Free for Landlords & Tenants

***UPDATE: Due to a severe power outage at the Main Library, this program has been rescheduled from Wednesday, March 14 to Wednesday, April 25.

Suzanne Hoey from the Barnstable Law Library will visit the Main Library on Wednesday, April 25 for two free workshops held in the Hermann Meeting Room.

Ask a Law Librarian: Renting an Apartment

Date & Time: April 25, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how much you should be paying for rent, what you should check for in a lease, and what you should do if you feel you need to move out before your lease ends? Suzanne will cover housing laws, as well as tenant rights and responsibilities, and answer any questions you have so you feel at ease the next time you need to rent a new apartment.

Topics covered: 

  • Housing Matters in the Courts
  • Legal Tactics
  • Renter’s Insurance
  • Cleaning Fees, Pet Deposits, Credit Checks, and other fees
  • Month-to-month agreements and leases: pros and cons
  • Plus much more!

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Ask a Law Librarian: Landlord 101

Date & Time: April 25, 2018, 7:00 -8:00 p.m.

If you are a new, prospective, or seasoned landlord, join Suzanne for this second workshop at 7:00 pm. You will learn how to find and evaluate new tenants, the pros and cons of a lease, how best to handle evictions, plus much more.

Topics covered: 

  • How to find tenants
  • References, credit checks, and CORI checks
  • Month-to-month agreements and leases: pros and cons
  • Security deposits and other fees
  • Right to Quiet Enjoyment, Warranty of Habitability, and other housing laws
  • Repairs
  • Evictions
  • Plus much more!

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Suzanne Hoey is the Head Law Librarian at the Barnstable Law Library. The Barnstable Law Library is open to everyone and is located in Barnstable, MA. It offers help with legal research, provides books and materials for borrowing, and allows access to online databases for no charge, including Westlaw and Lexis. You can read more about the library on its website.

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