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Are you due a refund from your luxury building rental?

Posted by Chris Parnell on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

Live in a luxury apartment building in Massachusetts in the last four years? You may be due a refund. 

A Boston Federal court judge recently ruled that a landlord may not charge an amenity fee and that anyone who has paid a fee in the last 4 years may have a claim for a refund. 

If you were told that you needed to pay an amenity fee to use common amenities such as pools, gyms, lounges, etc. you may be due a refund. This all stems from a case involving two tenants in a Reading luxury building who had to pay an amenity fee. The judge ruled that forcing tenants to pay an amenity fee breaks Massachusetts housing law. The current law states that a landlord is only able to collect first month's rent, last month's rent, security deposit (up to one month's rent), and a lock and key fee. 

If you are asked to pay an amenity fee at a luxury building, experts say to challenge it with the building. If you have paid an amenity fee in the last four years, your best bet it to try to recover it from the management company. 


By Chris Parnell

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If you are looking for a luxury property to rent or purchase,
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