Massachusetts State Laws Affecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations

Find out Massachusetts rules on state laws that protect tenants who are victims of domestic violence.

Massachusetts extends special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Here are some of the domestic violence (DV) laws that apply to tenants:

  • Lease cannot include a waiver of some or all DV rights
  • Landlord entitled to proof of DV status
  • Landlord cannot refuse to rent to victim of DV
  • Early termination right for DV victim
  • DV victim has the right to have the locks changed

Check the Massachusetts statute (186 Mass. Gen. Laws § §â

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