Massachusetts Rental Lease Agreement Templates | PDF | Word

The Massachusetts rental agreements establish a legal arrangement between a lessor and lessee of commercial or residential property for the occupancy of space in return for monthly payment. Download the lease that best fits the situation for both parties, negotiate the terms, verify the potential tenant's credit/background, and sign the contract to complete the process.


The Massachusetts notice to quit is a form handed to a tenant upon not paying rent for a given month. The landlord is qualified to hand this form out the first (1st) day rent is late, although a late fee may not be imposed until it is at least thirty (30) days’ late. The tenant, upon receiving the letter, will have ten (10) days to pay back the landlord or face vacating at the end of the fourteen (14) days….

The Massachusetts commercial lease agreement is for landlords of retail, office, or industrial property that binds a tenant and landlord together of a term of usually one (1) to five (5) years. The landlord will typically “fit-up” the space to the tenant’s specifications and therefore a long-term arrangement with a rental check (through the application) is advised. There are three main ways to structure this type of agreement; Gross – Tenant makes one (1) monthly payment and the landlord covers…

The Massachusetts month to month lease, “tenancy at will”, is a form that sets a standard rental contract between a landlord and tenant except there is no end date. Therefore, the agreement continues until either party gives notice of at least thirty (30) days before the next payment date (Chapter 186 Section 12). If the tenant breaks their lease, the landlord must follow the same eviction process as a standard rental contract. It is advised that all tenants be accepted…

The Massachusetts standard one (1) year agreement is written for most leasing arrangements for residential property between a landlord and tenant. Before a lease goes into effect, the landlord or their agent should screen the potential lessee with the rental application. Upon approval, a Security Deposit is usually charged, a maximum of one (1) month’s rent (186-15B), and the agreement is signed making it legally binding to each party. Residential Lease Laws – Chapter 186 Guide – Tenant Rights and Responsibilities…

The Massachusetts rental application may be used to check and verify the credentials of a commercial and residential tenant before signing a binding contract. There may be a non-refundable fee associated with the lookup depending upon the property manager/owner. After the review has been made the landlord will have to decide on how much to charge, if any, for the Security Deposit. According to State law (Chapter 186, Section 15B), the landlord may only accept up to one (1) month’s…

The Massachusetts sublease, or roommate agreement, allows for a person to either: Sublease – Takeover a tenant’s lease by moving in until the end of the master lease term. Adobe PDF | Microsoft Word Roommate – To share a bedroom in an apartment/home. Adobe PDF | Microsoft Word Off-Campus Sublease –  For students seeking to rent their housing unit while they are away (Winter/Summer Break). Adobe PDF The sublessor should understand that they will be responsible for any sub-tenant that does not follow…

Laws – Both parties must always follow all Massachusetts landlord-tenant rules (Chapter 186) during the course of the rental agreement.

REQUIRED LANDLORD DISCLOSURES

Insurance – If the tenant requests to view the property’s insurance policy for fire and other hazards, the landlord must present it to the tenant within fifteen (15) days. Ch. 186 Sec. 21

Lead-Based Paint – Only required for housing built before 1978.

Move-in Checklist (PDF/Word) – Only required if the landlord accepts a Security Deposit. Ch. 186 Sec. 15B

Security Deposit Receipt – Only required if a Security Deposit was accepted, this form is to be given to the tenant at the end of the term of the lease when returning their funds (along with any deductions). Ch. 186 Sec. 15B

LANDLORD-TENANT LAWS

Security Deposit – Ch. 186 Sec. 15B

Maximum – One (1) Month.

Returning – Thirty (30) Days.

Access by the Landlord/Property Manager

No notice is required by the landlord before entering the tenant’s premises.