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Application Fees, Move-in Fees and Pet Fees – Landlords Beware

It is common practice in the property management business for landlords to charge certain move-in fees, such as an application fee or pet fee, prior to a tenant moving in. This practice, however, is illegal in Massachusetts.Late last year, in Perry v. Equity Residential Management, LLC, the United States District Court for the District of […]...

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What Every Massachusetts Subcontractor Must Know to Limit Risk and Get Paid for Work in New Hampshire

Massachusetts subcontractors securing work in New Hampshire will encounter an unfamiliar legal landscape containing more than one trap for the unwary. In order to strike a fair deal and to put your business in the best position to get paid for your work, every subcontractor should be aware of certain basic differences in laws of […]...

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Massachusetts Wage Act

Every employer and employee in Massachusetts should be aware of the “Wage Act”, also known as the Weekly Wage Law (c. 149, sec. 148 et seq.).  This law governs wages paid to employees, and is part of a series of robust employment laws aimed at protecting employees.  This post is the first in a series […]...

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To Lien or Not to Lien

Mechanic’s Liens and the Plight of the MA Subcontractor The Fundamentals In laymen’s terms, a mechanic’s lien is a tool whereby a subcontractor can attach a security interest on property that it has contracted to do work on. This lien operates to protect the subcontractor’s interest in payment for work provided in the event that […]...

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Evicting a Tenant in Boston

We often hear from clients that because Boston is so tenant-friendly, it is nearly impossible to evict a bad tenant. While the Massachusetts landlord/tenant laws are certainly protective of tenants, a savvy landlord can remove a delinquent tenant in nearly the same time as other states. The key to any speedy eviction is making sure […]...

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