Massachusetts Standard Rental Agreement
1. Parties. The parties to this agreement are the Landlord:
Name: _____________________________________
City/State/Zip: _________________________ phone#____________________
The Tenant:
Name: _____________________________________
City/State/Zip: _________________________ phone#____________________
2. Property. Landlord rents to Tenant a dwelling located at:
Address: ___________________________________ City/State/Zip:
3.Term. The term of this lease shall be ________________commencing on: ___ (day) of
________ (month) ____ (year) until ___ (day) of ________ (month) ____ (year). This lease
shall automatically self-extend under the same terms and conditions as the initial lease and
shall continue in full force and effect from month- to -month unless and until otherwise
4. Rent. The rent shall be $ ____________ / month payable on the _______________ day of
every month, in advance, so long as this lease is in force.
5. Appliances. The following appliances and furniture: Stove, refrigerator,
___________________________________ are included in the rental of these premises.
6. Security Deposit. Upon the execution of this Agreement, Tenant shall deposit with Landlord
the sum of ____________________________________________ Dollars ($______________)
Receipt of which is hereby acknowledged by the Landlord, as security for any damage caused
to the Premises during the term of the lease. In accordance with ALM GL ch. 186, § 15B, such
deposit received by the Landlord shall be held in a separate, interest-bearing account in a bank,
located within the Commonwealth under such terms as will place such deposit beyond the claim
of creditors of the Landlord. Such deposit shall be returned to the Tenant, with interest at the
rate of five per cent per year or other such lesser amount of interest as has been received from
the bank where the deposit has been held, and less any set off for damages to the Premises
upon the termination of this Agreement.
7. Occupants. The Tenant shall not permit the dwelling to be occupied for longer than a
temporary visit by anyone except the individuals listed below and except any children born to or
adopted by such individuals during the term of this lease; however, the landlord reserves the
right to terminate this lease if the additional occupants would render the dwelling overcrowded
under the State Sanitary Code.
8. Notices. All notices shall be in writing and shall be given to the Tenant at the dwelling; all
rents and all notices, which shall be in writing, shall be given to the Landlord at:
(name of landlord or landlord's representative) (address) (phone) In case of emergency, Tenant
shall contact the following person:
(name of landlord) (address) (phone)
9. Utilities. Utilities shall be paid by the party indicated on the following chart:
(Please state Landlord or Tenant next to who will pay for the utility.)
__________ Electricity
__________ Gas
__________ Heat*
__________ Garbage Collection
__________ Trash Removal
__________ Hot Water*
__________ Other _________________________________________________
*The Landlord must provide the facilities for the provision of heat and hot water.
10. Use of Property. Tenant shall use the property for residential purposes only. Tenant agrees
not to engage in or permit any household members, relatives, guests, invitees or agents to
engage in any unlawful use of the dwelling unit, common areas or grounds.
11. Notice of Absence from Unit. Tenant shall notify the landlord in writing if the dwelling unit
will be left unoccupied by at least one adult household member for a period of longer than 30
days, and shall advise Landlord how to contact Tenant during such period.
12. Tenant's Duty to Maintain Premises. The Tenant shall maintain the premises in a clean
and neat condition and at all times comply with an occupant's obligations under Article II of the
Massachusetts State Sanitary Code.
13. Waste of Utilities. Tenant shall make every reasonable effort to conserve the use of utilities
supplied and paid for by the Landlord and shall not waste the same.
14. Damage. Tenant shall use all appliances, fixtures and equipment in a safe manner and only
for the purposes for which they are intended and shall not litter, destroy, deface, damage or
remove any part of the dwelling unit, common areas or grounds. Tenant shall pay amounts due
for repairs for property damage, reasonable wear and tear excepted, caused by the intentional
or negligent conduct of Tenant, a member of the Tenant's household, relatives, invitees, guests
or agents upon receipt of a bill from Landlord. The written bill shall include items of damage, the
corrective action taken and the cost thereof.
15. Alterations. No substantial alterations, addition or improvement shall be made by Tenant in
or to the dwelling unit without the permission of Landlord in writing. Such consent shall not be
unreasonably withheld, but may include the Tenant's agreeing to restore the dwelling unit to its
prior condition before moving out.
16. Locks. Tenant shall not change, alter, replace or add new locks without written consent of
Landlord. Any locks so permitted to be installed shall become property of the Landlord and shall
not be removed by Tenant. The Tenant shall promptly give a duplicate key to any such
changed, altered, replaced or new lock to Landlord.
17. Noise. Tenant agrees not to allow on his/her premises any excessive noise or other activity
which disturbs the peace
and quiet of other tenants in the building. Landlord agrees to prevent other tenants and other
persons in the building or common areas from similarly disturbing Tenant's peace and quiet.
18. Subleasing. Tenant shall not assign this agreement or sublet the dwelling unit without the
written consent of Landlord. Such consent shall not be withheld without good reason. This
paragraph shall not prevent Tenant from having guests for reasonably short periods of time.
19. Termination. Upon termination of this agreement, Tenant shall vacate the premises,
remove all personal property belonging to him/her and leave the premises as clean as she/he
found them, normal wear and tear and damage by unavoidable casualty excepted, and return all
keys to Landlord immediately upon vacating. The Tenant agrees that any personal property left
in or about the premises after the Tenant has vacated shall be considered abandoned property,
and the Landlord may sell or otherwise dispose of same without liability to the Tenant.
20. Permission for Landlord to Enter Unit. Tenant agrees to allow landlord or its agents to
enter the dwelling upon reasonable advance notice in order to inspect the premises, to
exterminate for pests, to make repairs or to show the premises to prospective tenants,
purchasers, mortgagers or their agents. The Tenant will not be unreasonable in denying entry.
Landlord may also enter the premises without prior consent if it appears to have been
abandoned by the Tenant or in case of emergency, and as otherwise permitted by law or court
21. Maintenance of Dwelling. The Landlord agrees to maintain the premises in a structurally
sound condition and to otherwise comply with an Owner's obligations under Article II of the
Massachusetts State Sanitary Code. Substantial violations of the State Sanitary Code shall
constitute grounds for abatement of rent.
22. Destruction of Premises. If the premises are rendered uninhabitable by fire, flood or other
natural disaster during the term of this agreement, this agreement shall be thereupon
23. Notification of Termination. Landlord shall not terminate this lease except for serious or
repeated breach of tenant's obligations hereunder. In cases of nonpayment of rent, Landlord
may terminate the tenancy by a 14-day written notice to vacate. In all other cases, Landlord may
terminate the tenancy by a 30-day written notice to vacate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the
Landlord may immediately terminate this Lease for any act or conduct of the Tenant, household
member or guest which entitles the Landlord to evict or enjoin the Tenant under Massachusetts
General Laws, Chapter 139, Section19.
24. Additional Conditions. If any, they are attached, initialed and dated by both parties, and
are a part of this lease.
25. Changes. Tenant agrees to obey the Rules and Regulations which are attached to this
lease and made a part thereof, which Landlord reserves the right to amend or supplement at
any time.
26. Entire Agreement. No changes or additions to this lease shall be made except by written
agreement between Landlord and Tenant. This lease and any attachments represent the entire
agreement between Landlord and Tenant.
27. Signature. WHEREFORE, We, the undersigned, agree to this Lease, by signing two copies
(one to be kept by Tenant and one by Landlord).
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