September 16, 2014

When should you retain a real estate attorney to help with the sale or purchase of a new home?

Hire your attorney before you sign an Offer to Purchase.  In Massachusetts a signed Offer to Purchase is a binding contract.  Most people wait until after they have signed the Offer to Purchase – why hire an attorney if I don’t have a deal?  However, once you have signed the Offer to Purchase, those terms are binding.  Consult with your attorney before you sign and submit an offer to make sure you’ve covered all your areas of concern.

If you have questions about Massachusetts real estate laws or concerns about the home selling process, and would like to consult an experienced Massachusetts real estate attorney, contact Attorney Ted Cannon to schedule a consultation.

When should you complete your Title 5 inspection in Massachusetts?

Complete your Title 5 inspection as soon as you decide you want to sell your home, but before you list your home for sale.  The outcome of the inspection may dramatically effect how you market your home.  For example, if your system fails inspection, you may be looking at several months before you can have the system upgraded and the cost can easily be $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 or more.  If you have this information before you list your home, you can try to recoup some of that expense in the sale price, or decide to be less generous with some repair requests that a buyer may have after the home inspection.

If you have questions about Massachusetts real estate laws or concerns about the home selling process, and would like to consult an experienced Massachusetts real estate attorney, contact Attorney Ted Cannon to schedule a consultation.

What is Massachusetts law regarding the landlord’s responsibility with Security Deposits and Last Month’s Rent?

Massachusetts law is very clear regarding the landlord’s responsibility of handling both the tenant’s Security Deposit and Last Months Rent. Landlords’ obligations when holding both of these types of deposits are highly regulated and there are potentially serious penalties for mishandling either type of deposit. Massachusetts landlords should remember that Security Deposits must be kept in a separate interest bearing account, while there is no obligation to do so for Last Month’s Rent. Landlords are obligated to pay interest on both types of deposits on a yearly basis.

If you have questions regarding the proper management of Security Deposits and/or Last Month’s Rent under Massachusetts law, please contact the landlord/ tenant attorneys at Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan, & Cannon for an initial consultation.

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