Protecting your interests as a Massachusetts landlord

The law provides protections to both landlords and tenants, yet the majority of the protections is for the benefit of the tenants. As a Massachusetts landlord, you would be wise to work to protect your interests and avoid unnecessary disputes with your tenants.

Preventing problems is the key to saving time, money and a significant amount of stress as a landlord. Avoiding pitfalls is not always an easy process, and you may find it beneficial to seek guidance as you work to avoid unnecessary complications. Being a landlord is complicated, but with preparation, it can be a profitable endeavor.

Things to avoid as a landlord

One of the simplest and most effective things that you can do to protect yourself as a landlord is to know and avoid some of the most common mishaps committed by property owners. Some of things you will want to avoid include:

  • Demonstrating discrimination against potential tenants by asking certain questions in the application or by openly discriminating against potential tenants
  • Failing to properly disclose certain information to tenants, such as notice of mold, information about the sex offender registry and more
  • Including illegal provisions in the rental agreement, such as terms that violate state or federal laws
  • Failing to provide safe environment for renters, such as by failing to disclose certain hazards and dangers that could harm tenants
  • Refusing to make repairs or to make repairs in a timely manner
  • Ignoring eviction rules and laws
  • Disregarding the tenant's right to privacy by entering in without proper notice
  • Keeping an insufficient amount of insurance on the property, resulting in serious financial loss

An ounce of prevention can pay dividends for the future of your rental business. As a landlord, you know that problems can arise at any time, and anything that you can do to mitigate issues is a worthwhile endeavor.

Your rights as a property owner

It is your right as a landlord to protect your property and your financial well-being in regards to a landlord-tenant dispute or other issue with your rental property. If you are having trouble, you would be wise to learn how you should proceed and what you should do to shield your financial well-being, your rental property and other tenants from harm.

You may find that you could benefit from a full understanding of your rights and the most prudent way to approach issues, comply with difficult terms of a rental or lease agreement, and find resolutions to complex legal concerns.

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