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Old 06-01-2008, 04:30 PM
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Sorry if these are basic questions, but I'm from the UK and we do things differently over here.

When you taks a 12 month lease, do you have to leave at the end of it? or is there some way you can stay on (other than by mutual agreement) - My question really is how does anyone who rents have security that they won't get booted out at the end of the lease?

Also, what restriction is there on rent increases? - can the landlord just up the rent at the end of the lease to get you out if he doesn't want to renew?

Finally, I'm guessing the landlord pays property taxes, but is the HOA normally included in the rent - in the UK we don't have things like water/heat etc included in the rent

Thanks for any help
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Old 06-01-2008, 08:30 PM
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Typically you don't have to leave, but you would need to renew the lease for another year or some people are able to convert to a month-to-month lease but that has its disadvantages as well. When renewing a lease, the landlord usually doesn't raise the rent by some outrageous amount, so I wouldn't worry about them kicking you out, but there is no rent control in Boston so there is no limit on increases. Unless there is a reason where someone is not a good tenant, you should be fine but there is nothing (anybody else correct me if I'm wrong) that require the landlord to renew the lease.

As far as utilities, it varies if they are included or not. I would say that many places here include heat/hot water, and it's something that I would recommend to get included since it can be quite expensive. Other utilities such as electricity, water, and cooking gas can also be included, but the ads will usually specify this.

Here are a couple of documents regarding rental housing in Boston (note that rental laws vary from one city to another) that you may find useful.

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Old 06-02-2008, 04:28 AM
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Thanks - That booklet was really useful and answers everything in detail
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