Housing Code Checklist
In Massachusetts, the state Sanitary Code is the main law that gives tenants a right to decent housing. All rental housing must at least meet the state Sanitary Code. The Housing Code Checklist will help you protect your right to safe and decent housing.
Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
Student rental tips and information provided by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.
Rental Cost Comparison
This rental cost comparison information contains approximate ranges and averages of rent based on location and apartment style. Information was gathered from internal Boston College listings, local area postings, and a student survey. Money to which the landlord is entitled in advance of occupancy are limited by law to first and last month's rent, a security deposit, and a charge for purchase and installation of a lock and key. The amount of the security deposit and/or the last month's rent cannot be greater than the first month's rent. Rental agents typically charge one full month's rent commission fee. This fee is collected after all rental arrangements have been finalized. It is wise to negotiate and compare fees with the various agents.
Security Deposits 101
Unless you owe rent or the landlord claims you have damaged the apartment, he/she must return your deposit within 30 days after your tenancy ends. If the landlord claims damages, he/she must send you an itemized list of them within 30 days and return any part of the deposit not needed to cover repairs. He/she cannot deduct for "reasonable wear and tear." If the landlord does not contact you regarding the security deposit within the 30-day period (give or take a few days), you are entitled to the full deposit back. You can take your landlord to small claims court and sue for up to three times the amount of the deposit
Rights & Responsibilities
As a tenant you have both rights and responsibilities. Be sure you know what's expected of you - and what you can expect in return.
Renter's Insurance can provide protection against the loss of personal property and give you peace of mind at the same time. You will want to weigh the costs and benefits of Renter's Insurance for your particular situation. Rates and coverage will vary widely from company to company.