Renters' Rights Without Lease? -- Laws in Massachusetts

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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:34 PM   #1
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I recently moved into the home my boyfriend owns. I pay him the average going rate for room rental for this area plus half the food bills. One room is designated specifically for my use. Despite my longstanding suggestion, he refuses to sign a cohabitation agreement. Does he have legal authority to ask me to leave at any time, or are there laws in Massachusetts which would protect me (such as requiring a certain period of time for me to make new living arrangements)? My gratitude in advance for your response.
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Once you are moved in and living there, he normally needs to evict you. The police will even let you back in if he tries to lock you out.
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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 03:59 PM   #3
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my landlord will not fix anything in my house!!!
the back porch is falling off.
the roof in the bathroom has a big hole in it.
there are live wires in my back room...
we have told here to fix it and we dont have a lese.
she says she will but now a year later and most of the stuff fixed
only b/c i did it..she wants to move me and my son out to rent it for more...
what should i do?
i know she can give me 30 days and move me out if i dont pay.
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Once you have established residency in your BF's place, he can give you a 30 day notice to leave if you have no written agreement. He does not need a reason to do this if you have no written agreement. He can just terminate your tenancy. If you do not leave within those 30 days, he may take you to court and evict you for failing to leave after being given proper notice.
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I recently moved into the home my boyfriend owns. I pay him the average going rate for room rental for this area plus half the food bills. One room is designated specifically for my use. Despite my longstanding suggestion, he refuses to sign a cohabitation agreement. Does he have legal authority to ask me to leave at any time, or are there laws in Massachusetts which would protect me (such as requiring a certain period of time for me to make new living arrangements)? My gratitude in advance for your response.
Well i am not sure how it works out in Massachusetts but in IL even without a lease you have 30days to exit the location and to have your stuff out. If you are forced to leave prior to the thirty days you have every right to bring police escort to retrive your stuff. But leagally you have 30 days to leave and anything prior to that you can sue him.
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Once you have established residency in your BF's place, he can give you a 30 day notice to leave if you have no written agreement. He does not need a reason to do this if you have no written agreement. He can just terminate your tenancy. If you do not leave within those 30 days, he may take you to court and evict you for failing to leave after being given proper notice.

That is true, my friend just moved into a property with no lease signed, now the land lord wants to evict her in 3 days.. I new that they had no right to kick her out on the street without notice.. So today i'm going to have a chat with the land lord and ex-plane to them that they have to give her a written paper saying they want to evict her in 30 day.. is that right?? just to double check..
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That is true, my friend just moved into a property with no lease signed, now the land lord wants to evict her in 3 days.. I new that they had no right to kick her out on the street without notice.. So today i'm going to have a chat with the land lord and ex-plane to them that they have to give her a written paper saying they want to evict her in 30 day.. is that right?? just to double check..
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You will get nowhere "having a chat" with the landlord. This is none of your business and the landlord has no obligation to speak to you about matters that are none of your concern. This is your friend's issue to deal with. Only she can speak to the landlord about this.

No. It's not correct anyway. The landlord can serve a pay or quit notice that requires either payment or eviction in so many days. If that does not rectify the problem, the landlord then goes to court and is awarded an eviction notice, which he serves on the tenant, giving the tenant 30 days to move out.

Incidentally, it's "explain" not "ex-plane". Just an FYI.
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and incidently its "I knew" not "I new" FYI
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You sir must be a slumlord yourself with tone of your reply. Your answer could have been a simple "yes, you have 30 day." Wag more and bark less. Oh, and if I misspelled a word or made a grammatical error; kep it too ur-self yoo ehhhole. Knobuddy licks a noitall!
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You sir must be a slumlord yourself with tone of your reply. Your answer could have been a simple "yes, you have 30 day." Wag more and bark less. Oh, and if I misspelled a word or made a grammatical error; kep it too ur-self yoo ehhhole. Knobuddy licks a noitall!
It's sad a person has to revive such an old thread just to make such jejune comments. I guess it's true what they say about the internet being a playground for lonely, disturbed people.
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