Massachusetts Required Landlord Disclosures

Learn about the disclosures that landlords in Massachusetts must provide tenants, usually in the lease or rental agreement.

Massachusetts requires landlords to make the following disclosures to tenants.

Move-in checklist. Landlord must provide tenant with move-in checklist if landlord collects a security deposit. (186 Mass. Gen. Laws § 15B(2)(c))

Insurance.  Upon tenant’s request and within 15 days, landlord must furnish the name of the company insuring the property against loss or damage by fire and the amount of insurance provided by each such company and the name of any person who would receive payment for a loss covered by such insurance. (186 Mass. Gen. Laws § 21)

Security deposit. At the time of receiving a security deposit, landlord must furnish a receipt indicating the amount of the deposit; the name of the person receiving it, and, if received by a property manager, the name of the lessor for whom the security deposit is received; the date on which it is received; and a description of the premises leased or rented. The receipt must be signed by the person receiving the security deposit.  Within 30 days of receiving security deposit, landlord must disclose the name and location of the bank in which the security deposit has been deposited, and the amount and account number of the deposit. (Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 186, § 15B)

Check the Massachusetts statute (186 Mass. Gen. Laws §§ 15B(2)(c), 21 Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 186, § 15B) for details on these disclosures. See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.

Also, check your local ordinance for any city or county disclosure requirements. To find yours, check your city or county website (many are listed on State and Local Government on the Net), or contact the office of your mayor, city manager, or county administrator.

Finally, see the Required Landlord Disclosures article for details on federally-required landlord disclosures and other information on disclosures about the rental property.

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