Tenant Rights During Foreclosure. Workshop for Tenants Marc Potvin & Myrta Cupeles February 17, 2009 Neighborhood Legal Services 170 Common St., Lawrence MA (978) 686-6900. What is the foreclosure problem?. Foreclosures are exploding
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Workshop for Tenants
Marc Potvin & Myrta Cupeles February 17, 2009
Neighborhood Legal Services
170 Common St., Lawrence MA
Landlord can go to court only after the notice period is over
Mass. law requires old landlord to transfer deposit to new owner at time of sale (rarely done in foreclosures)
Tenants can recover deposits from:
Old landlord (can be a problem because insolvent or gone),
New owner, unless new owner is the foreclosing entity and a bank charted by Mass. or the U.S.
Best to bring as counterclaim against new owner because it can serve as an eviction defense
On anniversary date a landlord is required to pay the interest to the tenant or inform the tenant to deduct the amount from the next rent payment
If you already moved, send a 30-day demand letter and follow with Small Claims lawsuit
Under G.L. ch. 93A, tenants can win triple damages in a small claims actionUnderstanding Security Deposits