The Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) contains regulations promulgated by state agencies pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act (M.G.L. c. 30A). Rules and regulations form part of the body of administrative law along with administrative orders and decisions.
CMR's set forth standards for public health and safety, licensing of professionals, consumer and environmental protection, among others. Regulations have the force and effect of law like statutes. They are created and enforced by executive branch agencies, which are given the rulemaking authority by the legislature.
MRHA links you to the Trial Court Law Libraries who does not put regulations on the web; they simply link to the regulations that have been put up by individual agencies. Therefore, we cannot attest to their timeliness. In some cases, the agency will date each page, which will let you know when it was last updated. To be sure, we recommend you contact their reference librarians at 1-800-445-8989 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They'll be happy to check the print version of the CMR to verify that what you found on the web is as up to date as the print version.
Here you will find links to regulations MRHA believes you need access to as a landlord in Massachusetts. Some of the CMR's you will be more familiar with are the state sanitary code, building code, electrical code, and the plumbing code, to name just a few. Click on one of the highlighted, underlined links below to view the code for yourself.
Here is a general guide outlining basic tenant rights and responsibilities, as well as landlord rights and responsibilities.
Every landlord in Massachusetts should be aware of the following laws and regulations: