Do I need a lawyer if my landlord changes the locks and threw out my property?: I moved out on the Nov.1st and my landlord changed the locks and threw out my property today on the 5th
Andrew’s answer: You should consult an attorney. You may have claims for wrongful eviction, conversion and violations of the consumer protection (amongst other potential claims). Every set of facts are different, but you should consult a lawyer. For example, my firm handled cases throughout the country involving banks wrongfully locking out homeowners who were foreclosed on.
Can my landlord evict us for calling the board of health?: my landlord wants to evict us on November 15th even though we never got a notice other than her phone calls. earlier this month my husband and I called the board of heath due to her not fixing the apartment. a couple of days after we called the board of health we informed her that we had done so and that is when she informed us that she will be evicting us
Andrew’s answer: In Massachusetts tenants are protected from retaliatory evictions. A retaliatory eviction is when a landlord evicts a tenant within 6 months of the tenant taking a lawful action such as calling a board of health. Every situation is different and you should have your facts reviewed by a lawyer.
Landlord has 30 days to return deposit: My ex landlord is withholding our security deposit. Our lease ended 8/31/2014 and we received the paperwork detailing why she thinks she has the right to withold our deposit POST MARKED on 10/1/2014. That's 31 days, and thus over the MA law requiring a security deposit response within 30 days. Am I missing something or am I entitled to my full security deposit back
Andrew’s answer: Is the only violation of the Security Deposit Law the postmarking of the written notice from your landlord? Did the landlord provide details about the alleged damages that he/she had to apply your Security Deposit for? Did he/she provide you with detailed estimates? Did he/she sign it under the pains and penalties of perjury? Did the landlord provide you with a written Statement of Conditions at the beginning of your rental and a written receipt for the deposit? Did your landlord account for interest on your deposit? These are all requirements under the Security Deposit law and your landlord might be liable for damages of three times the amount of the security deposit plus attorney's fees and costs for certain violations. You should likely consult a lawyer.