Information for Landlords & Tenants

Suzanne Hoey from the Barnstable Law Library visited us in April for two free workshops for landlords and tenants. We have made the materials and resources from her presentations available to you here. If you would like to get in touch with Suzanne directly, please contact the Barnstable Law Library. 

 

Helpful Information for Tenants

[link to Suzanne’s Powerpoint Presentation for Renters/Tenants]

Barnstable County Registry of Deeds 

If you are interested in renting a property, it’s a good idea to obtain the landlord’s full name and address and check the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds to verify they are the owner of the property.

[link to pdf] Legal Rights: Tactics in Discrimination (excerpt; 2017 edition)

Evictions

All Court Forms

Eviction Defense Forms

Self-Help Forms

Massachusetts Law about Landlord and Tenant

Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access 

Search for the landlord’s last name and first initial by looking in the Housing Court department’s court records.

Tenant’s Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing

Read the entirety of Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts, 2017 online. This handbook provides practical information about tenants’ rights in private housing—housing that is owned by an individual or a privately-owned company.

Helpful Information for Landlords

[link to Suzanne’s Powerpoint Presentation for Landlords]

[link to pdf] Attorney General’s Guide to Landlord/Tenant Rights

This document outlines not only rental agreement considerations, but also tenancy, payment agreements, eviction, habitable living conditions, and housing discrimination. It is important for both landlords and tenants to understand the laws and regulations that govern these areas and what they might mean for their particular living arrangement.

[link to pdfHousing Providers Rights and Responsibilities Under Federal and Massachusetts State Fair Housing Law, Mass. Housing, Jan. 2011

Explains fair housing / discrimination law to landlords, including: how to market your apartment legally, communication with prospective tenants, dealing with families and children, explanation of disabilities and the rights of the disabled, and more.

Massachusetts Discrimination Law 

Massachusetts Law about Landlord and Tenant

Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access 

Search for the tenant’s last name and first initial by looking in the Housing Court department’s court records.

Tenant’s Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing

Read the entirety of Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts, 2017 online. This handbook provides practical information about tenants’ rights in private housing—housing that is owned by an individual or a privately-owned company.

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