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Massachusetts Rental Lease Agreement

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Massachusetts is a quite populated state in New England where millions of people live as a tenant. Hence, rental agreements become quite important here. It is important to secure the rights of a tenant and a landlord.

Therefore, having proper knowledge about the Massachusetts rental lease agreement is necessary for a tenant and landlord both.

What Is the Massachusetts Rental Lease Agreement?

The Massachusetts rental lease agreement is a written 12 months agreement, signed between the landlord and the tenant. In this agreement, all the duties are thoroughly written and explained which both the parties need to understand and obey equally.

The lease agreement can include various useful information. It can also mention if the tenant is not permitted to use a certain part of the property.

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Massachusetts Landlord and Tenant Laws

There are several laws that govern the relationship between landlords and tenants. As per the law, the landlord does not have the right to take proprietorship on the property of the tenant. Before the lease is expired, the landlord has to give the tenant 14 days or 30 days’ notice period.

If the tenant still lives in the property after the expiry date, the landlord can file a civil case to remove the tenant. The judge will provide the date on which the tenant has to leave the property.

By chance, if the tenant violates the judgment, then the landlord has the right to relocate tenant belongings. During this process, the landlord pays the moving fee which is later entitled to reimbursement by the tenant.

The landlord can also change the amount of the tenant with proper prior notice before the end of the term. It is always advisable to make the change in the new term as soon as the agreement ends.

Massachusetts Lease Disclosures and Addendums

As per the Massachusetts law, the landlord has to disclose some specific information with the tenant. Such information includes a move-in checklist along with the identity of any person who is authorized and will be acting on behalf of the landholder. It also includes security depository details.

Also, the details regarding the nonrefundable fees that the landholder will charge, in case any damage caused to the rental apartment.

The addendums are written on the Massachusetts rental lease agreement for a better understanding of both the parties. Some of them are renovation addendum, smoking addendum, pet addendum, lead paint pamphlet, and bed bug brochure.

Optional Disclosures and Addendums

The optional disclosure is the objective to provide specific information such as the financial statement, payable amount, etc.

There are two parts of the disclosure i.e. qualitative disclosure and quantitative disclosure. In the qualitative disclosure, the nature of the lease and the sublease is mentioned. In the quantitative disclosure, the amount which is recognized in the financial statement relating to the lease is mentioned.

It is important to be aware of asbestos and mold disclosure. Before signing the asbestos, one must check it with the local state authority and it must be fully disclosed.

On the other hand, if someone has done the remediation of a mold of their home, then that must be disclosed too. The important dates, addresses, laws, and other important factors are mentioned there.

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Conclusion

Massachusetts rental lease agreement plays a significant role in the leasing process. If drafts properly, it can save both parties from unnecessary disputes. It also clears the terms and conditions between both landlords and tenants.

This Massachusetts rental lease agreement is broken up into 27 sections. Each section specifically describes the terms and conditions of the lease agreement. Hence, getting it drafted properly can be challenging.

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MASSACHUSETTS RENTAL LEASE AGREEMENT

 

I. THE PARTIES. This Rental Lease Agreement (“Agreement”) made this is between:

 

Landlord: with a mailing address of ("Landlord"), AND

 

Tenant(s): (“Tenant”).

 

Landlord and Tenant are each referred to herein as a “Party” and, collectively, as the "Parties."

 

NOW, THEREFORE, FOR AND IN CONSIDERATION of the mutual promises and agreements contained herein, the Tenant agrees to lease the Premises from the Landlord under the following terms and conditions:

 

II. LEASE TYPE. This Agreement shall be considered a: (check one)

 

- Fixed Lease. The Tenant shall be allowed to occupy the Premises starting on and end on (“Lease Term”). At the end of the Lease Term and no renewal is made, the Tenant: (check one)

- May continue to lease the Premises under the same terms of this Agreement under a month-to-month arrangement.

- Must vacate the Premises.

 

- Month-to-Month Lease. The Tenant shall be allowed to occupy the Premises on a month-to-month arrangement starting on and ending upon notice of days from either Party to the other Party (“Lease Term”).

 

III. OCCUPANT(S). The Premises is to be occupied strictly as a residential dwelling with the following individual(s) in addition to the Tenant: (check one)

 

- (“Occupant(s)”)

 

- There are no Occupant(s).

