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Christopher Saccardi

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Somerville, MA

5.0   43 reviews

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    90%
    I represent landlords and tenants in summary process evictions, civil cases, security deposit recovery cases, and many other landlord/tenant-related matters. I also am available for Limited Assistance Representation (LAR), through which I represent clients at a particular hearing or mediation/negotiation rather than for the duration of an entire case. In situations where you need an attorney for a limited purpose, LAR can be very cost-effective.

    14 years, 400 cases

  2. Class action
    10%
    I represent tenants in class action cases involving mishandling security deposits, violations of the Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A), and other landlord-tenant issues.

    10 years, 6 cases

Attorney Saccardi is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northeastern University School of Law. He focuses on landlord-tenant law in Boston and the surrounding communities. In 2012, Attorney Saccardi was named by the Boston Bar Association as a 2012-2013 Public Interest Leader. An active volunteer with the Volunteer Lawyer Project’s housing court programs, Attorney Saccardi was awarded VLP’s 2011 Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award for exceptional service in accepting and handling pro bono cases. He was named a Rising Star in 2015-2017 and a Super Lawyer in 2018-2021 by Super Lawyers as well as a top real estate lawyer by Boston Magazine in 2021.

Prior to starting his own practice, Attorney Saccardi was a litigation associate at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge in Boston.

Prior to law school, he worked in the Macroeconomics department of the Harvard Institute for International Development and as Assistant Director of the Community Preservation Coalition at the Trust for Public Land. When Attorney Saccardi is not in court or meeting with clients, he enjoys most things outdoors and is always on the lookout for the best pizza in Boston.

