Landlords Have Rights Too

by Scott F. Bocchio on Aug. 06, 2020

Real Estate Landlord-Tenant 

Summary: The good news is landlords have rights too, and if you need to pursue the tenant, you can.

Landlords Have Rights Too


It simply goes without saying that renting to residential tenants in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can be a bit difficult. Whether it is plotting a course through the complex landlord-tenant laws, like the Fair Housing Act or simply managing your landlord obligations, there are a plethora of things you need to be mindful of when renting your house, condo, or apartment. In essence, when you are a landlord, you are often informed what you cannot do rather than what you can do. That endless list of restrictions can certainly weigh you down and make it challenging to know the rights that you have to help you properly manage your property. 


The good news is landlords have rights too, and if you need to pursue the tenant, you can. So what rights do landlords have? As a landlord, you actually have many rights that allow you to manage your rental property effectively and efficiently. For example, you have the right to collect rent for your tenants, which is the reason you are leasing the property in the first place. In order to start receiving rent payments, you will need to decide when the tenant will pay rent and how. The vast majority of landlords arrange rent payments for the first of every month. 


However, you can choose any due date (for instance, the fifteenth of the month) so long as it is the same every period, be that weekly, bimonthly, or monthly. The bottom line is you need to establish a due date for the rent and stick to it. Your responsibilities as a landlord provide you with the ability to 

enter into a tenant’s premises at reasonable times and under reasonable notice. You can enter in order to make necessary repairs, inspection of the unit, and to show the apartment to prospective tenants, purchasers, lenders or their agents. 


You are also allowed to enter based on the need treat the unit for inspects or pests, if the premises appear to be abandoned, or pursuant to a court order. Unless it is an emergency, landlords should give a minimum 24-hour notice to their tenants before entry. You also have the right to evict a tenant under certain circumstances. For example, there are times when a tenant may not do what is expected of them as per the Lease Agreement, such as not paying rent or regularly making late payments. Under those circumstances, you will need to take action. 


Evicting a tenant requires a valid reason.  For example, a substantial breach of the lease agreement. You must also provide the tenant with proper notice. 


If you feel that you are being treated unfairly by your tenant, please contact us immediately. Legal Rights Advocates, PLLC is a consumer advocate law firm that focuses on consumer rights protection services across the Unites States. We have well over twenty-five (25) years of combined experience helping consumers that are experiencing Debt Collector Harassment, Social Security Disability issues, and a whole lot more. LRA is truly your consumer rights advocate. We take great pride in the fact that our job is to protect you from deceptive and or abusive debt collection practices. 


Our goal is to assist you each and every step of the way regarding your rights for consumer protection. Please call us today for more information at 855-254-7841 or click here to visit our website. We look forward to working with you.

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