SECTION 1. The second paragraph of section 8A of chapter 239 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 30 to 32, inclusive, the words “and (4) the plaintiff does not show that the conditions complained of cannot be remedied without the premises being vacated” and inserting in place thereof the following words:— (4) the plaintiff does not show that the conditions complained of cannot be remedied without the premises being vacated; and (5) the tenant or occupant files with any counterclaim or claim of defense under this section a true copy of a bank statement evidencing the deposit of all withheld rents as such rent became due.
SECTION 2. Said second paragraph of section 8A is hereby further amended by adding the following sentence:— Any owner, tenant, or occupant may request an order requiring the funds identified in the bank statement filed with the court under subparagraph (5) to be maintained in escrow on such terms as the court deems equitable.
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