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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1933         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1261

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Robert F. Fennell

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to capital relief in a counterclaim.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1933        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1261

By Mr. Fennell of Lynn, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1261) of Robert F. Fennell relative to relief in a tenant counterclaim.  Housing. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to capital relief in a counterclaim.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  The second paragraph of section 8A of chapter 239 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 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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