Massachusetts Evictions (Summary Process) by Justin R. McCarthy


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Massachusetts Evictions (Summary Process) by Justin R. McCarthy

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Free Legal Aid provides useful information about eviction. In addition to the video here, be sure you check out other resources.


The first step in the Massachusetts Eviction Process is the landlord serving the tenant with a “Notice to Quit.” If the landlord is evicting a tenant for non-payment of rent, the landlord must serve the tenant with a 14 Day Notice to Quit, unless the lease with the tenant provides some other notice period. check to learn more.


In Massachusetts, it is illegal for a landlord, on his or her own, to remove tenants and occupants and their belongings from a rented apartment, room, or home without first getting a court order. The court case that a landlord files to get a court order is called summary process (the legal term for an eviction). check to learn more.

Tenant Defenses to Evictions in Massachusetts

The  General Laws of Massachusetts  set forth all the rules and regulations landlords and tenants must follow when renting property, including when and how a landlord can evict a tenant. The most common reasons for evictions in Massachusetts are a tenant failing to pay rent or violating the lease or rental agreement. check to learn more.