Edward Rice’s Answers

Edward Rice

Boston Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

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  1. I signed a Tenant At Will Lease for a room in my apt to a woman on SSI for a mental problem. She has never paid rent. How do I

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Rice
    2. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    2 lawyer answers

    Based on what you said in your posting I would recommend calling elder protective services in Hull. You can contact them at 197 Samoset Ave # A Hull, MA 02045 and by phone (781) 925-0012. If your roomate pulls a knife again call the police at 911.

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  2. I live in an apartment building that has squirrels living in the walls. What can I do??

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Rice
    2. Nathaniel A Tripp
    3. Erik Hammarlund
    3 lawyer answers

    Contact your local Board of Health. For Melrose the number is (781) 979-4130. You should also document your complaints to the landlord in writing and keep a copy.

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  3. Hello, Am I required to provide screens on windows to my tenants in massachusetts?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Rice
    2. Erik Hammarlund
    3. Aaron H. Hutchins
    4. Jeffrey K. Varszegi
    5. Deborah Gwen Roher
    5 lawyer answers

    The state sanitary code at 105 CMR 410.551 covers this 410.551: Screens for Windows The owner shall provide screens for all windows designed to be opened on the first four floors opening directly to the outside from any dwelling unit or room unit provided, that in an owner-occupied unit, the owner need provide screens for only those windows used for ventilation. All new or replacement screens shall be of not less than 16 mesh per square inch. Said screens: (1) shall cover that...

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  4. Can senior/ disabled tenants add a disabled grandson to their lease (of 2-bedroom apartment) at public housing?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Rice
    2. Deborah Gwen Roher
    2 lawyer answers

    The answer to this question will depend on several details that are not in the question, so I can't give you a simple yes/no reply. The best thing I can recommend is that the grandparents contact their local legal services office. There is coverage for every county in the U.S. and in Massachusetts you can find the office that covers your area by checking here http://www.masslegalservices.org/directory The Grandparents will qualify for no cost legal help due to their income. And legal...

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  5. I WAS EVICTED AND WAS SUPPOSE TO BE OUT THE FIRST OF NOV. 2014. CAN THE LANDLORD CHANGE MY LOCK TO MY MAILBOX FOR THIS? THANKS

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Edward Rice
    2. Erik Hammarlund
    3. Marc A. Strange
    4. Howard Berkson
    4 lawyer answers

    If you have moved out of the old apartment but have not found a new place to live yet, you can put a hold on your mail at the local post office and pick it up in person instead of having the postal carrier delivering it to your old address. When you find a new place to live you can then forward your mail to that new address. Both of these services are free at the post office. The other lawyers were correct in that your landlord needs to follow the court process to legally evict you. If...

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  6. On section 8 living in the same place for 6yrs never got rent receipts landlords evicting me for non payment how to prove I paid

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Rice
    2. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    2 lawyer answers

    You likely have a good defense to this case and you need to make sure you file your Answer and Discovery on time. You should call the Legal Services provider that covers your area for free legal assistance. New Bedford is covered by: Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts LLC 231 Main St. Suite 201 Brockton, MA 02301 (508) 586-2110 1-800-244-8393 you can also check http://www.bostonevictionlaw.com/ for some basic info and a link to the Answer form

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  7. Landlord sexually assaulted my children and I want out of lease

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. John Laughlin Fink
    2. Patrick Bull
    3. Edward Rice
    4. Jeffrey K. Varszegi
    5. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    5 lawyer answers

    Like. Attorney Bull said. Call the police and a lawyer asap. Even on a Sunday.

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  8. My landlord is refusing to delead, and has declined to renew our lease because of it.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Saccardi
    2. Edward Rice
    3. Philip W. Mason
    3 lawyer answers

    In short you are likely to have several good claims against your landlord you should talk to an attorney for more detail. I'd be happy to talk to you or look for a lawyer who lives in your town that you trust.

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  9. Do I have grounds to sue my landlord,

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Rice
    2. Erik Hammarlund
    2 lawyer answers

    Call your local Board of Health for an inspection of your rental. You can reach city hall in Springfield by calling 311. You should also talk to a lawyer who has experience in Landlord Tenant law.

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  10. I have been renting my apartment for 12 years. should landlord offer maintence?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Edward Rice
    2. Nathaniel A Tripp
    3. John Michael Phillips
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes the landlord is usually responsible for most maintence. Call the landlord or send a note listing the items to be addressed. If that fails the city of boston can do an inspection and notify the landlord. But that should not be your first step.

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