A couple weeks ago I posted a Massachusetts Judicial District Map that I created using Google Fusion Tables. At the request of one of my new Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys brethren I’ve gone ahead and created a similar map showing the areas covered by each of the five housing courts in the Commonwealth. More importantly, it shows those areas not covered at all by a housing court. Check it out after the jump: [Read more…]
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.
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.