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Jeffrey M Feuer

Cambridge Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

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  1. Can I demand treble damages for security deposit without giving landlord chance to pay original amount + interest?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey M Feuer
    2. Christopher L. Malcolm
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    Under the security deposit statute, Gen. Laws ch. 186, sec. 15B(3), you are entitled to the IMMEDIATE return of your security deposit if your landlord has failed to place your security deposit in an escrow account OR if he has failed to give you a proper receipt for the deposit showing the bank information where the escrow account exists. Therefore, you are entitled to demand (in writing, so you have some proof) that your landlord immediately return to you the original amount of your security...

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  2. As a tenant, do I have the right to lock my bedroom door when I'm not at home? The owner and his girlfriend lives there with me.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Jeffrey M Feuer
    2. Henry Lebensbaum
    3. Adam Peter Phipps
    3 lawyer answers

    Unless you and the owner have made some other agreement (either written or oral), the room you have rented is yours and the owner has no right to enter it without your permission except for 3 reasons, as stated in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 186, sec. 15B: (a) for emergencies (fire, flood, violence, etc.); (b) to make necessary repairs, after reasonable notice to you; and (c) to show it to prospective future tenants when your tenancy is ending. Otherwise, you have the right to lock the door and keep...

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  3. How to go about getting my security deposit back from my previous landlord.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher Saccardi
    2. Jeffrey M Feuer
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    4. Christopher McHallam
    5. Ayanna Ormond McPhail
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    Under the Massachusetts security deposit law, your landlord's failure to return your security deposit to you within 30 days of the termination of your tenancy means that she has no right to retain any portion of your security deposit for any reason. You could file a small claims lawsuit (low filing fee of $50-$100, depending on the amount of your security deposit) and you would be entitled to an award of 3 times your security deposit plus 3 times any unpaid interest on that deposit plus...

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  4. What includes Tenant's general duty to repair and maintain the premises in Mass?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey M Feuer
    2. Patrick Bull
    3. Thomas J Callahan
    4. Julie Court Molloy
    4 lawyer answers

    It is the landlord's responsibility to make ALL repairs necessary to keep the premises in compliance with the minimum standards for human habitation set out in the State Sanitary Code (also known as the housing code), no matter how small or how little the cost. The landlord is prohibited from switching that responsibility onto to tenant and any attempt to do so would be in violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Gen. Laws ch. 93A) and would subject a landlord to liability under...

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  5. My landlord say he does not have to pay me interest on my last month deposit of 975.00 that I give him in December 2003.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    2. Jeffrey M Feuer
    3. Anthony Rao
    3 lawyer answers

    The Landlord certainly owes you interest on your last month's rent at 5% because he has not paid you the interest from the bank that he has earned on that money each year. However, unless you can show that he willfully or fraudulently withheld that interest payment from you, the statute of limitations may limit your recovery to four or six years of interest. On the other hand, if the landlord does not pay you the interest owed within 30 days of the termination of your tenancy, he can be held...

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  6. Landlord is a bully and a slum lord how do i go about getting a security deposit returned

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey M Feuer
    2. Constantine T Mariolis
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    The security deposit law (Mass. General Laws ch. 186, sec. 15B) required your landlord to place your security deposit in a separate bank account and give you a receipt for that deposit within 30 days of your paying which shows the name and address of the bank and the name and account number that the deposit was placed in. If the landlord did not do that, you are entitled to make a written demand for the immediate return of your security deposit (even if you still live in the apartment)....

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  7. Landlord forbids us from entering premise before lease ends

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey M Feuer
    2. John Laughlin Fink
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
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    Absent an order from a court, the landlord had no right to prevent you from entering your home during the entire month for which you paid rent and had no right to restrict the times that you could enter. You could go to court and get an emergency order from the court allowing you to enter the home (if you can prove that rent has been paid). You also would be able to sue the landlord for preventing you from entering your home, which would be a violation of Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 186, sec. 14 and...

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  8. Do I need to release personal information to my new landlord (unit recently sold)?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Michael J. Szklasz
    2. Jeffrey M Feuer
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    Your current lease is still valid as regards the new owner and you are under no obligation to give them your SSN or bank account numbers, nor do you have to sign a new lease with them. Of course, you may want to explain to them that you will be leaving upon the expiration of your current one year lease so that you don't start off on the wrong foot with the new landlord.

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  9. Do i have to open up a separate bank account for a 6month lease ?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey M Feuer
    2. Erik Hammarlund
    3. Thomas J Callahan
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, a separate escrow bank account is required for ALL security deposits taken for a residential dwelling. Furthermore, there are strict stautory requirements for withholding or keeping all or part of a security deposit because of damages allegedly done to an apartment by tenants. Those requirements are spelled out in Mass. General Laws Chapter 186, section 15B. If you do not follow those requirements specifically, you may lose your right to retain the security deposit for any reason. You...

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  10. My employer hasn't paid me my paycheck for the pay period May 15th to May 30th. What are my rights? Can I get my money?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Michael J. Bace
    2. Cheri L Crow
    3. Jeffrey M Feuer
    3 lawyer answers

    Massachusetts laws provides a minimum set of standards for when, how and how much employees must be paid. You can file (for free) a Non-payment of Wages Complaint form with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office by clicking on the link provided herein or call the AG's office at (617) 727-3465. They will investigate the claim for you and may be able to force the employer to pay you.

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