I have a rooming house. Tenant is constantly coming up with new medical problems and excuses why she cannot pay her rent. She is three months behind now.
Her disability is not a defense to failure to pay rent. The only defenses to failure to pay rent are things that would require you to owe her money, such as poor conditions, or failure to make repairs. For non-payment of rent, you would send her a notice to quit and follow up with a court case if she doesn't move. Since you run a boarding house, I highly suggest getting a lawyer involved as the process is slightly different than a normal tenancy (and you also want to make sure everything on your end is legal to avoid other trouble).
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
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