Favorably Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Our lawyers spend a lot of time in the Massachusetts Housing Court resolving landlord-tenant disputes. The stakes are high for landlords who sometimes have to make difficult choices to protect other renters, themselves and their building from a problem tenant. When they do have to make such difficult choices, many in the Worcester area turn to the lawyers at Aitken, Chacharone & Power.

There are laws protecting the rights and interests of both renters and owners, but by far the greater share of protection goes to tenants. Most of our clients are small to medium-size landlords who are reluctant to take the step of eviction, but are forced to act because a tenant refuses to pay rent, is doing damage to the property or is even engaged in criminal activities.

The eviction process in Massachusetts includes several steps carried out according to a strict timeline set by the court. It is full of potential land mines for an unprepared landlord. Landlords who do not carefully follow this process, or who fail to include the right legal language, frequently lose in court, and can themselves be subject to counterclaims, penalties and fines.

Our lawyers start with a letter to the tenant called a Notice to Quit, the first and necessary step to begin an eviction. A correctly written Notice to Quit, supported by legal proof that it was received by the tenant, will be required by the court later on in the process if the landlord is to succeed in regaining possession of his or her property. Even better, a well-written notice can open a dialog with the tenant so that we can negotiate their quick departure without going to court.

We appreciate the landlords' point of view in this situation. It is their right to protect their property and also to protect other tenants in a building. If you are having trouble with difficult tenants, look to Aitken, Chacharone & Power. We can advise you on what actions are legal and which are not. We can also advise on lease contracts as well as complying with the difficult rules for security deposits, which strengthen your position in these challenging situations.

We have the experience and strategy to resolve your landlord-tenant problem or any real estate issue effectively and efficiently. Call our attorneys at 508-859-1775, or email us a description of your problem.