 

IV. THE PROPERTY. The Landlord agrees to lease the described property below to the Tenant: (enter the property information)

 

a.)   Mailing Address:

b.)   Residence Type: Apartment House Condo Other:

c.)   Bedroom(s): 

d.)   Bathroom(s):

 

The aforementioned property shall be leased wholly by the Tenant (“Premises”).

 

V. PURPOSE. The Tenant and Occupant(s) may only use the Premises as: (check one)

 

- A residential dwelling only.

 

- A residential dwelling and:

 

VI. FURNISHINGS. The Premises is: (check one)

 

- To be furnished with the following items:

 

- Not furnished.

 

VII. APPLIANCES. The Landlord shall: (check one)

 

- Provide the following appliances:

 

- Not provide any appliances.

 

VIII. RENT. The Tenant shall pay the Landlord, in equal monthly installments, $ ("Rent"). The Rent shall be due on the of every month (“Due Date”) and paid under the following instructions: 

 

IX. NON-SUFFICIENT FUNDS (NSF CHECKS). If the Tenant pays the Rent with a check that is not honored due to insufficient funds (NSF): (check one)

 

- There shall be a fee of $ per incident.

 

- There shall be no fee. 

 

X. LATE FEE. If Rent is not paid on the Due Date: (check one)

 

- There shall be a penalty of $ due as One (1) Time Payment Every Day Rent is Late. Rent is considered late when it has not been paid within day(s) after the Due Date.

 

- There shall be No Late Fee if Rent is late.

 

XI. FIRST (1ST) MONTH'S RENT. The Tenant is required to pay the first (1st) month's rent: (check one)

 

- Upon the execution of this Agreement.

 

- Upon the first (1st) day of the Lease Term.

 

XII. PRE-PAYMENT. The Tenant shall: (check one)

 

- Pre-Pay Rent in the amount of $ for the term starting on and ending on . The Pre-Payment of Rent shall be due upon the execution of this Agreement.

 

- Not be required to Pre-Pay Rent.

 

XIII. PRORATION PERIOD. The Tenant: (check one)

 

- Shall take possession of the Premises before the start of the Lease Term on and agrees to pay $ for the proration period. The proration rate is calculated by the monthly Rent on a daily basis which shall be paid by the Tenant upon the execution of this Agreement.

 

- Shall not be taking possession of the Premises before the Lease Term.

 

XIV. SECURITY DEPOSIT. As part of this Agreement: (check one)

 

- The Landlord requires a payment in the amount of $ (“Security Deposit”) for the faithful performance of the Tenant under the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Payment of the Security Deposit is required by the Tenant upon the execution of this Agreement. The Security Deposit shall be returned to the Tenant within  days after the end of the Lease Term less any itemized deductions. This Security Deposit shall not be credited towards any Rent unless the Landlord gives their written consent.

 

- The Landlord does not require a Security Deposit as part of this Agreement.

 

XV. MOVE-IN INSPECTION. Within ten (10) days of either receiving the Security Deposit or the start date of the Lease Term, whichever is later, the Landlord must issue a checklist that allows the Tenant to write down any and all repairs needed or defects on the Premises. After issuing, the Tenant shall have fifteen (15) days to return the checklist to the Landlord in accordance with State law.

 

XVI. PARKING. The Landlord: (check one)

 

- Shall provide parking space(s) to the Tenant for a fee of $ to be paid at the execution of this Agreement on a monthly basis in addition to the rent. The parking space(s) are described as:

 

- Shall NOT provide parking.

 

XVII. SALE OF PROPERTY. If the Premises is sold, the Tenant is to be notified of the new Owner, and if there is a new Manager, their contact details for repairs and maintenance shall be forwarded. If the Premises is conveyed to another party, the new owner: (check one)

 

- Has the right to terminate this Agreement by providing days’ notice to the Tenant.

 

- Does not have the right to terminate this Agreement.

 

XVIII. UTILITIES. The Landlord shall provide the following utilities and services to the Tenant:

 

Any other utilities or services not mentioned will be the responsibility of the Tenant.

 

XIX. EARLY TERMINATION. The Tenant: (check one)

 

- Shall have the right to terminate this Agreement at any time by providing at least days’ written notice to the Landlord along with an early termination fee of $ (US Dollars). During the notice period for termination the Tenant will remain responsible for the payment of rent.

 

- Shall not have the right to terminate this Agreement. 

