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In-Person Program

Residential Landlord-Tenant Practice: MCLE BasicsPlus!®

Practice forms and expert tips

Monday, 10/15/2012, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
4 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Your advice to clients depends upon your knowledge of the basics and new developments, as well as the all-important and ever-present element in any housing law case—judicial discretion. This landlord-tenant law program is a must if you practice, or would like to practice, in this area. Hear the expert panelists explain how to handle the majority of landlord-tenant cases. The basics are covered in a way that attorneys new to the area can easily understand. Much of this practice area can only be learned from the "battlefield"—not from books—because practice and procedure varies from court to court and much of the law is contained in hard-to-find opinions throughout the state. Experienced panelists from across the Commonwealth share their secrets, strategies, and traps for the unwary. You also hear valuable insights from a Housing Court Judge about the best way to present your client's claims in court. Do not get caught unprepared!

Agenda and written materials

  • Residential Leasing Basics: Leasing considerations (leases vs. tenancies at-will; rental subsidies); Basics of creating tenancies; Security deposits and last months' rent; Permitted and prohibited lease terms; Utilities; Discrimination issues in leasing
  • Tenant's Rights and Responsibilities: Disrepair (Pre-judicial remedies, including repair and deduct; Judicial remedies, including injunctive actions; Board of Health proceedings); Interference with quiet enjoyment; Breach of warranty of habitability; Reasonable accommodations; Hazardous conditions, including lead paint; Retaliation
  • Summary Process Procedure: Termination of tenancy (Notices to quit; Notices of termination for nuisance; Considerations for subsidized or special tenancies); Institution of eviction action (Timing and service); Answer and counterclaims; Discovery procedure; Pretrial motions; Trial tactics; Settlement and resolution of actions; Post-trial motions; Executions and enforcement of judgments
  • "View from the Bench": Recommendations for pre-trial success; Top trial tips (Mistakes to avoid; Effective trial preparation)
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Table of Contents


Catherine F. Downing, Esq., Law Offices of Catherine F. Downing & Associates, Boston


Michael J. Louis, Esq., Boston, City of/Housing Authority Legal Department, Boston
Edward Rice, Esq., Malden
Hon. Timothy F. Sullivan, Housing Court Department, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lawrence



  • $245
  • $225 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $165 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2008, pending admittees and law students
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