What is the Purpose of the Massachusetts Law on Security Deposits?

The purpose of the Massachusetts law governing security deposits (M.G.L. c. 186, § 15B)  is to assist “tenants in a residential property who, as a practical matter, are generally in inferior bargaining positions and find traditional avenues of redress relatively useless; i.e. the legal expense of chasing a security deposit would be more than the amount of the deposit.”  Shwachman v. Khoroshansky, 15 Mass.App.Ct. 1002, 448 N.E.2d 409 (1983).  Put simply, the purpose of the Massachusetts law on security deposits is to help tenants get their money back.

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