Massachusetts Rental Laws 2017-02-01T10:37:53+00:00

Massachusetts Rental Laws

Your Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Massachusetts

The United States Census Bureau estimated that the population of Massachusetts was 6,745,408 on July 1, 2014, a 3.02% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of Massachusetts has 14 counties.

Massachusetts Rental Laws County MapState Rules and Regulations

Legal Resources

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 1 Month
  • Return Deadline:  30 Days

Fees and Notice

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  Landlord can terminate with an Unconditional Quit notice.
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes and may repair and deduct subject to conditions

Landlord Disclosures

Utilities

 Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

Last Updated: November 10, 2015

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