Massachusetts Academy of Real Estate

150 Wood Road Suite 104

Braintree, MA 02184



© 2020 Massachusetts Academy of Real Estate. All Rights Reserved.

  • YouTube Black Round
  • b-facebook
  • Twitter Round

August 12, 2016

Please reload

Recent Posts

Pet Deposits are Illegal in Massachusetts

November 2, 2014

Please reload

Featured Posts

Pet Deposits are Illegal in Massachusetts

November 2, 2014

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 such as cleaning fees, holding fees, application fees etc..


The purpose behind the security deposit is for damages incurred by a tenant.


If a tenant had a pet and Fido or Fluffy damaged a floor, wall etc. then the property 


owner would need to supply evidence indicating the damage and the cost to repair 


and deduct it from the security deposit when the tenant departs the premise.


Charles P. Burke is the owner of the Massachusetts Academy of Real Estate which is 


the premier school in Massachusetts to obtain a Massachusetts Real Estate License.


It is important to attend a school that will teach prospective agents the proper laws 


in order to successfully practice real estate in Massachusetts.


If you are looking to obtain a Massachusetts real estate license contact 


the Massachusetts Academy of Real Estate at 781-848-1404 or view us at

Please reload

Follow Us
Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square