Pet Deposits are Illegal in Massachusetts

Pet Deposits are Illegal in Massachusetts By Charles P. Burke Many apartment owners charge a pet deposit to their tenants. This charge is illegal in Massachusetts and a property owner is subject to a 93A violation or treble/ triple damages for violating the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. The maximum money a residential property owner can charge upfront to a residential tenant is first months rent, last months rent, up to one for a security deposit and the cost of a new lock and key. Any additional upfront fees in addition to these charges are illegal. The courts have ruled on this several times. A property owner cannot collect additional fees and disguise by calling them other names

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