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Condominium Unit Owners Cannot Alter Common Areas Without Consent

By Robert Nislick You own a unit in a Massachusetts condominium and serve on your association’s board of trustees. Your board takes seriously its responsibilities to maintain, repair, and protect the condominium property. One day, the board of trustees learns that a unit owner has altered, or will imminently alter, the common areas and facilitiesContinue reading Condominium Unit Owners Cannot Alter Common Areas Without Consent

Smoking and Evictions in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick Despite the fact that the adult cigarette smoking rate has hit an all-time low, Massachusetts landlords, apartment dwellers, condominium unit owners, and property managers occasionally have to deal with issues related to smoking neighbors. Landlords often want to know how they can prohibit a new tenant from smoking in the apartment theyContinue reading Smoking and Evictions in Massachusetts

The Ice Dam Cometh – Ice Dams and the Law in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick It seems that no one has been spared as this historic winter continues to wreak havoc on Massachusetts homeowners, business owners, landlords, tenants, condominium trustees, condominium unit owners, and property managers. Roofs are collapsing under the heavy weight of snow and ice. Problems with insulation and ventilation in our buildings are causingContinue reading The Ice Dam Cometh – Ice Dams and the Law in Massachusetts

Good Fences and Spite Fences in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick, Esq. When Massachusetts neighbors start to disagree with each other, it should come as no surprise when someone wants to erect a fence. Suppose that you have had a falling out with your neighbors. His car is loud. Her dog runs around and barks uncontrollably. They park on your property. Their shedContinue reading Good Fences and Spite Fences in Massachusetts

Obtaining a Partial Release of Mortgage

By Robert Nislick You are a Massachusetts homeowner or landowner. One day, someone offers to buy a portion of your land. You are willing to sell a piece of your property to this buyer. You will need to convey him good and clear record and marketable title to this piece of land. Your property hasContinue reading Obtaining a Partial Release of Mortgage

Responding to a Chapter 93A Demand Letter

By Robert Nislick You are a Massachusetts businessperson. Perhaps you are a landlord, a contractor, a builder, a real estate broker, or a storeowner. Someone you have done business with is upset with you. One day you receive a letter from an attorney, or from the person directly. The letter may state that is aContinue reading Responding to a Chapter 93A Demand Letter

How to Interrupt a Claim of Adverse Possession and Prevent the Acquisition of an Easement in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick You are a Massachusetts landowner. You may have recently purchased your property. Maybe you have owned the land for a long time. One day, you realize that your neighbors are doing something that irritates you. Perhaps they are parking cars on your property. Possibly they are crossing over your property. Maybe theyContinue reading How to Interrupt a Claim of Adverse Possession and Prevent the Acquisition of an Easement in Massachusetts

Unauthorized Occupants and Illegal Subletting in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick You are a Massachusetts landlord who has leased your property to a tenant. You have contracted with only one person. The tenant never told you that anyone else would be living in the apartment. You never agreed that anyone else could live in the unit except the tenant. One day you discoverContinue reading Unauthorized Occupants and Illegal Subletting in Massachusetts

What Happens if the Tenant Doesn’t Show Up to Court

Default Judgments in Massachusetts Summary Process Actions By Robert Nislick You are a Massachusetts residential landlord or commercial landlord. You have properly terminated the defendant’s tenancy for nonpayment of rent or for cause. You have properly served the tenant with a Summary Process (Eviction) Summons and Complaint.  You have properly entered your residential eviction actionContinue reading What Happens if the Tenant Doesn’t Show Up to Court

Establishing Your Right of Way in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick You live in an idyllic Massachusetts town established in colonial times. One of the oldest roads in the county, such as Boston Post Road, Old Sandwich Road, or Old Connecticut Path, may run through your neighborhood. If your house fronts a public way, you should have no problem traveling to and fromContinue reading Establishing Your Right of Way in Massachusetts