Are you a landlord in MA? You should read this

MA laws protecting tenants and landlords are pretty clear.  If you are a landlord, you need to know this:


The Renters Are Back! Questions You Can and Cannot Ask Prospective Tenants In Massachusetts

by Rich Vetstein on August 30, 2012 · 0 Comments and 5 Reactions

in Housing Discrimination,Landlord Tenant Law,Lead Paint,Leasing,Massachusetts Real Estate Law,Realtors,Rental Housing

School is back and summer is over. September 1 and the start of the new rental cycle is right around the corner. It’s time to review my best practices to get trouble-free, paying tenants in your Massachusetts rental property.

Screening Prospective Massachusetts Renters: What You Can and Cannot Ask

Landlords can legally ask prospective renters about the following:

  • income and current employment
  • prior landlord references
  • credit history
  • criminal history

Your rental application should include a full release of all credit history and CORI (Criminal Offender Registry Information). Use CORI information with caution, however, and offer the tenant an opportunity to explain any issues. Landlords should also check the Sex Offender Registry as they can be held liable for renting to a known offender. Use the rental application and other forms from the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.


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