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Re: Landlord question (neighbor drama).
said by IowaCowboy:Eviction in MA is a very long and often somewhat expensive process... this state has the mindset that the tenant always has the benefit of the doubt and most, if not all, housing laws are geared to protect/favor them from an eviction point of view.
I cannot wait for them to get evicted.
Our family business has a few rental properties in MA. Many many stories, but in particular we had one tenant recently who could not get his stuff together. He was late every month, we'd cut him slack and he spent about 6 months being 1-2 months behind in rent.
Long story short is we finally came to the conclusion this needed to end.
We were in a month to month situation with him (which is default in MA) and he was at least 2 months behind when we began... it was a full 145 days from the point that the eviction process was started until the day the sheriff we had to hire and moving/storage people we had to hire showed up to empty the apartment. We were too soft on him, it cost us time and court fees each time... if you're cut throat you can make it happen in maybe 60 days...
Your LL will be very happy with you as long as you pay your rent on time and call them only when there is a problem with the property itself--believe me, we're happy to get calls when a water heater is dripping vs. "there's knee deep water in the basement now... yeah I noticed a drip, but I didn't want to bother you!"