Rights of First Refusal in Massachusetts

Suppose that a landlord and tenant are about to enter into a lease for commercial property in Massachusetts. The tenant contemplates improving the premises. The landlord anticipates that it may want to sell the property in the future. The tenant may want to buy the property. The parties can negotiate an agreement so that ifContinue reading Rights of First Refusal in Massachusetts

Framingham Evictions Can Be Filed in Central Housing Court – Marlborough and Still in Framingham District Court

Framingham landlords can still file residential summary process cases in Framingham District Court, as always. Even with the recent expansion of the Housing Court, a landlord can start a Framingham eviction case in Framingham. Alternatively, he can choose to start the case in the Central Housing Court, which will hear the case in Marlborough. WhichContinue reading Framingham Evictions Can Be Filed in Central Housing Court – Marlborough and Still in Framingham District Court

The 6(d) Certificate in Massachusetts Condominiums

When a Massachusetts condominium unit owner wants to sell her unit to a buyer, she will have to obtain a “6(d) certificate” from her condominium association. Typically, a few weeks before the closing, the seller will request the certificate from the condominium trustees or the property manager, pay a fee, obtain the certificate, and provideContinue reading The 6(d) Certificate in Massachusetts Condominiums

How to Oppose an Application for Preliminary Injunction in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick You are a Massachusetts resident or businessperson. Someone has just filed a lawsuit against you. A sheriff or constable comes to your home or place of business and serves you with a large stack of documents. The papers may include a civil action cover sheet, a summons, an order of notice, aContinue reading How to Oppose an Application for Preliminary Injunction in Massachusetts

Extension of Harassment Prevention Orders

Suppose that you were suffering harassment by neighbor, a co-worker, a former friend, or a business rival. After deciding that you were sick and tired of suffering this harassment, you went to the district court and filled out forms including a Complaint for Protection From Harassment and an Affidavit. The court held a hearing andContinue reading Extension of Harassment Prevention Orders

Returning A Security Deposit When The Landlord Has Violated The Security Deposit Act Prior to Evicting the Tenant

By Robert Nislick   You are a Massachusetts landlord. When you leased your premises, you took a security deposit from your tenant. Unfortunately, you did not comply with the very strict requirements set forth in the Security Deposit Act. Perhaps, for example, you failed to deposit the funds in a separate, interest-bearing account in aContinue reading Returning A Security Deposit When The Landlord Has Violated The Security Deposit Act Prior to Evicting the Tenant

Navigating the Two-Year Waiting Period on Unfavorable Special Permit and Variance Applications in Under the Massachusetts Zoning Act

By Robert Nislick You are a Massachusetts landowner and would like to develop or improve your property. You have applied or appealed to your town’s zoning board of appeals for a special permit or variance. The ZBA has denied your requests for zoning relief. You may have considered appealing the decision to the Land CourtContinue reading Navigating the Two-Year Waiting Period on Unfavorable Special Permit and Variance Applications in Under the Massachusetts Zoning Act

Audio Recording of Condominium and Tenant Meetings in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick You are a condominium trustee or unit owner in Massachusetts. Similarly, you may be a landlord or a tenant. A meeting is scheduled and you would like to record it. It is possible that a condominium trustee might want a recording so that he can prepare a set of meeting minutes. Let’sContinue reading Audio Recording of Condominium and Tenant Meetings in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Local Counsel Available for Businesses, Individuals, and Attorneys

By Robert Nislick If you are businessperson with a corporate dispute in Massachusetts but you are headquartered outside of the Bay State, or you own real estate or a rental property in the Commonwealth but live elsewhere, or you are an attorney for a company that has just been sued in Massachusetts, you may needContinue reading Massachusetts Local Counsel Available for Businesses, Individuals, and Attorneys

Fourteen Days Notice to Quit For Nonpayment of Rent in Massachusetts

By Robert Nislick You are a Massachusetts landlord. Your tenant is not paying rent. You want to evict him. What can you do to get the eviction process started? Most landlords know that before you can evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent, the landlord must serve, and the tenant must receive, a fourteen-day noticeContinue reading Fourteen Days Notice to Quit For Nonpayment of Rent in Massachusetts