Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. Ch. 186 §§ 1 to 29 and Ch. 186a §§ 1 to 6 are some of the landlord-tenant laws that govern month-to-month leases. There are also sanitation ordinances and local ordinances that affect how monthly residential lease agreements may operate. Security deposits must be held in an interest-bearing account. The account information must be provided to the renter. If the month-to-month tenancy lasts for more than one year, the landlord must pay the interest to the renter or deduct the interest amount from a rent payment. The security deposit cannot be more than one month’s rent. The landlord must provide the tenant with their security deposit and the interest within 30 days of move out, minus nonpayment of rent or damage to the rental property that exceeds normal wear and tear. If the landlord keeps part or all of the security deposit, they must provide the renter with a written statement describing the damages and providing the repair cost.
Because landlords and property managers must understand state laws, federal laws, and local ordinances before renting real estate, they should seek legal advice.
Chapter 186 § 12 states that the notice period for the lease termination for a month-to-month lease agreement is 30 days.