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  •  MA law is skewed to the tenant in all cases (5+ / 0-)

    It doesn't even have to be in the lease. It's like I can't charge them for water, no matter how much the city increases the rates.

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    by DeathDlr73 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:51:57 AM PST

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    •  well, that's a change from most other places. (3+ / 0-)
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      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:42:38 AM PST

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    •  if the law is the reality isn't (0+ / 0-)

      because in the landlord tenant relationship the landlord has most of the power just by the nature of the relationship.

      Probably hard to feel that if you are a landlord and a responsible person. Landlords can screw tenants in all sort of subtle ways that you'd probably not think of and we can't do anything about it unless we move.

      Oftentimes people who rent can't afford to move easily. And if they piss off their landlord he can just not fix things and make your life miserable.

      For example, their is a law in MA that says a landlord had to supply heat or heating equipment and keep it in working order. However, there is nothign that says the heat has to be affordable or any restriction on that (that I can find).

      I pay for my own oil heat. My burner is an 80 yr old converted coal burner with very low efficiency. I could not know that when I moved in and signed the lease. Theoretically it "works" but each year I used more and more oil. They landlord would not pay for it to be serviced by the oil company. He did the first year and they rated the efficiency as "poor" (months after I moved in).

      It got to the point that I was paying more to heat my 1BR appt with oil than my friend was paying to heat her entire 4BR house. The price for heat/hot water was the same as my rent. I finally realized I could not afford to heat my appt using the burner. Landlord says he "talked to the oil company rep and they said the burner was "ok" and that LL wasn't being unreasonable". who are a very big customer of that oil company (numerous other holdings where he pays for the heat). Sure they'd tell you the truth. THe chief technical person at the same oil co told me off the record (he emphasized) that my oil burner was a joke.

      I can't afford to move because I got injured at work. ANd I dont' have the physical ability to move. So basically the LL can do whatever he wants and defacto I don't have heat. I use space heaters during the day. See the LAW that you say FAVORS TENANTS doesn't make him have any standard to the heating equipment he supplies and is supposed to maintain. Why does he care? It costs him money he doesn't care to spend. HE doesn't pay for the oil so has no skin in the game.

      I am just saying that because you may be a reasonable person you can't fathom the ways in which the landlord/tenant relationship can be abused by the landlord without having these protections. I have many friends that rent but also know a large number of people who are landlords (becasue of a community board I was on). The complaints about landlords are more rampant and more life altering and feel more threatening to people's core well being rather than financial inconvenience.

      •  and if MA rental law favors tenants compared to (0+ / 0-)

        the laws in other states, it still doesn't prove or show that our law here favors tenants too much...doesn't overbalance the power.

        It might mean that other states are more responsive to landlord's desires than to tenants. Since landlords tend to be financially in a better place than tenants and oftentimes have more political power it wouldn't be surprising if that were the case.

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