Renting an apartment or house for the first time can be an exhilarating and liberating experience. Accompanying that, however, are the potential pitfalls of being a first-time (or even a long time) renter. SLSO offers support in all types of housing matters, from reviewing your lease to helping you get your security deposit back. We offer services ranging from providing basic legal information, to assisting in letter writing, to full representation.
Some of the services we provide include:
- reviewing your lease before you sign it;
- discussing your rights and responsibilities as a tenant;
- giving you information about your landlord’s responsibilities;
- helping you get repairs needed on your rental;
- helping you get your security deposit returned if it has been wrongly withheld;
- assisting you if you receive an eviction notice;
- assisting you if you are having housemate issues;
- assisting you if you have been discriminated against; and
- advising you on any other issues that may arise relating to your tenancy.
Whether you are a first or long time renter, we encourage you to make an appointment with our office, or come to one of our Community Legal Education programs, Renting 101 and 102, to learn about your rights as a tenant.
We’ve compiled a list of the questions we get asked the most often. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, please submit an intake form to request services from SLSO.
- Housing Court Landlord-Tenant FAQ
- Housing Court FAQ
- Small Claims in Housing Court FAQ
- Evictions FAQ
- Housing Court Criminal/Code Enforcement Proceeding FAQ
- Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
- Massachusetts Law about Landlord and Tenant
- Massachusetts Law about Tenants’ Security Deposits
- Massachusetts Law about Submetering Water for Tenants
- Massachusetts Law about Paying for Utilities
- Massachusetts Law about Winter Heating