Courtroom 16 at the Moakley Courthouse was packed last Wednesday for the monthly civil legal workshop through the BBA Reentry Education Program. This month’s session—on landlord and tenant law—drew a large and engaged crowd. During the session, Attorney Chris Saccardi (The Law Office of Christopher T. Saccardi) walked participants through their rights and responsibilities as either a landlord or tenant.
Beyond the Billable reached out to him to learn more. Here’s why he thinks this topic was particularly important for the attendees:
“Most people in and around Boston are either landlords or tenants at some point in their lives. Many of the people in Wednesday’s audience indicated that they were currently homeless, and it is likely that their next step would be finding an apartment to rent. During that process, it is important for them to understand their rights as potential tenants so as to ensure that their security deposits are properly handled, their apartments are safe and sanitary, and that they know what to do should they experience a discriminatory landlord. Individuals who are struggling to reenter society after sometimes lengthy prison sentences tend to be less educated and have lower incomes than the general population – this is the sort of population that could be taken advantage of by unscrupulous landlords. Knowing their rights as tenants in Massachusetts will hopefully be a small step toward leveling that playing field.”