 

XX. SMOKING POLICY. Smoking on the Premises is: (check one)

 

- Permitted ONLY in the following areas:

 

- Prohibited on the Premises and Common Areas.

 

XXI. PETS. The Tenant: (check one)

 

- Shall have the right to have pet(s) on the Premises consisting of that are not to weigh over pounds. The Tenant is responsible for all damage that any pet causes, regardless of ownership of said pet and agrees to restore the Premises to its original condition at their expense.

 

- Shall not have the right to have pets on the Premises or in the common areas.

 

XXII. WATERBEDS. The Tenant: (check one)

 

- Shall have the right to use a waterbed on the Premises.

 

- Shall not have the right to use a waterbed on the Premises.

 

XXIII. NOTICES. Any notice to be sent by the Landlord or the Tenant to each other shall use the following addresses:

 

Landlord's / Agent's Address:

 

Tenant's Mailing Address: (check one)

 

- The Premises.

 

- Other.

 

XXIV. AGENT/MANAGER. (check one)

 

- The Landlord does have a manager on the Premises that can be contacted for any maintenance or repair at:

 

Name:

 

Telephone:

E-Mail:

 

- The Landlord does not have a manager on the Premises although the Landlord can be contacted for any maintenance or repair at:

 

Telephone:

E-Mail:

 

XXV. POSSESSION. Tenant has examined the condition of the Premises and by taking possession acknowledges that they have accepted the Premises in good order and in its current condition except as herein otherwise stated. Failure of the Landlord to deliver possession of the Premises at the start of the Lease Term to the Tenant shall terminate this Agreement at the option of the Tenant. Furthermore, under such failure to deliver possession by the Landlord, and if the Tenant cancels this Agreement, the Security Deposit (if any) shall be returned to the Tenant along with any other pre-paid rent, fees, including if the Tenant paid a fee during the application process before the execution of this Agreement.

 

XXVI. ACCESS. Upon the beginning of the Proration Period or the start of the Lease Term, whichever is earlier, the Landlord agrees to give access to the Tenant in the form of keys, fobs, cards, or any type of keyless security entry as needed to enter the common areas and the Premises. Duplicate copies of the access provided may only be authorized under the consent of the Landlord and, if any replacements are needed, the Landlord may provide them for a fee. At the end of this Agreement all access provided to the Tenant shall be returned to the Landlord or a fee will be charged to the Tenant or the fee will be subtracted from the Security Deposit.

 

XXVII. SUBLETTING. The Tenant shall not be able to sublet the Premises without the written consent from the Landlord. The consent by the Landlord to one subtenant shall not be deemed to be consent to any subsequent subtenant.

 

XXVIII. ABANDONMENT. If the Tenant vacates or abandons the Premises for a time-period that is the minimum set by State law or seven (7) days, whichever is less, the Landlord shall have the right to terminate this Agreement immediately and remove all belongings including any personal property off of the Premises. If the Tenant vacates or abandons the Premises, the Landlord shall immediately have the right to terminate this Agreement.

 

XXIX. ASSIGNMENT. Tenant shall not assign this Lease without the prior written consent of the Landlord. The consent by the Landlord to one assignment shall not be deemed to be consent to any subsequent assignment. 

 

XXX. RIGHT OF ENTRY. The Landlord shall have the right to enter the Premises during normal working hours by providing at least twenty-four (24) hours notice in order for inspection, make necessary repairs, alterations or improvements, to supply services as agreed or for any reasonable purpose. The Landlord may exhibit the Premises to prospective purchasers, mortgagees, or lessees upon reasonable notice.

 

XXXI. MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS, OR ALTERATIONS. The Tenant shall, at their own expense and at all times, maintain premises in a clean and sanitary manner, and shall surrender the same at termination hereof, in as good condition as received, normal wear and tear excepted. The Tenant may not make any alterations to the leased premises without the consent in writing of the Landlord. The Landlord shall be responsible for repairs to the interior and exterior of the building. If the Premises includes a washer, dryer, freezer, dehumidifier unit and/or air conditioning unit, the Landlord makes no warranty as to the repair or replacement of units if one or all shall fail to operate. The Landlord will place fresh batteries in all battery-operated smoke detectors when the Tenant moves into the premises. After the initial placement of the fresh batteries it is the responsibility of the Tenant to replace batteries when needed. A monthly "cursory" inspection may be required for all fire extinguishers to make sure they are fully charged.

