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Judge Dina Fein, follow the law please!

In a recent decision (Karl Pumiglia v Northland Cliffside, Oct’12) judge Dina Fein from Western Housing Court acknowledges that the SJC in Hershenow v Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 2006 requires an actual injury to the Consumer before $25 and Attorney Fees can be awarded under 93A (The Unfair and Deceptive...
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Letter about 93A and Rent Escrow

Dear Legislators, I am writing this because twenty nine years ago in Nei v Burley the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts did something which was very anti-Independence Day. They ruled that 93A did not come with the right to a jury. They were wrong. It should come with...
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Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing

This eBook on Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts is written and published by MassLegalHelp who according to their web site are “Promoting justice in Massachusetts with legal information”. I think it is written with a very broad brush and with little regard for the nuances of the law but...
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Top 3 Laws We Need Changed Now

Dear Legislators, Many people in this state believe that the laws in MA are very anti-landlord and they need to be modified. As landlords here are the top 3 things we NEED from this legislative session: 1. Mandatory Rent Escrow. That will address tenant retaliation which is currently...
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Proposed Modifications to the Domestic Violence Bill

PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL please see my comments in red Bill Text for SB2203 of 2011-2012 Session An Act relative to housing rights for victims of domestic violence Prime sponsor: Joint Committee on Housing SECTION 1. Chapter 186 of the General Laws, as appearing in...
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Bills of Interest to Massachusetts Landlords

Landlord-Related Bills The more landlords are reached the higher chance we have to change the anti-landlord MA laws so please forward this to other landlords. Recent State House Activity: HB386 – An Act relative to housing rights for victims of domestic violence Action: H Reported favorablyby Joint Committee...
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Why We Need Mandatory Rent Escrow Now

The aim of escrowing is to cut through the nuisance cases where the tenant never had the rent and is using code violations as a way to avoid paying. Non-paying tenants can live rent-free for many, many months, even years, using the “free rent trick.” That’s when nonpaying...
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