LANDLORD TENANT LAW:
Keramaris and Keramaris has extensive experience with Massachusetts landlord-tenant law, having represented countless landlords and tenants across the Commonwealth.
For Landlords: Many landlords let tenants take advantage of their patience and good-heartedness. It is not uncommon for landlords to come to our offices and report $5,000.00 or more due in back rent. Many tenants don’t care about the landlord’s property and treat their apartment like a dumpster. Others use the apartment as a home base to conduct criminal activity.
Our firm’s landlord tenant lawyers help landlords assert their rights, regain control of their units and begin reletting them immediately. Whether you are the manager of a large apartment complex, or you merely wish to evict a roommate, our law firm is ready to assist you with all of your landlord-tenant law needs.
The importance of retaining an attorney to assist you in an eviction matter when the tenant has retained their own counsel cannot be overstressed. Each week, we witness landlords in courts across Massachusetts suffering the consequences of not having a landlord tenant lawyer representation. Before sending a Notice to Quit, call our offices for a brief free consultation. Even if you do not retain our firm to represent you, we can at least direct you towards swift and economical resolution of your landlord-tenant matter.
For Tenants: Most lawyers know that the landlord tenant laws in Massachusetts are extremely pro-tenant. Some common counterclaims to residential eviction actions include:
Breach of the Warranty of Habitability: The law requires landlords to maintain a habitable premises. A breach of the warranty of habitability arises when deficiencies exist in the housing unit, such as no heat or hot water, no screens in the windows, the presence of mold, and various other defects. When this happens, the tenant has the right to withhold rent, make the repairs himself and deduct the cost of repairs from the rent.
Breach of the Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment: This is a general interference with possession of the unit which includes service of an unwarranted Notice to Quit.
Violations of the Security Deposit Statute: The security deposit rules for landlords are so cumbersome that strict compliance is very difficult. We come across violations of the statute so regularly that we advise landlords not to accept a security deposit. Violating the statute may entitle the tenant to treble damages, legal fees and costs.
Lead Paint: Under the Massachusetts Lead Paint Law, whenever a child under six years of age comes to live in a housing unit, the property owner is responsible for deleading the unit in order to protect the child’s health. Property owners cannot avoid their obligations under the lead law by simply refusing to rent to families with young children. They also cannot refuse to renew the lease of a pregnant woman or a family with young children just because a property may contain lead hazards. Any of these acts constitutes a violation of the Lead Law, the Consumer Protection Act, and various Massachusetts anti-discrimination statutes that can have serious penalties for a property owner.
Mold: Toxic mold frequently develops as a result of negligence on the part of the landlord. People who are exposed to toxic mold may develop a variety of symptoms, including stuffed nasal passages, eye irritation, wheezing, skin irritation, fever and shortness of breath. There is no reason why you should suffer because your landlord is not upholding his or her duties. Call the law firm of Keramaris & Keramaris to help with your toxic mold case, and eliminate toxic mold from your housing unit.
As stated above, Massachusetts tenants’ rights are extensive. If you are facing an eviction contact our office now for a free consultation with a landlord tenant lawyer.