Licensed for 14 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Christopher

Broderick Bancroft & Saccardi
761 Broadway
Somerville, MA, 02144

Reviews

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Posted by Kehan | March 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The "too good to be true" type of lawyer you deserve to work with
I have been working for Christ for quite a while in several cases and inquiries about landlord-tenant issues. First of all, I got to say he is 100% expert in his field. He's not just proficient with all the details and nuances of general legal codes but also very familiar and up-to-date with temporary and local decrees that are specific to each town. He is scrupulous but will catch opportunities to strike and he is very effective. The most impressive part about him is his responsiveness. It happens frequently that I responds to his email after days but he will respond my emails within an hour, and he's consistently doing that. I have a tenant in Malden that is very aggressive, spiteful and consistently harass me to make me angry and unable to sleep at night, while not paying rent and with me consistently calling for all sorts of services that are not actually needed, yet she's protected by moratorium. She even throw dog feces at her neighbor tenant and threatens to get her neighbor deported. My previous lawyer takes 13 months to communicate patiently with her and tell me to communicate politely and patiently with her no matter how she provoke. While this is safe measure I almost got mental decease out of such torture. Yet no active measures have been taken. We told her to apply for RAFT yet she always tries to miss one or two documents in every application and enjoys getting me tortured and seeing me unable to get any compensation. When I transfer the case to Christ. After reading over all the facts, documents, hundreds of text message exchange, he confirmed with me the plan of action and returned to me with a strong-worded 7-day notice to quit within the same day. Actually after confirming with me, he only takes an hour to send me the notice and immediately ordered constable service to deliver it to the tenant. The tenant receives it the next day and the Metro Housing contacted me the immediately to tell me I can get the $30k+ back rent if I did not pursue eviction. It's something I never expect to get back. I really appreciate Christ's professionalism and efficiency. He is also extremely responsive and cost-efficient. He never overcharge you for simple tasks. If you were told during the moratorium that there's a very pure 5-star landlord-tenant lawyer with 10/10 avvo rating who can responds to you within the same day, or at most within two days, that is also very cost-efficient with your bottom line, who speaks in good manner and pleasant to work with, it's almost like someone's promoting something that only exists in dream. But here he is, the true professional you deserve, whether you're the landlord or the tenant.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST IN BOSTON
I found Chris Saccardi and Ed Rice's information online when I Googled best Tenant Attorney in Boston, and their information came up first. These guys truly are the best, so Google was extremely accurate! Chris and Ed worked extremely hard on a complex detailed case for me for 3 years that resulted with a positive resolution. The subject of the case was traumatic, and I knew I needed a good support system when I realized the situation I was in wasn't getting any better and was actually getting worse. They are extremely patient and professional and knew exactly how to handle dealing with me as a client when my emotions were running high. They both did an unbelievable job and worked extremely hard, I couldn't have asked for any better. Their dedication, determination, professionalism, knowledge and passion for law is top notch. They fight for what's right and won't back down from what they believe in. They fought and defended me until the end, and for that I will forever be grateful. If you are a tenant or a landlord, you definitely want Christopher Saccardi or Edward Rice on your team. They will give it their all and won't let you down. Thanks guys for everything, I'll never forget it.
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Posted by Nate | April 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy
I found Chris's contact information online after searching for landlord-tenant attornies in the Boston area. My landlord was unjustly withholding our security deposit and I reached out to Chris for help. He has very thorough in his review of our documents and was very clear about what the process would look like if we secured his services. Chris' clear communication and professionalism was much needed to resolve the security deposit issue. I really appreciated how much time he spent understanding the history and intricacies of our situation. After several months of negotiation with our former landlord, he was able to reach a settlement without going to court. We're very glad we decided to secure his services.
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Posted by Jamie | May 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Excellent Lawyer, Kind Person
I am so grateful Chris was recommended to us to resolve our dispute with property management company. We had been through hell and he was kind, patient, and clear about what to expect each step of the way. We were able to recover our deposits and be released from the lease and that would not have happened without his help. Thank you, Chris!
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Posted by Trevor | February 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Excellent Attorney
After being harassed by our former landlord and his attorney for months, we brought Mr. Saccardi in to help us. Within 1 month, the landlord and his attorney backed off and we reached an agreement. This was much thanks to Mr. Saccardi's diligence, knowledge and effort in our case. Highly recommend his services.
Posted by Ben | December 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, responsive - very glad we hired Chris
Chris handled our case with incredible professionalism. His knowledge of landlord-tenant law was superior to any lawyer we talked to when we were exploring our options on how to respond to a landlord ignoring unlivable conditions in our apartment. He saved us countless hours by wrapping our case up in less than two months, during which we had to do very little other than some short phone conversations and e-mail. He got us the outcome we wanted far faster than I expected. Highly recommend Chris; he's a true professional and was a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Shamiah | September 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A fantastic and knowledgable attorney
Chris is a fantastic attorney who specializes in landlord/tenant situations. I hired him in January 2018 for an eviction, and my only regret was that I did not hire him sooner! Not only is Chris knowledgeable of MA landlord/tenant laws, but he is professional, personable and great to work with. Before I hired Chris, I tried to walk through the legal process on my own, only to have my case thrown out due to a minor technicality. Chris took an extremely stressful situation and turned it into a successful one! I am extremely grateful for his service!
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tenant
I hired Chris based on excellent reviews on yelp.com for a long and complicated tenant-landlord dispute, involving eviction proceedings, returns of deposits, etc. Chris has been excellent at every step from the beginning - attentive, highly intelligent, very responsive and available, always serious and to the point but with a tinge of refreshing humor. I especially appreciate Chris's integrity and honesty in dealings, working hard to win, but also to save me money.The guy is successful really loves his job and working with people. Otherwise unpleasant dealing were actually quite interesting, even entertaining, since Chris will explain very well to you what's going on. I absolutely recommend Chris, you won't be disappointed!
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Posted by Kate | January 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Expereince
I retained Chris Saccardi to guide me through the process of evicting tenants who had stopped paying their rent. He responded within a day to my initial inquiry, and after I hired him, was almost instantly responsive to all my questions and in drafting the legal documents to get the eviction process going. His approach is calm, sensible, and knowledgeable. He clearly explained the issues and options, and what my and the tenants' rights were. I particularly valued that he helped me strategize how to communicate with the tenants in a way that kept emotions (on both sides) from escalating. As a result, we didn't need to go to trial, and the legal costs were kept to a minimum. When I found the next tenants, he looked over the lease and made some important revisions. I recommend Chris very highly, both if you are a landlord or a tenant. I was seriously considering selling my property before I found Chris, because being a landlord in MA is not easy. Knowing that I can call on him for help and advice has persuaded me that I can keep the property and be comfortable that I have the right legal expertise to protect myself.
