A Massachusetts month-to-month lease agreement is a contract between a landlord and tenant that authorizes the renting of a dwelling for one (1) month at a time. A month-to-month lease works similarly to a standard lease in that it states the terms and conditions of tenancy. However, the contracts differ in their procedures for termination and renewal. Both the landlord and tenant may end a month-to-month lease by providing the other with thirty (30) days’ written notice.
Should neither party decide to terminate, the agreement automatically renews for an additional term of one (1) month. The informal nature of this arrangement is beneficial to tenants who can’t commit to a long-term rental contract, and for landlords seeking to rent property on a short-term basis.
Notice for Terminating (Ch. 185 § 12) – Thirty (30) Days
Tenant Screening – Massachusetts Rental Application
The landlord must furnish the tenant with any fire insurance-related information if the tenant requests it. This must be done within fifteen (15) days of the request.
In accordance with federal law, landlords leasing property built before 1978 must provide a lead-based paint disclosure statement to potential tenants.
After the landlord has received the tenant’s security deposit, they must provide a receipt to the tenant that includes the amount, the date, and other relevant information.
When landlords demand a security deposit from tenants, they are required to complete a statement of condition form that outlines the current condition of the premises. The landlord should also complete a Move-in/Move-out Checklist to further document the condition of the property.