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A Massachusetts lease agreement is a written agreement between a landlord and a tenant. When it is signed by both parties, it becomes legally binding. The lease agreement explains the duties of both the landlord and the tenant. It lists the address of the property, how it can be used, the amount of rent to be paid, and how long the lease will last.
The most commonly used Massachusetts lease agreements are a standard residential (annual) lease agreement, a month-to-month lease agreement, a lease to own agreement, and a roommate agreement. All lease agreements must comply with state law.
A standard Massachusetts lease agreement is usually written for 12 months. To write a standard Massachusetts lease agreement, you need the following information:
There are several disclosures that must be included in a Massachusetts lease agreement. These disclosures are required by state law:
"This is a statement of the condition of the premises you have leased or rented. You should read it carefully in order to see if it is correct. If it is correct you must sign it. This will show that you agree that the list is correct and complete. If it is not correct, you must attach a separate signed list of any damage which you believe exists in the premises. This statement must be returned to the lessor or his agent within fifteen days after you receive this list or within fifteen days after you move in, whichever is later. If you do not return this list, within the specified time period, a court may later view your failure to return the list as your agreement that the list is complete and correct in any suit which you bring to recover the security deposit."
Federal law requires that any residence built before 1978 that is being rented must have a lead based paint disclosure.
Finally, the landlord is required under state law to provide reasonable notice before entering the property for repairs. However, the landlord is not required to give notice for any other reason (although it is recommended).
Under state law, landlords may not ask for more than one month of rent as a security deposit. The security deposit must be returned within 30 days of the tenant leaving the property. Security deposits must also be kept in an account that accrues a minimum of five percent interest or at the rate the bank gives in the State of Massachusetts.