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LaRoche Law

Aggressive Massachusetts Landlord-Tenant Law Attorneys Protect Your Interests

Serving real estate clients throughout Worcester County for more than 20 years

If something is clear in your lease, it is generally binding even if it seems unfair. For this reason, it is crucial to obtain effective legal counsel who can review your rental document for ambiguities or disadvantages before you sign it. This is true whether you are the landlord or the tenant. Our real estate law attorneys at LaRoche Law have protected the rights of clients in Orange, Fitchburg and Gardner for more than two decades. If you are enmeshed in a landlord-tenant dispute, a qualified lawyer from our firm can help before, during and after you sign a rental contract.

The basics of landlord-tenant law

It is every landlord’s duty to provide reasonably safe and sanitary living conditions for tenants. This includes a sufficient supply of hot water, electricity, light and heat. Beyond these basic necessities, a landlord is obligated only to satisfy the terms of the rental lease or agreement. For instance, if a term of the agreement is clear, and one party breaches it, legal action may be required to attain rectification. This is the case when a tenant simply does not pay the rent. As with any contractual arrangement, if there is an ambiguity and the parties disagree about the meaning of the terms, legal assistance may be necessary. Often, we can help you resolve landlord-tenant issues out of court, saving you time and money. Even an aggressive letter from a dedicated LaRoche Law attorney may put an end to the altercation.

Massachusetts protects tenants

Although your rental agreement is the governing document, a body of landlord-tenant law in Massachusetts favors tenants. For example, under Massachusetts state law:

  • A landlord is required to try to find another renter if a tenant needs to break the lease
  • A tenant may have an apartment inspected by a health inspector
  • A health inspector has the authority to order a landlord to correct violations
  • A landlord may not evict a tenant without a court order
  • A landlord may only enter the apartment after providing 24–48 hours’ notice
  • A security deposit must be returned within 30 days after you vacate the apartment

Even though these provisions may not appear in your lease, they are binding by state law. If you have a landlord-tenant issue, our attorneys want to hear about it.

An experienced landlord-tenant law firm is here for you

If you need a competent landlord-tenant attorney in Worcester County, call LaRoche Law today for a free initial consultation. Paul A. LaRoche personally meets with every client who walks through our doors. We hold your hand throughout the legal proceeding. Whether you want to prevent or solve a legal dispute, we are here to help. Contact us online or call our offices today at 978-754-3564.

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