Massachusetts apartment renters are an unusual breed. They pay a huge amount of money per month, some of the highest in the country, but don't always put up much of a fight when landlords try to trammel their rights.
Maybe its time that Boston and Massachusetts tenants learned that they can use a tenant rights attorney to stand up for them.
But what exactly does a tenant rights attorney do? Lets ask the researchers at FindLaw.
Sometimes it is best to get legal help in the beginning and have an attorney review a lease or rental agreement you think might have terms that aren’t legal. Sometimes, you need help when ending the landlord/tenant relationship like when you may be facing an eviction or unlawful detainer action. Or perhaps you think you may be the victim of a fair housing violation, or need help getting your security deposit back from your landlord. In each of these situations, having a landlord-tenant attorney on your side can help you get the best possible outcome.
If a lawsuit becomes necessary, no matter which side you are on, as plaintiff when you sue, or as defendant when you are sued, a landlord-tenant or real estate attorney can take action on your behalf. Typically they can review documents, research the law, interview witnesses, collect records, hire or confer with expert consultants, plan legal strategy, and negotiate with landlords, insurers, property managers, and opposing counsel — all with the goal of strengthening your position and obtaining the best results for you.
It may seem like one of those things that you don’t really need — like renter’s insurance — but when you are faced with various challenges that landlords throw your way, you will be glad you have a tenant rights attorney on your side.