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Massachusetts State Laws Affecting Landlords

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 legal_reference@hotmail.com. 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.
http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer-rights-and-resources/housing/tenant-and-landlord/ 

Every landlord in Massachusetts should be aware of the following laws and regulations: 

Wheelchair Database: http://www.massaccesshousingregistry.org

State Building Code: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dps/

State Electrical Code:   http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/el/

State Plumbing Code: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/pl/

State Fire Marshal: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/

Asbestos: http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/asbestos-program/statutes-and-regs/453-cmr-6-00/

Massachusetts General Laws

M.G.L. Chapter 111: Section 127L - Repairs by tenants of residential premises to cure violations
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 3  Tenancy at sufferance; liability for rent
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 5  Action to recover rent; evidence
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 11  Determination of lease for nonpayment of rent
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 11A  Termination of lease for nonpayment of rent
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 12  Notice to determine estate at will
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 13  Recovery of possession after termination of tenancy at will
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 14  Wrongful acts of landlord; premises used for dwelling or residential purposes; utilities, services, quiet enjoyment; penalties; remedies; waiver
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 15  Non-liability of landlord; provisions in lease or rental agreement
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 15A  Waiver of notices; lease or rental agreement provisions; validity
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 15B  Entrance of premises prior to termination of lease; payments; receipts; interest; records; security deposits, late fees
M.G.L. Chapter 186: Section 15C  Residential real estate, lease payments based on real estate tax increases
M.G.L. Chapter 239: Section 8A  Rent withholding; grounds; amount claimed; presumptions and burden of proof; procedures

The Massachusetts Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control . 

The Massachusetts State Building Code . 

The Massachusetts Electrical Code . 

The Massachusetts Uniform State Plumbing Code . 

The Fire Warning Systems Installed in Buildings within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts . 

The Removal, Containment or Encapsulation of Asbestos . 

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination . 

Debt Collection Regulations 


The Massachusetts Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control . 

The Massachusetts State Building Code . 

The Massachusetts Electrical Code . 

The Massachusetts Uniform State Plumbing Code . 

The Fire Warning Systems Installed in Buildings within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts . 

The Removal, Containment or Encapsulation of Asbestos . 

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination . 

Debt Collection Regulations