How much money can I take from my residential tenant at the start of the tenancy?

Massachusetts law provides that you can collect the following sums:

  • Rent for the first month
  • Rent for the last month, calculated at the same rate as the first month;
  • A security deposit equal to the first month’s rent; and
  • The cost of purchasing and installing a key and lock.


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