Many Owners, Many Problem: What to Do?

So what happens if two or more people own property and can’t agree on how to manage it, or what should be done with it? Under Massachusetts law, the remedy for that problem is known as a petition for partition….

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What are My Rights in Massachusetts if My Contractor Abandoned Our Renovation Project?

Posted by Alan Fanger Your rights as a homeowner against a contractor depend on whether the contractor was registered with the state as a Home Improvement Contractor (go to to determine whether the contractor is registered). If the contractor…

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How does an individual condo owner file a claim with the master insurance?

Additional Information: We bought a condo in a building with 4 units in Needham. Three units have been sold and occupied for at least a year, including ours. The last unit just passed papers recently.  The original owner of the…

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Our closing attorney didn’t payoff the FHA loan as required by Payoff Statement.

Additional Information: The closing attorney for the sale of my home in Wellesley was aware of the necessity to payoff my FHA loan at a certain time to avoid additional fees. The payoff was rejected by my lender because is…

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My condo was damaged due to a fire in neighbor’s unit.

Additional Information: I live in a Condo in Newton and my unit has been damaged by water due to fire in our neighbor’s unit. I received an estimate from the Association’s Insurance company and am not satisfied with the estimate…

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In MA can I sue my home inspector or realtor?

Additional Information: I just closed on a home in the Greater Boston area.  The inspector stated and reported that the fuel source is natural gas.  My buyer’s Realtor stated the heating unit was natural gas.  I recently learned from the…

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Our new home in Weston has termites!

Additional Information: Who is responsible? My wife and I bought a home in Weston and discovered termites shortly after we moved in.  Are the sellers responsible or is the home inspection company responsible?  They had to know there were termites…

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Can our Dover HOA shut off water to a member for non-payment?

Additional Information: Can a home owners association shut the water off to one of it’s members for non-payment of its dues for a shared well?  One member in our Dover condo building owes back fees of over a thousand dollars…

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How much notice do I need to give a tenant that a lease will not be renewed and can I show the home while the lease is active?

Additional Information: I presently rent my Newton home to an individual on a one year lease. I am dissatisfied with this tenant and will not be renewing his lease. How much notice do I need to give him that I…

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Landlord in Lowell caught breaking law. Can we terminate lease?

Additional Information: My wife and I rent an apartment in Lowell, Massachusetts. We noticed some things missing from our apartment so we set up a surveillance camera and caught our landlord entering our apartment without permission while we were away….

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