How much notice does the Sheriffs office need to give tenant before evicting a tenant? in state of Massachusetts.

Asked over 1 year ago - Brighton, MA

State of Massachusetts.

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  1. Erik Hammarlund

    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . It depends on why they are being evicted, and the stage of the proceedings.

    First there's a notice to quit which is generally served by the sheriff..
    Then there's the notice period (which varies depending on the reasons for eviction.)
    Then they may file an actual complaint; this is also served by sheriff.
    If the landlord wins possession, then after the appeals period runs the sheriff may actually evict. At that point they must give an additional 48 hours of notice.

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  2. Christopher McHallam

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    Answered . It depends what you mean.....if you are referring to eviction after a judgment and execution for possession has been obtained, then they give them 48 hours before forcibly moving the tenant.

    If you are talking about the initial service of a notice to quit, fourteen days notice is given for non-payment of rent before an action for eviction, summary process, can be initiated.

  3. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel

    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . I agree with the others, but, depending on what stage you are in, it could be as little as 48 hours.

    Christopher Vaughn-Martel is a Massachusetts lawyer with the firm of Vaughn-Martel Law in Boston, Massachusetts.... more

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