Massachusetts Landlord-Tenant Late Fees and Credit Reporting During State of Emergency


According to the recent eviction moratorium law in Massachusetts (Act 2020, Chapter 65), landlords cannot impose late fees for non-payment of rent if they are notified of a tenant’s financial hardship due to COVID-19.

This provision applies only if “the tenant provides notice and documentation to the landlord that the non-payment of rent was due to a financial impact from COVID-19”.

Such notice must be given “not later than 30 days after the missed rent payment.”

The act requires the executive office of housing and economic developmentto develop forms for the tenant to use in order to document his or her hardship.

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