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Massachusetts Leases and Rental Agreements Laws

More Information on Lease and Rental Agreement Laws

Code SectionCh. 151B §4; Ch. 186 §15B
Terms of LeasesPayment and acceptance of rent create tenancy at will (Staples v. Collins, 73 N.E.2d 729 (1947)); certain acts/conduct may negate this presumption (Corcoran Management Co., Ins. v. Withers, 513 N.E.2d 218)
DepositsLimit 1 month rent; interest on deposit required at 5% from first day of tenancy if landlord has held deposit for one year; deposit must be returned within 30 days
DiscriminationNo discrimination on basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, marital status, member of armed forces, handicapped in any multiple dwelling, contiguously located housing accommodations or publicly assisted dwellings
Uniform Residential Landlord & Tenant Act Adopted?No

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