Massachusetts Tenant Screening
Move-in Checklist: Landlord must provide tenant with move-in checklist if landlord collects a security deposit. (186 Mass. Gen. Laws § 15B(2)(c))
Insurance: Upon tenant’s request and within 15 days, landlord must furnish the name of the company insuring the property against loss or damage by fire and the amount of insurance provided by each such company and the name of any person who would receive payment for a loss covered by such insurance. (186 Mass. Gen. Laws § 21)
Security Deposit: At the time of receiving a security deposit, landlord must furnish a receipt indicating the amount of the deposit; the name of the person receiving it, and, if received by a property manager, the name of the lessor for whom the security deposit is received; the date on which it is received; and a description of the premises leased or rented. The receipt must be signed by the person receiving the security deposit. Within 30 days of receiving security deposit, landlord must disclose the name and location of the bank in which the security deposit has been deposited, and the amount and account number of the deposit. (Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 186, § 15B)
Background Check Coverage for Massachusetts Tenant Screening:
- Criminal & Sex Offender Records – A statewide search including MA Department of Corrections and MA Sex Offender Registry.
- Eviction Records -The following counties are included Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester.
- Bankruptcies, Liens & Judgments – The following counties are included Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester, Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington and Wicomico, Worcester.