Perry v Equity Residential Management (landlords cannot charge application, credit, amenity, move-in, pet or any other upfront fees except for First, Last, Security and Locks. But it is ok to charge a monthly pet fee.)

My comment: This case was recently decided by a Federal Court for MA. It basically says what other cases have said that Landlords can ONLY change First Month, Last Month, Security Deposit equal to one month rent and a lock fee. They cannot charge anything else like application,...
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Massachusetts Landlords Site is 2 years old today!

Yes, 2 years old. According to Alexa.com it is the most popular website in MA when it comes to covering landlords’ issues. (585, 563th place in the World and 81, 466th in USA) as of today. So far this year 4,250 different people have visited this site compared...
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Housing Court Judge JEFFREY M. WINIK, cases from 2013 to mid-2014

Docket No.:NO. 13H84SP004205 Parties:MILDRED POWERS, Plaintiff VS. ABDULRAHMAN ISMAIL, Defendant Judge:/s/ JEFFREY M. WINIK Date:December 4, 2013 BOSTON DIVISION FINDINGS OF FACT, RULINGS OF LAW AND ORDER OF JUDGMENT   This is a summary process action in which the plaintiff is seeking to recover possession of the premises...
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Housing Court Judge MARYLOU MUIRHEAD, cases from 2013 to mid-2014

Docket No.:NO. 13H84SP000703 Parties:CATHERINE RICH-DUVAL,[1] Plaintiff v. SYLVIA SMITH, Defendant Judge:/s/ MARYLOU MUIRHEAD Date:March 28, 2013 BOSTON DIVISION FINDINGS OF FACT, RULINGS OF LAW AND ORDER FOR JUDGMENT   This matter was before the court for trial on March 14, 2013. The Plaintiff seeks possession of Unit 1...
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Housing Court Judge DAVID KERMAN, cases from 2013 to mid-2014

Docket No.:No. 12-SP-0638 Parties:FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSN, Plaintiff v. CYNTHIA L. REYNOLDS, Defendant Judge:/s/ David D. Kerman Date:March 20, 2013 NORTHEAST DIVISION RULINGS AND ORDER   In this post-foreclosure summary process case, the defendant defends and counterclaims under Gen.L. c.93A, in part that the plaintiff Federal National Mortgage...
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Housing Court Judge DIANA HORAN, cases from 2013 to mid-2014

Docket No.:No.12-SP-004774 Parties:Robert R. Benjamin Plaintiff V. Lydie-Flore Z. Jones Defendant Judge:/s/ Diana H. Horan Date:January 11, 2013 Worcester Division FINDINGS, RULINGS AND ORDER FINDINGS OF FACT 1.The plaintiff, Robert R. Benjamin, is the property manager for Quarry Development, LLC, the owner of 48 Grove Street, Millville, MA....
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Housing Court Judge Robert Fields, cases from 2013 to mid-2014

Docket No.:No: 13-CV-893 Parties:LAVAUGHN SMITH, Plaintiff V. ISABELLE HOSTEN, Defendant. Judge:/s/ Robert Fields Date:November 18, 2013 WESTERN DIVISION ORDER   This matter came before the court on November 24, 2013 for trial. After consideration of the evidence admitted at trial, at which the plaintiff appeared with counsel and...
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