Landlord-Tenant and Eviction Law
We handle a wide variety of residential and commercial landlord-tenant matters, almost exclusively for landlords. Our attorneys have handled well over 1,000 eviction cases and are well known in the Housing Court and District Court summary process sessions as experienced and aggressive Massachusetts eviction attorneys. Indeed, we are leading a lobbying effort to reform Massachusetts landlord-tenant law and level the playing field between small property owners and tenants.
In Massachusetts, evictions are called “summary process.” The term “summary” is meant to mean “just, speedy, and inexpensive.” In practice, however, residential summary process can be anything but that. In fact, as we always inform our landlord clients, Massachusetts is one of the most tenant friendly states in the country, and an eviction can be costly, frustrating and unfair to landlords. In some cases, it can take many months to evict a tenant. We know all of the methods typically employed by tenants to delay eviction, and we will vigorously pursue the landlord’s right to regain possession of their rental property. We also specialize in evicting “professional” and other problematic tenants who engage in drug or criminal activity or other bad behavior.
Further, Massachusetts eviction practice is loaded with traps for the unwary and procedural complexities for landlords. Landlords who represent themselves do so at their own peril and will often arrive at court with their cases dismissed for not following these requirements. It’s not a do-it-yourself situation.
We also provide our clients with valuable “preventative medicine” by drafting leases and advising clients on tenant screening issues.
For more information about Massachusetts evictions and summary process, please read our guide, Get Out! A Landlord’s Guide to Massachusetts Evictions and our article on Evicting The Professional Tenant.