 

XXXII. NOISE/WASTE. The Tenant agrees not to commit waste on the premises, maintain, or permit to be maintained, a nuisance thereon, or use, or permit the premises to be used, in an unlawful manner. The Tenant further agrees to abide by any and all local, county, and State noise ordinances.

 

XXXIII. GUESTS. There shall be no other persons living on the Premises other than the Tenant and any Occupant(s). Guests of the Tenant are allowed for periods not lasting for more than 48 hours unless otherwise approved by the Landlord in writing.

 

XXXIV. COMPLIANCE WITH LAW. The Tenant agrees that during the term of the Agreement, to promptly comply with any present and future laws, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations, and requirements of the Federal, State, County, City, and Municipal government or any of their departments, bureaus, boards, commissions and officials thereof with respect to the premises, or the use or occupancy thereof, whether said compliance shall be ordered or directed to or against the Tenant, the Landlord, or both.

 

XXXV. DEFAULT

. If the Tenant fails to comply with any of the financial or material provisions of this Agreement, or of any present rules and regulations or any that may be hereafter prescribed by the Landlord, or materially fails to comply with any duties imposed on the Tenant by statute or State laws, within the time period after delivery of written notice by the Landlord specifying the non-compliance and indicating the intention of the Landlord to terminate the Agreement by reason thereof, the Landlord may terminate this Agreement. If the Tenant fails to pay rent when due and the default continues for the time-period specified in the written notice thereafter, the Landlord may, at their option, declare the entire balance (compiling all months applicable to this Agreement) of rent payable hereunder to be immediately due and payable and may exercise any and all rights and remedies available to the Landlord at law or in equity and may immediately terminate this Agreement.

 

The Tenant will be in default if: (a) Tenant does not pay rent or other amounts that are owed; (b) Tenant, their guests, or the Occupant(s) violate this Agreement, rules, or fire, safety, health, or criminal laws, regardless of whether arrest or conviction occurs; (c) Tenant abandons the Premises; (d) Tenant gives incorrect or false information in the rental application; (e) Tenant, or any Occupant(s) is arrested, convicted, or given deferred adjudication for a criminal offense involving actual or potential physical harm to a person, or involving possession, manufacture, or delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana, or drug paraphernalia under state statute; (f) any illegal drugs or paraphernalia are found in the Premises or on the person of the Tenant, guests, or Occupant(s) while on the Premises and/or; (g) as otherwise allowed by law.

 

XXXVI. MULTIPLE TENANT OR OCCUPANT(S). Each individual that is considered a Tenant is jointly and individually liable for all of this Agreement's obligations, including but not limited to rent monies. If any Tenant, guest, or Occupant(s) violates this Agreement, the Tenant is considered to have violated this Agreement. Landlord’s requests and notices to the Tenant or any of the Occupant(s) of legal age constitutes notice to the Tenant. Notices and requests from the Tenant or any one of the Occupant(s) (including repair requests and entry permissions) constitutes notice from the Tenant. In eviction suits, the Tenant is considered the agent of the Premise for the service of process.

 

XXXVII. DISPUTES. If a dispute arises during or after the term of this Agreement between the Landlord and Tenant, they shall agree to hold negotiations amongst themselves, in "good faith", before any litigation.

 

XXXVIII. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof shall, for any reason and to any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, neither the remainder of this Agreement nor the application of the provision to other persons, entities or circumstances shall be affected thereby, but instead shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law.

 

XXXIX. SURRENDER OF PREMISES. The Tenant has surrendered the Premises when (a) the move-out date has passed and no one is living in the Premise within the Landlord’s reasonable judgment; or (b) Access to the Premise have been turned in to Landlord – whichever comes first. Upon the expiration of the term hereof, the Tenant shall surrender the Premise in better or equal condition as it were at the commencement of this Agreement, reasonable use, wear and tear thereof, and damages by the elements excepted.

 

XL. RETALIATION. The Landlord is prohibited from making any type of retaliatory acts against the Tenant including but not limited to restricting access to the Premises, decreasing or cancelling services or utilities, failure to repair appliances or fixtures, or any other type of act that could be considered unjustified.

 

XLI. WAIVER. A Waiver by the Landlord for a breach of any covenant or duty by the Tenant, under this Agreement is not a waiver for a breach of any other covenant or duty by the Tenant, or of any subsequent breach of the same covenant or duty. No provision of this Agreement shall be considered waived unless such a waiver shall be expressed in writing as a formal amendment to this Agreement and executed by the Tenant and Landlord.

