Before you rent, or even if you already are renting, become familiar with your rights and the resources available to assist you.


City of Boston launches RentSmart!

RentSmart compiles data from ISD and 311 to give renters access to property violations, maintenance requests that provides prospective renters and homeowners with data about Boston’s properties. RentSmart Boston compiles data from BOS:311 and the City’s Inspectional Services Division to give prospective tenants a more complete picture of the apartments they are considering renting. The tool prompts users for an address and generates a report to assist prospective tenants in understanding any previous issues with the property, including:

  • – Housing violations
  • – Building violations
  • – Enforcement violations
  • – Housing complaints
  • – Sanitation requests and/or
  • – Civic maintenance requests

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     Legal Help

                  Consumer Affairs – College Student Tenant Guide

    • MA Legal Help – Provides information about tenants’ rights in Massachusetts. You will find self-help forms, sample letters, booklets, handbooks, and frequently asked questions.
    • Small Claims Court
    • Small Claims Advisory Service (SCAS)- Information about Massachusetts small claims court, relevant laws for case resolution, and contact information to receive further help from SCAS staff.
    • Attorney General – View the AGO’s Guide for Student Renter’s
    • Greater Boston Legal Services
    • Lawyers for Affordable Justice

      Lawyers for Affordable Justice is collaborative legal incubator providing Boston residents with affordable legal assistance.We specialize in immigration, small businesss, employment, and landlord tenant issues

      (857) 277-1963

    • Volunteer Lawyers Project
    • MA Bar Association Lawyer Referral Program 
      (617) 654-0400;
    • Dial-a-Lawyer Program: (617) 338-0610 or toll-free (877) 686-0711

      Since March of 1991, the MBA has sponsored a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program that encourages members of the public to call with their legal problems and questions. This program was created in order to assist the people of Massachusetts that have fallen through the cracks of the legal and criminal justice system. On the first Wednesday of each month, volunteer attorneys give free, basic legal information by phone from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    • MA Legal Answers Online
      Mass Legal Answers Online is a website where low income Massachusetts residents can post their civil (non criminal) legal question. Volunteer attorneys will answer the question through the same website.
    • Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service
    • Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service is a convenient resource that gives you 24/7 access to panels of qualified lawyers,

      where you can compare attorney profiles, filter by geographic region, topic of legal need, and get matched with an appropriatelawyer.