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Posted by ll2150 | January 18, 2018
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Excellent legal representation for an out-of-state landlord
I highly recommend Chris Saccardi's services in landlord-tenant legal matters. We had tenants in our rental property in MA who made endless demands for repairs, got the housing inspector to issue a citation, and refused to pay the remaining rent on the lease (8 months). We were out-of-state landlords which made things more difficult. After going through two other attorneys, we hired Chris to handle our case. We decided to evict these tenants. At every step of the legal proceedings, Chris: - patiently and clearly explained the options in front of us, with pros and cons - described what he thought the other side could do in response to our actions, and things usually turned out the way he anticipated - dealt with the other side's attorney skillfully and gracefully - accommodated our schedules, responded promptly to our queries and gave us sound and wise legal advice - had an eye out for costs. We felt he always had our best interests at heart - was never patronizing or pushy Most importantly, Chris helped get the tenants out of our property before the end of the lease without the need for a trial.
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Posted by Dianna | October 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
I reached out to Chris to ask for legal advice about a dispute with a previous landlord. Chris corresponded with me extensively during this initial investigative phase. He was thoughtful, thorough, and extremely helpful. I already felt as though I was his client! I can't recommend Chris enough!
Posted by iain watson | May 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Landlord with Tenant issue
I had a situation where a tenant did not inform me of an issue with my property for many months and did not relay in any detail what was the sporadic issue. Instead a lawyer relative of the tenant decided to complain on their behalf in great detail with possible legal action and compensation requirements. This was after many months of an apparent issue that I had not been informed about by the non-communicative tenant. I was very concerned as it was all a big shock to me due to the long delay in the tenant communicating and I felt unsure of the next steps and what could happen to me legally. And of course I wanted to know my rights at this point in time. I needed a lawyer quickly who understood all the legal possibilities as a Landlord and as I have moved from the area I had to decide by searching online. I chose Chris based solely on all the great AVVO reviews he has had on his website and his specialty. I was able to send him detailed emails and had some lengthy conversations to get him up to speed with the correspondence I had received. Chris immediately put me at ease with his professionalism and sympathetic manner; he calmly read all my correspondence and made notes about my predicament. Chris went through all the possible scenarios and ways to handle different situations. He prepared me for all future situations but made sure we addressed all current possibilities without having to escalate the situation. For all continuing correspondence, Chris created replies and advised me on every step of the process and continued to defend my rights as a Landlord. Through Chris’s guidance I was able to resolve the issue satisfactorily. I highly recommend Chris to any Landlord/tenant who is having any kind of issue regarding leasing/renting property.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2017
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Expert Help
Chris helped negotiate a favorable settlement for me and my roommates in a difficult situation with our former landlord. Chris was professional, diligent, patient, and insightful throughout the entire process, and we could not have asked for a better experience given the circumstances. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone who needs legal help regarding tenant law and landlord help in the greater Boston area.
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Posted by Lin | February 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful!
I have emailed Chris inquiring recommendations and suggestions about dealing with our landlord over bed bugs infestation/damages/claims in the apartment we rent from. He was extremely helpful and quick in his responses, more so than any other attorneys I've contacted. I'd highly recommend Chris to anyone dealing with landlord/tenant issues.
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Posted by Max | December 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
So helpful
Chris is so nice, he helped me get my condo back! Definitely recommend to anyone who have tenant - landlord issues.
Posted by Courtney | July 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity - Excellence -- Dedication
We reached out to Chris in regards to a dispute we were having with our former landlord. Chris promptly connected with us to understand the details and review our documentation. He clearly explained all of our options and potential outcomes. He was so patient with us and our lack of knowledge with legal terminology. He was always accessible and always kept us in the loop and up to date as the case progressed--we really appreciated that! Things were a bit challenging with the former landlord but Chris was always one step ahead. He is extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional! We are so appreciative of his time and expertise. We truly enjoyed working with Chris! I would highly recommend Chris to anyone seeking help with the justice system.
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Posted by Leilei | June 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful, helpful, hard working lawyer
My tenants didn't pay rent for over six months. I was searching a lawyer to evict the tenants. After read his good review, and called MA lawyer association for reference, I decided to hire Christopher Saccardi. It turned out is a right choice. He worked very hard. Even 11pm in evening, he still kept working. So my case resolved quickly and didn't have any delay. He is also very thoughtful. He always gave me good advice and helped us to save time and money. I highly recommend this lawyer for your landlord/tenant problems.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2015
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Landlord & Tenant advice session
After making the $40 payment AvvoAdvisor emailed me with a receipt and then an autorny called me shortly after. My autorny, Chris Saccardi, was awesome. He was able to provide me with a lot of advice as well as laws that would protect me in my situation. I'd gladly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Connie | May 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Perfect Choice
I live in California. In Fall of 2014, I learned of the sudden death of my co-investor of an East Boston property. Our lease tenant then made the decision to stop paying rent. In early January 2015, based on the many strong Avvo reviews I read, I contacted Chris Saccardi. From the start, Chris was impressive. He responded immediately to my request for his help, and accepted my case despite the distance. Based on the pertinent facts, he educated me on all possible approaches and outcomes. Chris, being the fair person he is, began by reaching out to the non-paying tenant, to no avail. He then quickly started the eviction process, which in March resulted in nearly all arrearage being paid. I was relieved and grateful as I realized that the process could have taken much longer than just a couple of months, and I could have easily been out significantly more money. All through this difficult time, Chris's cool and gentle manner kept me reassured and hopeful. I will always be grateful for his brilliance, dignity, and excellent character.
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Posted by John | February 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thoughtful, helpful, well-informed advice
In trying to deal with a nuanced and complicated tenant and sub-tenant issue in Boston, Mr. Saccardi was a great help. He went above and beyond a simple consultation. After a "discovery" call, we conducted the rest of our interactions by email. He was clear about our options (even if we didn't like them) as well as the risk we took if we didn't consider them (he presented these in a professional and non-judgmental way). In the end, we took his well-informed and well-reasoned advice. He was prompt, professional, and a great help. If we end up going to court over this issue, he will be our first choice.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-550 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Assistant Director
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Project Asst, Macroeconomics Dept.
  • Harvard Institute for International Development
  • 1999 - 2000

