all common scenarios. In addition, if a tenant does not have a lease, they can be evicted at any time without reason.
Regardless of the reason they are looking to evict a tenant, a landlord cannot simply throw a tenant out of their home or apartment. Evictions in Massachusetts must follow specific legal procedures. Also referred to as a “summary process” in Massachusetts, a landlord must seek relief from the court to evict a tenant who refuses to leave. Riccio Law represents landlords and tenants in matters concerning evictions.
A lease is a contractual agreement that specifies details and obligations concerning the landlord-tenant relationship. Lease provisions typically include the term of the tenancy, rent payment, security deposits, names of the tenants, maintenance policies, and certain restrictions on behavior, pets, and subleasing. If the landlord or tenant fails to comply with the terms of the lease, either can be in breach of the contract. Riccio Law routinely advises clients on their legal remedies for lease violations.
When a landlord and tenant enter into a lease agreement, the landlord might request one month’s rent as a security deposit. While a landlord must refund the security deposit to the tenant within thirty days of their surrendering the property, this doesn’t always happen. A landlord may argue that the tenant caused damage to the property or didn’t pay their last month’s rent. Riccio Law represents clients for a broad range of Massachusetts security deposit disputes.
Tenants have a right to safe and sanitary living conditions. Under Massachusetts law, certain standards must be met to ensure a property is fit for human habitation. The Massachusetts Sanitary Code addresses garbage removal, vermin, smoke detectors, ceiling height, electrical wiring, heating, lead paint, locks, and other hygiene and safety conditions. Riccio Law provides legal representation to protect clients who are facing a variety of sanitary code issues and violations.
Under some circumstances, a tenant may be entitled to withhold rent from a landlord. For example, a tenant might withhold rent if a landlord refuses to repair an unsafe condition or provide a habitable dwelling. However, the reasons a tenant withholds rent may not always be justified. If a tenant refuses to pay rent in violation of the lease agreement, a landlord may have to seek a legal remedy. Riccio Law represents landlords from whom rent has been withheld and regularly advises tenants on their rights regarding these situations.
For both landlords and tenants, a well-drafted lease agreement is crucial to protect and enforce your rights. In addition to resolving disputes that can arise between landlords and tenants, Riccio Law works with clients in drafting and reviewing lease agreements to avoid any legal issues before they arise.
Many issues can arise in commercial landlord-tenant matters — negotiating leases, non-payment of rent, lease and property violations, code compliance, and property damage. These types of disputes may be resolved through the eviction process or mediation. Riccio Law represents commercial landlords and tenants for a wide variety of matters as well as drafts and reviews commercial lease agreements to ensure their best interests are served.
Landlord-tenant issues involve a complex set of laws and procedures. Riccio Law makes sure clients are thoroughly informed about their rights, remedies, and the legal process. With comprehensive experience representing both landlords and tenants, Anthony identifies effective solutions to achieve a cost-effective and positive outcome for every client. With offices in Attleboro and Quincy, Riccio Law handles landlord-tenant cases in southeastern Massachusetts, the greater Boston area and throughout the Commonwealth. Call for a complimentary consultation today.
We serve clients throughout Massachusetts including those in the following localities: Bristol County including Attleboro, Fall River, Mansfield, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Seekonk, and Taunton; Barnstable County; Cape & Islands; Essex County; Hampden County; Hampshire County; Middlesex County including Cambridge and Lowell; Norfolk County including Dedham, Quincy, Wellesley, and Wrentham; Plymouth County including Bridgewater, Brockton, Hingham, and Middleboro; Suffolk County including Boston; and Worcester County.