SECTION 1. Section 87DDD ½ of chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following:- This fee shall only be paid by the lessor of the residential dwelling and shall not be transferred to or paid by an other party.
SECTION 2. Section 15B of chapter 186 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “lessor” in line 16, the following words:- , or agent thereof,
SECTION 3. Said section 15B of said chapter 186 is hereby further amended by inserting at the end of subsection (1)(e), in line 42, the following new subsection:-
(f) No lessor, or agent thereof, may charge a tenant or prospective tenant a supplemental fee. No supplemental fee may be included as a condition of a lease. For the purpose of this subsection “supplemental fee” shall mean a fee charging tenants for, but not limited to, background checks, credit checks, state mandated property inspections, commission payments, cleaning of the residential dwelling, lawn care and landscaping maintenance, pest control, and personal out of pocket expenses. A supplemental fee may also be referred to as a processing fee, administrative fee, transactional fee, compliance fee, or additional fee. Supplemental fees shall not include a reasonable brokerage fee for the service of finding a property for lease.
SECTION 4. Said section 15B of said chapter 186 is hereby further amended by inserting at the end thereof the following:-
(10) A lessor, or agent thereof, of a residential property shall not require the signing of a lease more than three months in advance of the termination date of the current lease.
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