Well, they certainly have many duties and responsibilities with respect to tenants; however, tenants also have many reciprocal duties and responsibilities. The Greater Boston Real Estate Board has just published the eighth edition of Philip S. Lapatin's The Landlord Survival Guide/A Must for Owners and Managers of Rental Property in Massachusetts! If ever there was a sorting out of the law governing landlord tenant relations, this is the bible.
Although titled a landlord's "survival guide", the work is a must for anyone interested in landlord tenant relations. In eight well organized and easy to read chapters, the author takes the reader from Finding Tenants to Terminating the Tenancy and dealing with Security Deposits and Last Month's Rent. The State Sanitary Code is reproduced, as well as an exhaustive set of sample forms. For the reader's convenience, a "plain english" index is provided.
This book can be borrowed from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. For a list of holding libraries see the Library catalog.