Fighting for the Rights Of Those Injured by Negligent or Careless Actions

Boston Evictions Lawyer

Need Help Evicting a Tenant in Massachusetts?

Evicting a tenant in Massachusetts is difficult. However, a property owner may be left with no choice other than to begin such an action. Reasons for having to evict a tenant include nonpayment of rent, or other breaches of the lease agreement such as excessive noise or damage to the property.

If you are a landlord seeking to evict a tenant in Boston you should first consult with our experienced eviction lawyer. The eviction process is complicated and extremely detailed oriented, and you need to ensure that you are conducting the process correctly.

Garrett D. Lee from Mitcheson & Lee LLP is a partner at a Boston law firm that represents landlord-tenant issues efficiently and at a cost-effective price. Attorney Lee has represented many Massachusetts landlords in eviction hearings and can help you understand and navigate this difficult process.

Steps in a Successful Eviction Notice to Quit

In Massachusetts, the first step in a residential eviction is to terminate the tenancy using a “Notice to Quit.” The landlord must serve this Notice to Quit on the tenant and must ensure that the tenant actually receives it. The Notice to Quit should explain the reason for the termination of tenancy, and the date when the tenancy will end. For non-payment of rent situations, the Notice to Quit must be served on the tenant 14 days prior to the landlord beginning a summary process action in court. Other reasons for eviction require the Notice to Quit to be served a different number of days prior to the commencement of the summary process lawsuit in court. You should consult with an attorney to review your landlord-tenant dispute to determine the proper requirements for a Notice to Quit.

Commencement of Summary Process Action

If the notice period specified in the Notice to Quit has ended and the tenant has not moved out (or has not paid the money owed), the landlord may begin a summary process action in court. This requires the landlord to first serve the tenant with a summary process summons and complaint, and then file the summary process summons and complaint in court. The court will then schedule a trial where the landlord must prove that the tenancy was terminated properly pursuant to the law.

Tenants will have the right to assert counterclaims and defenses against the landlord, which could result in the tenant receiving more time at the subject premises, or even a monetary judgment against the landlord. It is thus important to seek representation by attorneys experienced with eviction actions.

If successful at trial, the court will issue an “Execution of Possession” and may also award monetary damages for owed rent and costs of filing the action. The Execution of Possession, when given to a sheriff by the landlord, legally allows the sheriff to physically remove the tenant and the tenants’ possessions from the apartment.

Consult a Boston Eviction Attorney Today

Landlords who attempt to represent themselves in a summary process eviction action frequently fail due to a technical error in the filing and service of documents. Thus, it is important to consult with an experienced eviction attorney who can ensure that the steps taken are in compliance with the law. Your attorney can also provide advice as to the most efficient way to resolve a dispute, such as settlement or mediation.

Mitcheson & Lee LLP frequently represents the rights of landlords and tenants in Massachusetts. Contact us at (617) 934-3207 to discuss your eviction situation.

Real Results from Our Boston Personal Injury Attorneys

See How We Have Helped Our Clients Recover Fair Compensation
  • $210 Thousand $210,000 Settlement
  • $150 Thousand $150,000 Settlement

What Are Clients

Have to Say About Our Services
  • “I would definitely recommend him to anyone!!”

    Former Client

  • “I felt confident and comfortable in his abilities to handle the task at hand.”

    Carmen A.

  • “Reach out to Luke Mitcheson and he will handle your situation in a professional and fair manner!”

    Former Client

  • “I felt that Attorney Mitcheson was open and honest with me of the process, he was upfront about the cost, the service he would provide and what I would need to do.”


  • “I recommend him to anyone looking for an injury lawyer!”

    Former Client

  • “The settlement was large and helped bring a measure of closure to a very unfortunate situation.”

    Former Client

  • “I contacted Attorney Lee about a complicated personal injury issue. I recommend him to anyone looking for an injury lawyer!”

    Previous Client

  • “He was very organized, responded to me in a timely manner, and expressed genuine concern that I receive the proper care and compensation for my injuries.”

    Former Client

  • “He communicated each step of the process effectively without overwhelming us.”


  • “I wholeheartedly recommend Luke for any personal injury cases that may arise.”