This morning I was alerted to an excellent article on NPR.org about the situations tenants find themselves in when their landlord has been foreclosed upon and the bank fails to keep the unit habitable. Naturally, I tweeted it. This, unfortunately, is a situation that I see all too often though, so I thought it deserved a little more in-depth discussion about a tenant’s rights here in the Commonwealth.
My practice is now coming up on its two year anniversary in a few months and, despite that impending milestone I’m still doing a lot of learning by doing and picking up new lessons every day, sometimes from successes, sometimes from failures, sometimes just from being out there. Here are some reflections on a lesson of the third kind that I learned a while back…
It’s a refrain I had heard a thousand times from everyone I’d ever heard discuss the topic, “Whenever possible, if opposing counsel asks for a continuance because of a conflict, give it to them.” I’d internalized it, I’d bought into it, I’d made it my own. I was ready to go forth and be the lawyer who protected his client’s interests while maintaining civility and a shared professional respect among my legal brethren. So naturally, the first opportunity I had, I screwed it up. [Read more…]
I spend a lot of time in Boston Housing Court, both as part of my practice and as a volunteer at the Attorney for the Day table nobly run by the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. Through both of these roles I’ve had the opportunity to speak with innumerable landlords, and I’ve discovered that over and over again landlords as a group make the same two mistakes: they never learn the law, and they don’t operate like a business. Fortunately, there’s a single resource that can go a long way towards solving both these problems for a Massachusetts landlord.