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2008
  • Dartmouth College
  • AB
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Summary Process Eviction in BHC
  • Prevailed at summary judgment (prior to trial) on claims and judge awarded damages and ordered attorney's fees to be paid by the other side.
  • MCAD Discrimination Case
  • Settled case on favorable terms for landlord prior to hearing.
  • Consumer Protection Act Claim
  • Motion to dismiss was granted.
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Associations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Real Estate Lawyer
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2021
  • Public Interest Leadership Program
  • Boston Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award
  • The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (5)
Endorse Christopher
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Chris through the Boston Bar Association. He is thoughtful, smart, and personable. I wouldn't hesitate to refer clients to Chris. I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of both collaborating with Attorney Saccardi on tenant matters with the Volunteer Lawyer's Project as well as litigating against Attorney Saccardi. In both instances he was knowledgeable, professional, and diligent in his efforts."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Chris on a professional level for about 5 years. In the interest of full disclosure, I am presently representing his wife. Chris is someone I rely on for advice on all my housing matters. He is an experienced attorney and a consummate professional. You can rely on him to expertly handle any housing situation."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Saccardi is a brilliant and compassionate landlord/tenant attorney."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Saccardi is the consummate professional. He knows the law, he is well liked, and is very good to his clients. Without reservation, I recommend this attorney."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Saccardi is one of the finest attorneys in Ma. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services. If I had a landlord tenant problem or if one of my clients had one, he would be the first and only attorney I would call."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have asked attorney Saccardi many questions and his detailed responses and thorough explanations have displayed a vast knowledge of the law. He is hard working and is truly an asset to the legal community."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Saccardi is a very professional and knowledgeable advocate whose articulate answers make him an asset to the clients he serves and to others in our legal community."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Saccardi for several years though his work at the Boston Housing Court. Having seen him working with clients, his passion and commitment is evident from the first interaction. In front of the judge, during hearings, his depth of knowledge of the law and professional demeanor earn him the respect of his colleagues. I have seen Attorney Saccardi at court almost every week since I first met him a few years ago. He has represented clients in mediation and negotiated favorable settlements in a large number of cases over the years. In addition he has a wide range of court room experience from motions through jury trial. His work earned him recognition from the VLP of the Boston Bar Association and the 2010 Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award for extraordinary service. I have, and will continue to, personally recommend his services to several clients."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. It is obvious he is a master in the area of housing law and landlord-tenant law in particular. His advice here on avvo is spot-on. Anyone who needs a housing lawyer would be smart to be his client."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Christopher Saccardi is a very knowledgeable and articulate advocate. It is clear that he represents his clients with passion, commitment, and legal competence. I endorse attorney Saccardi with enthusiasim."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris and I have volunteered together for nearly two years with the Volunteer Lawyer's Project of the Boston Bar Association at their Lawyer For The Day table in Boston Housing Court. There I've observed Chris both in-court and with clients, and I offer my endorsement of his work there without reservation. He is, in a word, fearless. He's never afraid to take a client, to advocate a difficult position, or do what has to be done. What's more, he gets results, in the form of both victory at trial and favorable settlement agreements. Finally, he's just a genuinely good, caring, person who is a pleasure to work with. As such, and again, I offer Chris my highest endorsement and recommend him without reservation."
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Christopher Saccardi
Landlord or tenant Attorney
Somerville, MA
Licensed for 14 years
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