In Massachusetts, the law regarding security deposits is very pro-tenant.
Has any of the following happened to you?
- Landlord did not return the security deposit within 30 days after termination of the tenancy
- Landlord did not deposit the security deposit in an escrow account.
- Landlord made up false damage
- Landlord charged you for cleaning costs and took that from the security deposit
If your landlord did not follow the law, you could be entitled to 3 times the amount of the security deposit.
If you are interested in speaking with an experienced security deposit lawyer about your rights, you are encouraged to contact us.
Have you been charged any of the following fees before moving into a building?
If so, your rights may have been violated, and you may be owed financial compensation. If you want to talk to an attorney about your legal rights, please call me, Attorney Preston W. Leonard at (617)329-1295, or see this post to learn more about a recent class action lawsuit concerning amenity fees in Massachusetts.
Note: If you have paid any of the up-front fees described above in the past 4 years, even if it was not to an Equity Residential or Archstone building, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Examples of Unlawful Fees in a Massachusetts Residential Lease Agreement:
“Move in fee”
- “Maintenance fee”
- “Credit/screening fee”
- “Holding fee”
- New “Community fee” (As of November 2012, Equity Residential is allegedly charging a “community fee,” due some point after the first month)
A landlord keeps all or part of a security deposit. They often commit technical violations that not only forfeit the landlord’s right to hold the deposit at all, but entitle the former tenant to three times the amount of the deposit, and legal fees.
If you are having a problem with a Massachusetts landlord, you are welcome to contact us. We have successfully taken on landlords from the biggest in the country to individual owners renting out only one unit.