Massachusetts Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Last Updated: April 1, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

A Massachusetts month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.

Note: For fixed term leases in Massachusetts (i.e., 1-year), click here.

How do Massachusetts Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?

A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.

Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Massachusetts landlord tenant lawThis includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.

How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?

In Massachusetts, a landlord may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 30 days’ notice. Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. 186, § 12

Notice must be provided in written form.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?

In Massachusetts, landlords may provide a 30-Day Notice to at-will tenants for a rent increase.

Notice must also be provided in written form.

How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Massachusetts?

After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.

If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Massachusetts The process for eviction can be completed in 1 to 3 months but can take longer depending on the circumstances.

For more information on the eviction process in Massachusetts, click here.