 

XLII. EQUAL HOUSING. If the Tenant possesses any mental or physical impairment, the Landlord shall provide reasonable modifications to the Premises unless the modifications would be too difficult or expensive for the Landlord to provide. Any impairment(s) of the Tenant are encouraged to be provided and presented to the Landlord in writing in order to seek the most appropriate route for providing the modifications to the Premises.

 

XLIII. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. The Tenant agrees to not possess any type of personal property that could be considered a fire hazard such as a substance having flammable or explosive characteristics on the Premises. Items that are prohibited to be brought into the Premises, other than for everyday cooking or the need of an appliance, includes but is not limited to gas (compressed), gasoline, fuel, propane, kerosene, motor oil, fireworks, or any other related content in the form of a liquid, solid, or gas.

 

XLIV. INDEMNIFICATION. The Landlord shall not be liable for any damage or injury to the Tenant, or any other person, or to any property, occurring on the Premises, or any part thereof, or in common areas thereof, and the Tenant agrees to hold the Landlord harmless from any claims or damages unless caused solely by the Landlord's negligence. It is recommended that renter's insurance be purchased at the Tenant's expense.

 

XLV. COVENANTS. The covenants and conditions herein contained shall apply to and bind the heirs, legal representatives, and assigns of the parties hereto, and all covenants are to be construed as conditions of this Agreement.

 

XLVI. PREMISES DEEMED UNINHABITABLE. If the Premises is deemed uninhabitable due to damage beyond reasonable repair the Tenant will be able to terminate this Agreement by written notice to the Landlord. If said damage was due to the negligence of the Tenant, the Tenant shall be liable to the Landlord for all repairs and for the loss of income due to restoring the Premises back to a livable condition in addition to any other losses that can be proved by the Landlord.

 

XLVII. FIRE INSURANCE. In accordance with State law, the Landlord must disclose the terms and conditions of the fire insurance on the Premises within fifteen (15) days of the start of the Lease Term.

 

XLVIII. LEAD PAINT. (check one)

 

- The Premises was built prior to 1978 and there is an attachment titled the ‘Lead-Based Paint Disclosure’ that must be initialed and signed by the Landlord and Tenant.

 

- The Premises was not built prior to 1978.

 

XLIX. GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement is to be governed under the laws located in the State of Massachusetts.

 

L. ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

LI. ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement contains all the terms agreed to by the parties relating to its subject matter including any attachments or addendums. This Agreement replaces all previous discussions, understandings, and oral agreements. The Landlord and Tenant agree to the terms and conditions and shall be bound until the end of the Lease Term.

 

 

Landlord's Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

 

Print Name: __________________

 

Tenant’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

 

Print Name: __________________

 

Tenant’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

 

Print Name: __________________

 

Agent’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

 

Print Name: __________________

 

AMOUNT ($) DUE AT SIGNING

 

 

Security Deposit: $

 

First (1st) Month's Rent: $

 

Parking Fee: $

 

Pre-Payment of Rent: $

 

Proration Amount: $

 

 

Total Amount: $

 

 

 

 

Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards

  1. Lead Warning Statement

Housing build before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not managed properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Before renting pre-1978 housing, landlords must disclose the presence of known lead-based paint and /or lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Tenants must also receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention.

  1. Lessor’s Disclosure

(a)  Presence of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards (check one below):

- Known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards are present in the housing (explain):

- Landlord has no knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.

(b)  Records and reports available to the landlord (check one below)

- Landlord has provided the tenant with all available records and reports pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing (list documents below).

- Landlord has no reports or records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.

  1. Tenant’s Acknowledgement

- Tenant has received copies of all information listed above.

- Tenant has received the pamphlet “Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home”.

  1. Broker’s Acknowledgement

- Broker has informed the tenant of the tenant’s obligations under 42 USC 4852(d) and is aware of his/her responsibility to ensure compliance.

  1. Certification of Accuracy

The following parties have reviewed the information above and certify, to the best of their knowledge, that the information they have provided is true and accurate.

 

Landlord's Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

 

Print Name: __________________

 

Tenant’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

 

Print Name: __________________

 

Tenant’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

 

Print Name: __________________

 

Agent’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

 

Print Name: __________________

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