Irene H Bagdoian’s Answers

Irene H Bagdoian

Brockton Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

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  1. If a tenant has stopped paying rent, how long do you have to give him on a notice to quit to pay up or move out

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Irene H Bagdoian
    2. Alan Stanford Fanger
    2 lawyer answers

    If your tenant is delinquent in paying his or her rent, Massachusetts law permits you to serve upon your tenant a 14-Day Notice to Quit. If the tenant has not been served a 14-Day Notice to Quit in the previous year, the tenant may cure the non-payment by making full payment of the rent to you within 10 days of receiving the notice to quit. If the tenant does not cure within 10 days and after the 14 days has elapsed, you may start a summary process (eviction) action in district court or, if...

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  2. I live in a slumlord situation. I've lived in this apartment for close to a decade but currently am not on he lease.

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Irene H Bagdoian
    1 lawyer answer

    Contact the Inspectional Services Department for the City of Boston. An inspector will come to your apartment and conduct an inspection to determine whether your unit contains sanitary code violations. (The Massachusetts State Sanitary Code governs all aspects of living conditions in Massachusetts.) If your unit contains structural violations - which sounds very likely - your landlord will receive a notice of violation and be given a timetable for correcting the violations. The Inspectional...

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  3. Landlord tenant laws in MA, co tenant's rights at removing other person's property

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Henry Lebensbaum
    2. Irene H Bagdoian
    2 lawyer answers

    You don't state whether your ex-boyfriend is, in fact, still living with you in your apartment, whether he paid rent, and whether the landlord knew that he was living with you. Moreover, you seem to suggest that this is a "criminal matter", but you don't discuss whether you obtained a Chapter 209A restraining order against your ex-boyfriend (to prevent him from coming near you or the premises) because of violent or threatening behavior toward you. This information is important in determining...

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  4. Question regarding whether one roomate under Tenants in Common can prevent a dog from being allowed in a house.

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Douglas M. Mercurio
    2. Irene H Bagdoian
    3. Janet Lee Brewer
    3 lawyer answers

    In the early days of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when people lived close to each other and all decisions affected everyone, decisions were made by consensus - not by majority rule. It is still true today that families, small businesses, and other small groups function better when decisions affecting the whole group are made by consensus. Having said this, I believe you should consider the impact on your homelife before bringing a dog into the house. Families don't typically...

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  5. Can i be evicted?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Irene H Bagdoian
    2. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    2 lawyer answers

    Your landlord can bring a summary process (eviction) action against you. in either district court or housing court. However, you have valuable counterclaims which could make it difficult for the landlord to succeed in removing you from the premises. Given that the landlord seems fairly desperate to empty the building so that the landlord can accomplish the short sale with the contemplated buyer, you may also have an opportunity to seek $$$$ in exchange for your agreement to move out by a...

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  6. Notice to Quit

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Irene H Bagdoian
    2. Bruce H Murray
    2 lawyer answers

    Under Massachusetts law, your landlord's "verbal" 30-day notice to quit has no legal significance because a notice to terminate a tenancy must be in writing. If you are behind on your rent, your landlord has the right to terminate your tenancy upon 14 days' notice. If you receive a 14 day notice to quit and you have not received another notice to quit for non-payment of rent in the past 12 months, you may cure the non-payment by paying the full amount of the arrearage to your landlord...

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  7. Court Summons

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Jen Chiasson-Aronoff
    2. Irene H Bagdoian
    2 lawyer answers

    Under the rules of civil procedure, you need to file a written answer to the complaint and serve it upon the plaintiff (or plaintiff's attorney) within 20 days after you were served the complaint. A proper answer admits or denies each numbered paragaph of the complaint. The answer may also contain "affirmative defenses" which set forth reasons why the complaint is deficient or the case cannot result in a judgment for the plaintiff. Depending on the nature of the case, you may wish to...

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  8. "WHAT EXACTLY IS A NOTICE OF CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE?"

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    2. Jessica Ann Foley
    3. Irene H Bagdoian
    4 lawyer answers

    A case management conference is usually the first opportunity for both sides of a lawsuit to see each other and determine the strength of their cases. It's also an opportunity for the court to set a schedule of events which will take place in the course of the lawsuit. All lawsuits involve a series of events which ultimately lead to the trial. Before the trial, both parties may collect information (called "discovery") which can be used at the trial. At the case management conference, you...

  9. Is a landlord allowed to tell a tenant that he/she is not allowed to have overnight quests?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    2. Irene H Bagdoian
    2 lawyer answers

    If your daughter's tenancy is subsidized under the Section 8 program or another rental subsidy program, there IS a limit on the number of nights she may have a guest (14 days in a year). This rule was established to ensure that the income of everyone who regularly stays at the apartment is counted in the rent calculation. Otherwise, taxpayers would be paying a higher rent subsidy than the tenant was really entitled to. However, if your daughter's tenancy is not subsidized, her landlord...

  10. Land lord tenant dispute

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Irene H Bagdoian
    1 lawyer answer

    It sounds like you and your landlord are on a collision course which began almost as soon as you moved into your current apartment. Although a judge previously granted a restraining order, your latest court appearance did not result in a restraining order - which is highly unusual when a landlord turns off water and locks a tenant out of the premises. It appears - for some reason not explained in your question - that the judge was not persuaded by your side of the story. Honestly, your...