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Commercial Law Landlord Tenant

Commercial landlord and tenant laws deal with a wide range of issues that could come up within a landlord-tenant relationship. Legal disputes involving commercial landlord and tenant law typically entail commercial leases. However, even within the more specific category of commercial leases, several problems may call for the assistance of a knowledgeable Massachusetts commercial law landlord and tenant law attorney from Foti Law.

Massachusetts's Landlord and Tenant Laws Tenancy Agreements

Whether the tenancy is based on a lease or is an at-will tenancy determines your rights and obligations as either a landlord or a tenant. When a tenant signs a lease with a landlord, they commit to the tenancy's duration, which is typically one year. The monthly rent is required to remain the same during that period, and the landlord is not permitted to terminate the tenancy (evict the tenant) unless the renter is in breach of the terms of the lease. The tenant is obligated to pay rent for the duration of the lease and may only stop the tenancy before the expiration of the lease period with the landlord's consent.

For both tenants and landlords looking for permanence in a tenancy, a lease is a viable alternative. All of the regulations that will govern the tenancy should be included in the written agreement between the tenant and the landlord.


A tenancy-at-will is a contract that lasts as long as the parties involved choose to conduct business with one another. The monthly rent payment and the essential terms should be listed on this contract.

In contrast to a lease, which has a predetermined length of time and an expiration date, a tenancy-at-will has no such limitations. In a tenancy-at-will, the tenant maintains the property at their discretion and pays the agreed-upon rent every month. Depending on which is longer, either the landlord or the tenant may opt to discontinue the lease by providing the other party notice 30 days or one month before the next rent payment is due. In this kind of arrangement, the rent may be modified during the same 30-day period or one month before the end of the tenancy.

Tenant and Landlord Responsibilities

Regardless of whether there is a contract or a tenancy-at-will, the tenant is still responsible for paying the rent, abiding by the conditions set out by the landlord, and accepting liability for any damage to the unit that goes beyond "normal wear and tears." The Massachusetts Sanitary Code must be adhered to by the landlord's unit, and any commitments made in the lease or rental agreement must be kept.

Irrespective of the kind of tenancy, the tenant has the right to live in the unit, and the landlord is only permitted to enter under specific circumstances. To perform repairs, check the property condition, or show the unit to potential renters, purchasers, or real estate agents, the landlord must establish an advance appointment with the tenant. However, if there is a mechanical or maintenance issue that might endanger the entire building or if it appears that the renter has abandoned the unit, the landlord may enter the flat without the tenant's consent.

Resolving Conflicts Between Landlords and Tenants

In addition to our in-depth knowledge of commercial leasing, our litigation team is equipped to help our customers in the case of a landlord-tenant disagreement. Due to our experience, we can quickly assess the situation and decide the best course of action when a problem emerges. To return possession of the property to the landlord as soon as possible and possibly allow the landlord to re-let the premises to a new tenant, we may negotiate a lease termination or move forward with the filing of an action for illegal detainer, depending on the likelihood of recovery and the amount of time required.

Although there are a variety of scenarios that might arise in the realm of landlord-tenant interactions, we continue to take a strong stance when defending the interests of our clients and are dedicated to looking into all possible sources of relief for them.

Cases We Handle

We represent clients that are either commercial tenants or landlords in a planned and efficient way. Among the cases we work on are:

  • Claims for contract breaches
  • proceedings for a holdover and nonpayment
  • Commercial evictions through expedited legal processes
  • suspected hazardous storage
  • Commercial evictions for unpaid rent, disputes over unpaid rent, and overcharged rent
  • enforcement of leases
  • Tenant rights
  • renting property to competitors
  • leasing disagreements, including disagreements over commercial leases and lease violations

Our lawyers at Foti Law provide a broad variety of transactional and litigation services in the field of landlord-tenant law, notably defending both parties in commercial lease agreements and disputes and representing owners of multifamily residential buildings. In addition, but not only, but we also provide the following services:

  • Commercial lease agreements: It is too late to bargain for better conditions after an issue has already arisen. Generally speaking, a commercial leasing agreement must be properly drafted to deliver exactly what you need. We have negotiated thousands of square feet of commercial space leases and ground leases for lessors and lessees.
  • Other disputes: Commercial landlords and renters must exercise caution to safeguard themselves against the potentially devastating effects of evictions, holdovers, and other significant issues. Don't be afraid to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible since there are things you may take to improve your case before it goes to court.
  • Representation: Residential tenant rights in Massachusetts make it simple to break the law without realizing it, according to residential landlord representation. Our company can provide you with rights and duties advice so you may steer clear of potentially expensive errors. We often defend landlords in eviction cases and other legal actions.

It is to our benefit that we have expertise representing both business landlords and tenants. We can predict how each party will present their case by carefully examining the facts and applying the law, and we can build our legal strategy around these well-informed presumptions. In our discussions and, if necessary, trial preparations, this procedure allows us to be more strategic and innovative.

Contact Our Commercial Landlord Tenant Attorney

With knowledgeable legal assistance, you may successfully defend your rights as a tenant or a landlord. To learn more, get in touch with Foti Law right away.

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