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What Does The Rise In Heat Waves Mean For  A Landlord’s Responsibility To A Tenant?

What Does The Rise In Heat Waves Mean For A Landlord’s Responsibility To A Tenant?

With the rise of global temperatures, heat waves are becoming more commonplace. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “[h]eat waves are occurring more often than they used to in major cities across the United States. Their frequency has increased steadily, from an average of two heat waves per year during the 1960s to six per year during the 2010s and 2020s.” Not only that, but the duration of heat waves has also increased by an average of 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit. With these temperature increases in mind, what does this mean for Massachusetts landlords?

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How to Deal with Tenants Vaping or Smoking Marijuana

How to Deal with Tenants Vaping or Smoking Marijuana

Though smoking has always been an issue for landlords, marijuana smoke has increasingly become an issue since the recreational use of marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, dispensaries became more prevalent, and even more people started using (or openly using) cannabis. Massachusetts landlords retain the right to regulate marijuana smoking or vaping within their properties.

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Landlord’s Obligations to Accommodate Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

Landlord’s Obligations to Accommodate Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

An emotional support animal (ESA) is an animal that provides emotional support to a person with a disability just by its presence, no special training is needed. Both service animals and ESAs meet the definition of an assistance animal under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Landlords are obligated to make reasonable accommodations for tenants with ESAs or service animals.

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