I agree with attorney Beauvais. Under the Massachusetts debt collection regulations it is an unfair and deceptive act for a creditor to contact third persons and imply that you owe the debt, although it is legal for them to call to determine your current location.
I would recommend consulting an attorney as soon as possible.
I agree with Attorney Bartletta's analysis. The "30 day language" is standard language that you will find in most if not all demand letters. Take a look at the Fair debt collection practices act: § 809. Validation of debts [15 USC 1692g] (a) Within five days after the initial communication with a consumer in connection with the collection of any debt, a debt collector shall, unless the following information is contained in the initial communication or the consumer has paid the debt, send...
Yes, if the tenants send you what is called a "request for production of documents," you must provide a copy of the lease. Also, if you go before a judge she/he may likely want to see a copy of the lease. It's always a good idea to consult an attorney who knows how to help you in drafting your responses to requests for production of documents.
I agree with Attorneys Kremer and Lebensbaum. You may be able to sue the auto repair for trespass to land, nuisance, and possibly negligence if it was reasonably forseeable that the truck could roll into your yard. I would consult an attorney ASAP.
I agree with my colleagues. If there is a history of burglaries in your neighborhood, your landlord's failure to take precautionary measures against such crimes may constitute negligence for which you may recover damages. I would consult an attorney as soon as possible.
In MA a tenant may withold rent, because of uninhabitable conditions or violation of the state sanitary code, but the tenant must meet the conditions and follow the procedure set forth in MGL c. 239 s.8A. I would suggest consulting a Landlord Tenant Attorney. Under the statute, a tenant claiming a defense must pay to the clerk of court the fair value of the use and occupation of the premises less the amount awarded a tenant for any counterclaim or make a deposit of such amount or such...
I agree with my colleagues. If you are going to operate a business under a name that is not your real name you will have to file a d/b/a certificate in the clerk's office of the town(s)/cit(ies) where your business is located.
You may want to consult with an attorney to assist you.