• Legality of Upfront Tenant Fees
  • January 8, 2015 | Authors: John M. Lerner; Jonathan M. Sachs
  • Law Firms: Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. - Providence Office ; Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. - Boston Office
  • A recent Massachusetts federal district court case has placed a significant limitation on the type of upfront fees that landlords may charge tenants. On August 26, 2014, Judge Rya Zobel ruled that Equity Residential, a Chicago-based real estate investment trust, violated the Massachusetts Security Deposit Statute when it charged former tenants Brian and Kim Perry and Cheryl Miller application, amenity, community, and pet fees prior to the tenants occupying their respective units.