Massachusetts Residential Lease Security Deposit Damages in a Nutshell

The Leonard Law Office, LLP accepts Massachusetts security deposit cases.  If you have a question about a security deposit issue, you are welcome to contact us.

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If the Landlord Fails:

  • to deposit the security deposit in an escrow account; or
  • to return the security deposit (or balance after lawful deductions) with accrued interest within 30 days after termination of tenancy; or
  • to pay interest on last month’s rent within 30 days termination of tenancy; or
  • to transfer the security deposit or last month’s rent to the new landlord if the building is sold,

Then you are entitled to TRIPLE damages, plus court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

If the Landlord:

  • uses a lease containing provisions that conflict with the security deposit law and attempts to enforce these provisions or attempts to get you to sign a waiver of rights; or
  • fails to provide you with an itemized list of damages within 30 days after termination of tenancy if deductions are made for damages; or
  • fails to make the security deposit records available for inspection during office hours; or
  • fails to provide, within 30 days of receipt of the deposit, another receipt with name and location of bank and amount and account # of deposit,

Then you are entitled to the IMMEDIATE RETURN of your security deposit. The landlord cannot keep your security deposit for any reason, including making deductions for damage.

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