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Legal Information: Massachusetts

Housing Laws

Updated: 
January 31, 2021

Who is protected by these housing laws?

A tenant or co-tenant can terminate the rental agreement or tenancy if s/he or a household member is a victim of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, or stalking.1 To read what needs to be done before leaving, so that the tenant or co-tenant can be covered by the protections of this law, see What protections do these laws offer?

1 M.G.L. 186 § 24(a)